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Washington State University
Posted: 07/21/2023
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Washington State University (WSU) seeks a collaborative, strategic, and innovative leader to serve as the next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) on the flagship campus in Pullman. WSU is an R1 institution and Washington’s land grant university. The incoming VCSA will lead and further develop WSU’s approach for student development, wellness, and success. Working both within the Pullman campus and across the university system, the VCSA will drive strategies to deliver on the promise of a transformative, impactful, and equitable experience for all students.

Founded in 1890 in Pullman, WSU has seen incredible growth over the last 30 years — going from a single flagship campus to an evolving system of 6 interconnected campuses and extension centers in every county across the State. WSU now has campuses in the growing population centers of Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. In 2015, WSU added a new medical school to the system at the Health Sciences campus in Spokane, and in 2018, Academic Outreach and Innovation was elevated as WSU’s sixth campus (WSU Global) formally led by a Chancellor. WSU operates as an integrated university system, known as OneWSU, with one accreditation and all campuses adhering to the same set of goals, practices, and policies. The WSU system united by consistent branding, quality, and mission-orientation, while continuing to provide appropriate levels of autonomy for each campus location.

WSU Pullman is a vibrant student-centered campus that serves more than 17,000 of WSU’s more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Student Affairs ensures a rich and vibrant student life experience, often called the “Coug Experience,” which enables students to create their own college journeys. A key feature of the student experience is the Compton Union Building, or the “CUB,” which serves as a gathering place for all members of the WSU community. It is an integrative educational, social, and physical environment that inspires personal and intellectual growth, intercultural engagement, and community activism. The flagship residential campus also features beautiful grounds, state-of-the-art facilities, Pac-12 sports, an Art Museum, leading research programs, and a student experience offering nearly unlimited opportunities.

The Vice Chancellor will join a team of strong, innovative, and collaborative Student Affairs professionals dedicated to enhancing student success and strengthening the experience of WSU students by prioritizing student readiness, health and wellbeing, equity and inclusion, and leadership development. Student Affairs provides essential leadership for the out-of-classroom experiences of students in partnership with academic affairs. The Division of Student Affairs includes 30 departments and employs over 600 full and part-time staff on the Pullman campus. Key areas include: student health and wellbeing; student leadership, development, and engagement; student care and community standards; student access and success; housing and residence life; community, equity, and inclusion; and facilities and essential services. The VCSA reports to the WSU Pullman Chancellor.

The VCSA will have an exceptional opportunity to lead and contribute to a thriving university by leveraging its many strengths, including its strong sense of pride and community, to become a university recognized for embracing risk and bold thinking to serve the needs of its students. In this role, the VCSA will address the following opportunities and challenges:

· Develop and implement a strategic vision that further grows a cohesive Student Affairs division;
· Partner with academic and service units to enhance student engagement and support;
· Grow financial resources to enhance the student experience;
· Inspire, lead, and develop a multifaceted and dedicated Student Affairs team;

The anticipated salary range for this position is $250,000 – $275,000 annually and is commensurate with related experience and qualifications. Relocation assistance is available. WSU offers an inspiring higher education environment and offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, and paid time off. Learn more about WSU Employee benefits please visit: hrs.wsu.edu/employees/benefits.

Washington State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/open-searches/washington-state-university/vice-chancellor-student-affairs. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Julie Filizetti, Belén Gutiérrez, and Katherine Pusecker-Kilcawley
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111

WSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. Read more about WSU’s equal opportunity/affirmative action compliance on the Office of Compliance and Civil Rights website.