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Associate Vice President, Academic Engagement

Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, Florida
Posted Date
Jul 8, 2022

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Associate Vice President, Academic Engagement

at Florida Gulf Coast University 

Florida Gulf Coast University, a comprehensive state institution of higher education in Southwest Florida, seeks an experienced administrator and innovative leader in student success programs to serve as Associate Vice President, Academic Engagement. Reporting to Dr. Mitch Cordova, the Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Management, the Associate Vice President, Academic Engagement serves on the Vice President Leadership Team and is an active participant in all aspects of University-wide student academic engagement. This administrator provides leadership and administrative oversight for Adaptive Services, Career Development Services, Center for Academic Achievement, Internships and Cooperative Programs, Office of the First Year Experience, Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Testing and Assessment, Student Support Services and Outreach Programs, and University Advising Services. While a start date is negotiable, the preference is November 1, 2022.

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About the University

Accepting its first student in 1997, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is one of the newest member institutions of the State University System of Florida and is celebrating its 25th year anniversary. Dr. Michael V. Martin has served as President since July 1, 2017. FGCU’s Board of Trustees is launching a national search to hire its fifth president as President Martin retires from office in December 2022. 

     Emphasizing innovative, student-centered teaching and learning, the University values and promotes environmental sustainability, diversity, community partnerships, public service, civic responsibility, and lifelong learning. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges Report, FGCU is tied for 7th in Most Innovative Schools among Regional Universities in the South in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, and facilities. 

     Serving nearly 16,000 students, FGCU offers 63 undergraduate programs, 26 master’s degree programs, 7 doctoral programs, and 17 academic certificates, all of which prepare students to excel and innovate. The University has 11 colleges and schools: College of Arts & Sciences, Lutgert College of Business, College of Education, U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Marieb College of Health & Human Services, Honors College, Bower School of Music & the Arts, Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship, School of Nursing, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, and The Water School. In addition to on-campus classes, a number of undergraduate courses and graduate degree programs and certificate programs are taught online. The average freshman retention rate is 81 percent. The University holds the second-highest graduate employment rate among all Florida state universities.

     Students have access to significant academic resources and support services to keep them on track to graduate on time and launch successful careers. Eighty-one percent of classes are taught by full-time faculty. FGCU’s 587 faculty members represent a diverse community of scholars and researchers with a strong commitment to teaching and service. 

     FGCU houses over 4,700 residents in state-of-the-art award-winning residence halls, including nationally recognized Sovi Hall, of that, 80% are freshman attending college for the first time. Beyond the classroom, FGCU provides meaningful opportunities and programming that support students’ interests, enhances personal growth, and encourages campus and community involvement.     

Student Success & Enrollment Management Division

Student Success & Enrollment Management is a comprehensive student-centered division that is comprised of four units containing 13 departments. The mission and goal of this division is to optimize and maximize FGCU’s efforts in 1) attracting and admitting best-fit students to FGCU, 2) enhancing student engagement and campus life, 3) improving student retention, persistence, and four-year graduation rates, and 4) decreasing the cost of attendance while enhancing the employability of students following graduation.

Academic Engagement 

Academic Engagement fosters student success through programs and services that support the academic mission of the institution, while playing a role in helping the University to achieve preeminence through meeting the goals outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan. The unit includes the following departments: Adaptive Services, Career Development Services, Center for Academic Achievement, Internships and Cooperative Programs, Office of the First Year Experience, Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Testing and Assessment, Student Support Services and Outreach Programs, and University Advising Services.

Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management is responsible for marketing, recruiting, yielding, admitting, financially supporting, and enrolling undergraduate and graduate students while serving and retaining the 16,000+ current FGCU students and looking for opportunities to expand recruitment strategies, leverage scholarships and merit aid, and support the success of FGCU’s growing student population by creating, maintaining, and protecting academic information. This unit supports Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Records and Registration, Community Outreach, and Veterans Benefits.

Student Engagement

Student Engagement is dedicated to the individual needs of each student and to the support of and advocacy for the diverse of the student body. This staff is fully committed to the personal growth of FGCU students to help maximize their success while attending the University. The unit is comprised of Housing & Residence Life, Student Health Services, Campus Recreation, Prevention & Wellness, and Campus Life.

Student Financial, Enrollment & Business Services

Student Financial, Enrollment & Business Services delivers seamless, efficient, and timely financial aid, scholarships, enrollment, and business services to all students using innovative technology and the highest level of customer service. This unit includes the Enrollment Services Center, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and Retention & Graduation Services.

The Opportunity

The Associate Vice President (AVP), Academic Engagement reports directly to the Vice President for Student Success & Enrollment Management and works collaboratively with members of the Vice President’s leadership team and leadership within the Office of the Provost. The AVP is responsible for developing a comprehensive vision, in consultation with students, faculty, staff, and the Vice President’s Leadership Team, that provides FGCU students with a co-curricular support system that equals the quality and richness of FGCU’s academic programs. The AVP will work collaboratively with leadership across the academic colleges to advance the University’s mission and strategic plan for academic engagement, including developing strategies and metrics to address specific issues and deliver outcomes that enhance academic success for all students.    

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight and direction to the Assistant Vice President, University Advising Services to implement a strategic plan for academic advising that aligns and enhances academic advising, degree planning, and student success at all point in students’ academic careers.
  • Provide oversight and direction to the offices, programs, and services under Experiential Learning & Career Development that support students’ major and career exploration and preparation for the world of work.
  • Provide oversight and direction to the offices, programs, and services under Academic Support Programs & Services that support the academic success of all students.
  • Provide oversight and direction to the offices, programs, and services under First Year Experience and Retention programs that provide all incoming students audiences with a holistic, multifaceted set of programs and services that foster intellectual and social engagement, as well as a strong connection to the University.
  • Provide oversight and direction to the offices, programs, and services under Athletics Academic Advising that support the academic success of all varsity student-athletes.
  • Identify trends and factors tied to academic engagement and academic success that can be used to develop strategies to enhance student retention, persistence, and graduation rates.
  • Engage in and lead an analytical, data-driven approach to problem solving and decision-making.
  • Facilitate a culture of knowledge-based decision-making and accountability in Academic Engagement.
  • Generate comprehensive, user-friendly reports for distribution to stakeholders throughout the campus.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Vice President’s Leadership Team.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.



  • Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field or discipline
  • Six or more years of progressive leadership experience at the director or assistant vice president level in the area of academic engagement, with an outstanding record of department and/or unit management and leadership
  • Demonstrated experience developing strategies and/or programs for advancing students through their academic progression and with their professional goals
  • Experience working directly with or overseeing programs designed to help first-generation
  • students succeed
  • Experience articulating and executing marketing/communication strategies to successfully
  • engage students
  • Experience in the knowledge and use of technology specific to academic engagement: Banner, Workday, Tableau, COGNOS, and any other tools and resources that capture relevant information about academic engagement


  • Experience with grant writing and report writing to secure Federal funding for programs such as TRIO
  • Experience across other core functional areas of the Division of Student Success & Enrollment Management that align with student engagement, enrollment management, and student financial, enrollment, and business services at the Director or Assistant Vice President level or higher Experience collaborating with other core areas and colleges and schools within the Division of Academic Affairs related specifically to retention and graduation rates
  • Experience overseeing various Student Success efforts within an academic college or a Division of Academic Affairs
  • Experience with utilizing predictive data analytics in an academic engagement setting
  • Extensive experience working with student programming, facilities management, and state and auxiliary budget operations on a campus level
  • University teaching experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to effectively address and communicate the needs of a variety of different student populations, including first time in college, first-generation, transfer, non-traditional, commuter, and traditionally underrepresented students
  • Ability to work independently, with minimum oversight, attend to multiple projects simultaneously, and to deliver accurate results and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of contemporary best practices in academic engagement and student success, as well as national trends impacting higher education
  • Knowledge and understanding of statistical and predictive analysis and the use of data analytics for knowledge-based decision making
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities and move projects efficiently from a vision point to reality
  • Skills with planning, budgeting, and fiscal management in a complex organization
  • Ability to effectively manage employees and complex organizations in an environment that values teamwork and professional development
  • Proven marketing experience with the ability to articulate strategies to successfully engage students
  • Knowledge and experience with the importance of the interdependence and interrelationship of all academic engagement departments to assist with the strategic goals of the institution
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to provide collaborative leadership and decision making
  • Ability to recruit, train, and retain a diverse staff
  • Ability to provide long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion for all community members

FGCU offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental plans, life insurance, a retirement program with tax-deferred investment options, tuition waiver for employees and their families, paid holidays, sick leave, vacation time, and competitive salaries.

Love Where You Work and Live!

Florida Gulf Coast University is situated in beautiful Southwest Florida. Sunshine State residents and visitors alike love Fort Myers for its historic, friendly, diverse communities. Located in Lee County with an estimated population of 87,000 people, this city offers a great quality of life as well as beautiful white sandy beaches, scenic waterways, public and private golf courses, delicious cuisine, and year-around warm weather. Want to see more of Florida? Fort Myers is a short drive to Naples, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Captiva, and within a three-hour drive to Miami or Orlando.


Application & Nomination Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.


Application packet must include a) A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position; b) Current curriculum vitae or résumé; and c) At least four references with full contact information including e-mail (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)

Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to by July 29, 2022, for best consideration. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Submit nominations to with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.

Emily Parker Myers, CEO, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is the lead consultant for this search with Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President, assisting. Request a conversation regarding this search at

Florida Gulf Coast University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic predisposition, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal law, as well as University regulations and policies.

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