Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Search

Minnesota State invites applications and nominations for the position of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Minnesota State seeks an experienced, dynamic, and visionary educational leader focused on student success with significant experience in a mission-driven, complex organization. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of leading change; an innovative mindset to support the redesign of teaching, learning, and student support services; a strong vision for equity and inclusion; and collaborative management and communication skills. 

The Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs will:

  • Provide strategic leadership and support to deliver on the system’s academic and student services mission in a time of rapid transformation in higher education to respond to the educational needs of students and meet the challenges facing the system and the state
  • Serve as a strategic resource to the chancellor, chancellor’s cabinet, presidents, academic and student affairs leaders, faculty, staff, and students to design and deliver innovative programs that support the system’s goal of Equity 2030
  • Establish effective alignment, collaboration and communication between colleges, universities, and Minnesota State to achieve institutional and systemwide goals and excellence
  • Responsible for leading the systemwide effort to increase the maturity of data democratization at the system and campus level
  • Collaborate with system and college and university leaders to ensure campuses are welcoming, inclusive and success-oriented environments for students, faculty, and staff
  • Design, develop, and evaluate system and campus-led strategies to advance student access, persistence and retention, and completion, particularly for those at-risk and under-represented students
  • Provide leadership and proactive implementation of cultural diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action policies and programs in partnership with system and college and university leaders
  • Monitor and support colleges, universities, and the system’s progress toward student success across all equity dimensions
  • Provide support/technical assistance, accountability, and best practice modeling
  • Develop working and maintain strong relationships with organizations that represent or support diverse and underrepresented groups in the state to achieve objectives of mutual interest
  • Work with communities of color and Indigenous communities to support educational and cultural needs of diverse student populations
  • Serve as administrative liaison and staff to the Board of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee
  • Work collaboratively with state partners in K-12 and other higher education institutions/organizations to advance educational growth opportunities for all Minnesotans
  • Serve as a statewide leader and advocate for Minnesota State, our colleges and universities, and public higher education with state and national officials
  • Contribute as a thought leader on national issues and trends regarding higher education

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates.

For a full application package please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.

The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries and application materials to:

Betty Asher 
Co-Founder, Greenwood Asher & Associates and Vice President & Managing Partner, Kelly

Lauren McCaghren 
Senior Executive Search Consultant at Greenwood Asher & Associates

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