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Associate Provost and Dean of Students

Clark University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 9, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Worcester, MA


Clark University, a nationally ranked private liberal arts-based research university, seeks an accomplished, dynamic, and strategic leader for the position of Associate Provost and Dean of Students (DOS) to lead the Division of Student Affairs. Reporting to the Provost and serving as a member of the University’s Senior Leadership Team, the DOS will join Clark under energetic new leadership as the University also welcomed its 10th president and distinguished alumnus, David Fithian ’87, just last July, and has welcomed a new Provost, Sebastián Royo, this summer. The DOS will foster a vibrant and rich campus culture in keeping with Clark’s strong tradition of liberal arts education and the evolving needs, passions, and experiences of Clark’s intellectual, entrepreneurial, increasingly diverse, and socially engaged student body.


As a key part of the senior team, the DOS is a member of the Provost’s Management Group and the President’s Leadership Group and will successfully position the student experience with senior leadership on an ongoing basis. The new DOS will be a seasoned student affairs leader with an inspiring vision for campus life at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in the University’s approach to Strategic Enrollment Management and student retention/persistence and with efforts to ensure diversity, equity, and a fully inclusive campus experience for all students. Regarding the latter, the next DOS will have the opportunity to develop, implement, and lead innovative student-focused initiatives that respond to students’ candidly expressed expectations that the University will enhance its efforts and become a leader in these areas. The DOS will be an innovative and collaborative partner in Clark’s effort to offer an outstanding and integrated curricular and co-curricular program. The successful candidate will bring a thorough understanding of best practices in student affairs, the enthusiasm to shape new strategies, and the creativity to meet the particular challenges facing higher education today.


Clark University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, and application materials including a letter of interest and resume, in confidence, to: 

Natalie Leonhard, Partner

Ponneh Varho, Partner

Tiffany Weber, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller, Inc.


Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: the University believes that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, its employees, and its community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Clark’s commitment to diversity informs its efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. Clark strongly encourages members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

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