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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Posted: 02/12/2020
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), a leading national research university, seeks an inspiring and strategic leader to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA). Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor, and serving on the Chancellor’s cabinet, the VCSA will join Nebraska at a time of tremendous momentum and opportunity. As the chief student affairs officer, the VCSA will play a central role in the university's onward path to prominence and will lead a committed staff to shape and promote the vision of a fully integrated student experience.

UNL is deeply committed to its land-grant mission and is consistently recognized for its value and access to the citizens of Nebraska and beyond.

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is responsible for a dynamic student affairs operation with a budget of more than $100 million, and with a staff of 800 managerial, office, and service professionals and 1,700 student employees. The VCSA will support an increasingly diverse student body and build an inclusive environment, manage and develop a strong student affairs management team, and provide oversight of a complex business enterprise. The VCSA will serve as a highly engaged and visible advocate for students, and will build robust and meaningful connections within the campus community. Serving within the state’s public higher education system, the VCSA will support Nebraska’s access and affordability mission, as well as embrace the university’s Husker traditions and valued partnerships within the city of Lincoln and the state.

The VCSA position requires an experienced and energetic professional with a thorough understanding of the best practices in student affairs, as well as the key issues that face the student population in modern higher education. The successful candidate will be a visible, student-centered leader with a highly collaborative management style and a strong record of creating a climate of openness and mutual respect. The VCSA must also possess a deep understanding of the educational value of a land-grant research institution and be astute to the trends, challenges, and opportunities for innovation in student affairs.

Recently, the university laid out a bold N150 vision for the next 25 years: The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is unparalleled among public research universities in access, opportunity, innovation, and life-long experiential learning. Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the university’s first five-year strategic plan to achieve this vision, N2025, which is launching in February 2020. The VCSA will be expected to provide visionary leadership to the Office of Student Affairs, ensuring the alignment with this plan, and collaborate across the university to meet these ambitious goals.

The firm Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist the search committee in this important recruitment. More information is available online at Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to the firm at Applications should include a letter of interest addressing the themes of the full position profile, and a CV or a resume. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 16, 2020.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. UNL is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and included. UNL does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities and employment. UNL complies with all local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

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