Dean of Students

Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Jun 03, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Hampden-Sydney College seeks a Dean of Students. Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the senior staff, the Dean of Students will be part of a dynamic team of senior administrators, collaborating to promote student engagement and success, as well as develop an inclusive and respectful atmosphere for student growth. Instrumental in advancing the College’s mission “to form good men and good citizens,” the Dean will have a creative, innovative vision and plan for developing and maintaining a unique and remarkable student life experience at Hampden-Sydney that will capitalize on the College’s distinctive mission as a liberal arts institution for men. Building upon the College’s rich history and traditions, the Dean will help its students to live ever more closely into and up to the College’s high ideals, embodied in its Honor Code and Code of Conduct. The Dean will also model the quality of character that the College seeks to instill in its young men and will lead efforts to develop and nurture in them the skills and habits that will allow them to find their full potential as individuals and members of the community.

The Dean will demonstrate unwavering concern and advocacy for the welfare and wellbeing of each and every Hampden-Sydney student, offering each support and compassion, treating each with dignity and respect, and leveraging any and every situation as an opportunity for their growth and development.

Minimally, a master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or a related field is preferable. However, a bachelor's degree, with significant related experience, will be seriously considered. The Dean will also have substantial administrative leadership experience and a successful record of implementing and advancing strategic student affairs priorities in a college or university setting. A fuller description of duties and expectations can be found here:

Hampden-Sydney is a selective liberal arts college in historic Southside Virginia dedicated to the education of men, enrolling approximately 1,000 students. Maintaining its original mission “to form good men and good citizens,” Hampden-Sydney has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1775, making it the tenth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Offering more than 20 majors, the cornerstone of the College’s educational program is a commitment to Rhetoric and young men learning how to express themselves well. More recent initiatives include a commitment to experiential learning. In the last five years, the College has built or renovated the Brown Student Center, the Viar-Christ Center for the Arts, the Pannill Center for Rhetoric and Communication, and the Grove residence complex for upperclassmen. The new $40 million Pauley Science Center is under construction and will be completed in the spring of 2022.

Our beautiful 1,300-acre campus includes historic and modern facilities, hiking/biking trails, and many other amenities. The campus is five miles from Farmville, which includes a historic walkable downtown with a local brewery, art and craft galleries, restaurants, and the High Bridge rails-to-trail state park that extends over 15 miles in each direction from town. Five additional state parks are located within 30 miles of campus and offer camping, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, and horseback riding. Farmville is also home to Longwood University and the Moton Museum, which is listed on the US Civil Rights Trail. The College is located 65 miles west of Richmond, 50 miles east of Lynchburg, and 75 miles south of Charlottesville, providing abundant opportunities for historic, cultural, and artistic resources, field trips, and employment opportunities for partners.

As a community, we are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women and minoritized groups. Hampden-Sydney College values diversity, prohibits discrimination, and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, which details qualifications for and interest in the position and a current CV with a list of current references. Review of applications will begin June 25, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Ideally the successful candidate will begin before the 2021-22 academic year. Apply at our website You may also mail your application to Hampden-Sydney College, Human Resources, P.O. Box 25, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943.