Wayne State College, a comprehensive public college in Nebraska, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs. The College is seeking an experienced and visionary leader who can provide direction in administering a comprehensive portfolio of programs, services, and strategic initiatives that support students in and out of the classroom. The Vice President serves as a member of the senior leadership team of the College, reporting directly to the President.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to shape the future for student affairs at an institution devoted to student success and regional service. The College seeks a Vice President who will: embrace the role as a visible leader and campus partner engaged with students, staff, faculty, and the local community; develop a comprehensive strategic plan and direction for the division; identify and implement innovative approaches to addressing student needs; motivate and lead staff; collect, analyze, and share data and information to support new programs and approaches; and actively promote an inclusive community for all students.

Wayne State College

Located in Northeast Nebraska, Wayne State College has educated students for over 100 years. One of three members of the Nebraska State College System, the College distinguishes itself by providing educational excellence in a small, personalized setting. The beautiful 128-acre campus serves over 3,600 students who have a choice of more than 130 majors. In fall 2018, the College welcomed its largest first-year class since 1995, and it experienced a 10% increase in overall enrollment driven by new academic programs and partnerships, updated and new facilities, and a continuing focus on supporting students in their academic and co-curricular experiences.  Wayne State has been the recipient of a number of awards, honors, and distinctions due to its commitment to service, student success, and providing an exceptional education at an affordable cost. The entire community is focused on making Wayne State a great place for students to thrive and advance their futures, and there is a collective sense of excitement about the future of the College.

The Position

The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) reports to the President, is a member of the administrative management team and cabinet, and serves as the senior student affairs officer. The VPSA is responsible for creating, leading, and supporting an environment that promotes student growth and development. A major focus of the position is creating experiences and engagement opportunities that retain students and facilitate degree completion. The VPSA provides leadership, vision, and direction to the programs and services within Student Affairs which include: Residential Life, Student Activities and the Student Center, Multicultural Affairs and International Programs, Counseling, Student Health, Title IX Compliance, Campus Security, TRiO Student Support Services, Bookstore, and Campus Dining.

The Vice President will:

  • Provide vision, strategic direction, and leadership for Student Affairs
    • Hire and supervise professional and support staff to carry out the Student Affairs mission
    • Oversee and manage strategic planning for Student Affairs in a manner that improves accountability, sustainability, and effectiveness
    • Develop and manage all budgets in the unit
    • Encourage and support a campus community that values and supports diverse thoughts and viewpoints, and develop initiatives to enhance genuine inclusion
    • Serve as an advocate for student welfare; advise the student government organization
    • Work collaboratively with the College’s leadership to develop strategies for enhancing student recruitment and retention
    • Collaborate with faculty and academic leadership on programs and initiatives that support student learning
    • Promote a culture of assessment and continuous improvement in Student Affairs, and make evidence-based decisions regarding programs and services
    • Keep the President apprised of critical student life issues
    • Develop and maintain partnerships with campus, alumni, and local community stakeholders
    • Provide leadership in interpreting and implementing Nebraska State College System (NSCS), state, and federal policies and regulations related to student services
    • Provide leadership and manage the campus dining and bookstore contracts

Reporting directly to the Vice President are: Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator, Student Health Nurse, Office Assistant, and Directors of: Counseling; Multicultural Affairs and International Programs; Student Activities and Student Center; and TRiO Student Support Services.


    • Master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs, or other relevant field; doctorate preferred
    • Seven years of experience in Student Affairs that demonstrates increasing administrative and management responsibilities
      • Strong experience in one or more of the functional areas within the portfolio preferred
    • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, staff supervision and management, fiscal oversight, and facility planning
    • Strong operational and business management skills that foster a climate of data driven decision making from knowledge of best practices in Student Affairs
    • Understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Excellent communication, team building, and conflict resolution skills
    • Ability to relate to and work with a range of professional staff, faculty, senior administrative colleagues, students, parent and guardians, alumni, and off-campus constituencies

Application Procedure and Timeline

Keeling & Associates, LLC is partnering with Wayne State College on this search. Application materials should include a resume and a letter of interest and must be sent to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “WSC VPSA.” Review of applications begins on March 8, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Confidential nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for conversations about the position prior to application are welcome and should be directed to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, at jfewing@keelingassociates.com

The Nebraska State Colleges are equal opportunity institutions and do not discriminate against any student, employee, or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities. Each College has designated an individual to coordinate the Colleges’ non-discrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and practices may be directed to the Compliance Coordinators assigned at each College and identified on each College website.

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