Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mississippi, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 29, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Rust College, the oldest historically black college (HBCU) and the second oldest college in the state of Mississippi, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs. Rust College is located in the city of Holly Springs in the Northwestern part of Mississippi, approximately 35 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.

The Rust College community seeks to attract a leader with strong interpersonal skills who can support the College's mission, faculty and students through a time of transformation. The incoming VP will join the College at a critical time with the unique opportunity to work alongside a new President to help chart a course forward. In doing so, the VP will establish a vision for academic affairs, engage with the faculty in support of innovation and be dedicated to implementing change. Members of the President's Cabinet must bring ideas that build on institutional mission and values yet extend the institutional reach in new directions. The VP will be a collaborative but decisive leader. Housing is available to the selected candidate.

Rust College seeks candidates with the following additional knowledge, skills, and characteristics:
• A leadership style that is collaborative and effective in achieving institutional priorities
• Extensive knowledge of the rapidly changing landscape of higher education, and a willingness to lead a change agenda
• Understanding and appreciation of the small HBCU experience
• Commitment to shared governance; an understanding and appreciation for faculty
• Knowledge of, and experience with outcomes, programmatic and/or institutional assessment processes, methods and strategies
• Ability to foster and sustain an academic culture that promotes innovation and excellence in teaching and learning
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Successful experience with financial management, strategic planning and integration of technology into higher education
• Knowledge of the best practices in higher education and how to adapt them creatively to Rust's environment
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching
• Management style that is collegial and accessible
• Successful experience as the equivalent of a department chair and a dean
• Sound decision making that is data-driven
• Willingness to play a leadership role in the Holly Springs community
•Student-centered perspective
• Successful grant writing/fundraising skills
• An awareness of current and impending market and societal trends affecting undergraduate and graduate education, both domestic and international
• Successful experience developing and supporting partnerships and articulation agreements
• Successful experience with regional accreditation
• A vision consistent with the College's vision
• Successful research preferred

For more information about this position, the College, qualifications, as well as the application process, please review the full profile on the Academic Search open searches page at:

The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. To arrange a confidential conversation about this position please contact the senior consultant managing the search, Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins at The position is open until filled, and applications received by May 7, 2021 are assured full consideration.

The anticipated start date for the role is on or about July 15, 2021. To apply, a candidate should prepare a thoughtful letter of interest addressing the leadership agenda and the required and desired qualifications. Include also a current, long-form resume or curriculum vita (showing relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments) and the names, phone numbers, and addresses of at least five professional references, with an indication of the candidate's relationship to each reference. References will not be contacted until a later stage in the search, and only with the candidate's foreknowledge. Nominations and application materials should be sent to