University of North Carolina Wilmington — Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

About the Opportunity
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (“UNCW”) seeks an outstanding, inspiring, caring, collaborative, and experienced leader to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (“VCSA”). Reporting to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is a senior university officer responsible for the direction, administration and oversight of student life and student services/development programs. While ensuring excellence in student affairs, the VCSA will be a builder of strong campus communities, an unwavering advocate for student needs, and a gifted administrator and colleague who will lead with trust and transparency to shape and promote a fully integrated student experience and enhance the strong existing collaborative connections between the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of student life. The VCSA will be charged with leading the Division of Student Affairs in ensuring a safe and engaging environment that is inclusive for all students, and together with campus staff, faculty and students, will propose and implement informed solutions for creating a sense of belonging on campus for all students, advance student mental health and wellness services, and support student success. The next leader will build upon the strong legacy of nationally recognized student affairs leadership.

About the Role of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The Vice Chancellor is the spokesperson for student services and student needs, quality of life, and co-curricula outside the classroom; is responsible for policy, long-range planning, budgeting, personnel, and leadership in the administration of student services/student development; and oversees the Division of Student Affairs departments which include:

  • Abrons Student Health Center
  • Assessment
  • Research and Planning
  • Campus Life
  • Campus Recreation
  • CARE ( Victims’ Advocacy)
  • Career Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Health Promotions
  • Dean of Students
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Transition Programs
  • University Learning Center
  • University Testing Services


  • Master’s degree in higher education or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of seven years in a senior leadership role in higher education.
  • A dynamic and motivating team leader who functions effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to manage a complex organization.
  • Works effectively and collegially with all members of the campus community.
  • Able to provide sound judgment and key decisions that impact the
  • university and its various stakeholders.
  • Able to synthesize information, analyze and evaluate the consequences of decisions, and be decisive in leadership actions.
  • Have an understanding of student development theory, leadership programs and student transitions.
  • Previous experience in student judicial system administration, and evidence of knowledge pertaining to current legal issues and trends impacting university environments.
  • Extensive knowledge of upper-level university/college operations.
  • Excellent written and oral communications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree.
  • Experience in crisis management and emergency response.
  • Familiarity with program development and understanding of student involvement.

About UNCW
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. A member of the 16-university campus system of the University of North Carolina, UNCW is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. It is an exciting time to join UNCW as the university was recently elevated to doctoral status with high research activity (Research 2 University). This is a terrific opportunity for an accomplished student affairs leader to serve students as a respected and trusted ally, and to lead the university’s efforts to provide the very best student experience. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels.

The academic programs are housed in the Cameron School of Business, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, the College of Science and Engineering, the Watson College of Education and the Graduate School. UNCW is widely acknowledged for a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship.

The university has seen considerable growth over the past decade, and it continues to see increased demand for high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs. Accepted first-year students had an average high school GPA of 4.04 and mid-range SAT of 1240-1343. UNCW has largely drawn its applicants for undergraduate education from in-state; as a UNC System institution, approximately 18% of first year students are from out of state. The university has made it a strategic priority to increase enrollments of both out-of-state and international students for undergraduate admission.

To Apply
For priority consideration, please provide:

  1. A letter of interest
  2. A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) by September 5, 2023, to

This position remains open until filled. Please direct nominations and questions regarding the search and/or application process to Lynn Duffy, senior associate vice president for leadership development and talent acquisition at

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to and will provide equal educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status or relationship to other university constituents—except where sex, age or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for state-funded employee benefit programs.

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