Vice President for Inclusion and Belonging

University of Richmond

The University of Richmond seeks a collaborative, bridge-building strategist to serve as the institution’s inaugural vice president for inclusion and belonging. For decades, Richmond has made important strides in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion – important components that contribute to a sense of belonging – in its university community. Guided by the university’s mission, vision, and values, and a new strategic plan that includes pillars such as belonging and community, as well as well-being, and with the support and partnership of the president, the senior leadership team, and the Board of Trustees, this inaugural vice president will connect and build on robust and ongoing efforts across the university community to foster inclusion and belonging and help to further position the University of Richmond as a leader in the national conversation on belonging in higher education.

Reporting to the president and serving as a member of the president’s cabinet, the vice president for inclusion and belonging will be a strategic partner to the president and senior leadership team in enhancing existing efforts related to inclusion and belonging while also establishing and leading new efforts across the university and implementing parts of the university’s new strategic plan. This individual will serve as a visible and active resource for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts; lead a strategic framework to guide ongoing work across campus and identify growth opportunities; work with key campus partners to design constructive and intentional programming for the university community; and serve as a strategic advisor to other campus offices, including ones that serve students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, optimistic, and forward-thinking subject matter expert in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, with the demonstrated ability to lead, collaborate, and engage empathetically across differences.

A committee supported by the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller will lead the search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to the firm as indicated below.

Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner
Lehman Robinson, Associate
Alexis Scott, Senior Search Coordinator
Isaacson, Miller

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community strongly encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity.

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