Buena Vista University seeks a student-focused, creative student development leader to serve as the next Vice President for Student Success (VPSS), the University’s chief student affairs officer. The VPSS will provide vision, strategic direction, and executive management of student life, student services, student development and Buena Vista University’s NCAA Division III Athletics programs. As a member of the President’s Council, the Vice President must work collaboratively with senior colleagues to promote student learning, development, and success.
Buena Vista University is located on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in Northwest Iowa. Since 1891, we have prepared students for lifelong success and blended liberal arts with real-world applications. We foster an environment based on success both for our students and our employees, and we strive to build and support a diverse community. BVU firmly stands behind our motto, Education for Service, and was recently awarded the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Through our commitment to rural Iowa, we currently have 15 bachelor’s degree completion locations across the state, as well as online bachelor’s and master’s programs. Storm Lake, IA is a diverse community in both population and opportunity; in fact, Storm Lake is one of the most diverse communities in Iowa, with no single racial or ethnic group comprising 40% of the population.
Reporting to the President Brian Lenzmeier, the Vice President for Student Success (VPSS) will provide leadership to a developing team as they move divisional initiatives forward and mature into a synergistic group. As the chief student affairs officer, the VPSS will work closely with members of both the President’s Council and the Student Success divisional leadership team, as well as partners across campus, to enhance student engagement, retention, and success.
Buena Vista University’s new Vice President for Student Success will oversee the organization, integration, and assessment of divisional initiatives with overarching campus goals, as well as the guide the development of new initiatives and champion their implementation. The successful candidate will have 5 years of experience in student development or a related field, preferably in positions with progressively increasing levels of responsibility for leading staff and budget management. A Master’s degree is required, with doctorate preferred, in a relevant field of study.
Applications and Nominations
This search is assisted by Academic Search, led by Senior Consultant Scott Flanagan and Consultant Mahauganee Shaw. Nominations, inquiries, and application materials can be submitted to BVUVPSS@academicsearch.org. Review of applications will begin May 17 and continue through May 31 or until the position is filled. The process will move quickly, with an eye toward a start date in advance of the start of the 2021-22 academic year. For more information about BVU, the VPSS position and portfolio, and the application procedures, please visit: https://academicsearch.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/8/ASI-Buena-Vista-University-VP-for-Student-Success-Profile.pdf
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