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Vice President and Secretary

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Commensurate with qualifications
Date posted
Nov 9, 2023

Vice President and Secretary, University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (U-M), one of the world’s preeminent research universities, is seeking nominations and applications for its next vice president and secretary (hereafter referred to as VPS). The VPS is the liaison officer for the Board of Regents, responsible for the facilitation, coordination, and management of policy matters and governance pertaining to the business of the Board of Regents.

Now operating in its third century, U-M continues its mission to serve the public through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving, and applying knowledge, art, and academic values. Currently, the main campus in Ann Arbor, comprising 3,200 acres, has approximately 50,000 faculty and staff and an enrollment of more than 50,000 students, about a third of whom are in graduate and professional studies. U-M is consistently ranked among the top institutions of higher education globally, with 110 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 nationally.

The VPS is an executive officer of the institution, reporting to and serving under the direction of the president with responsibility to the Board of Regents. They are the liaison officer for the Board of Regents, responsible for the facilitation, coordination, and management of policy matters and governance pertaining to the business of the Board and the execution of official Board meetings. This role is on-site, five days a week, and may require work outside of regular business hours.

Given the breadth of the VPS’s role, this challenging position requires visionary leadership, exceptional judgment, strong management skills, and a deep understanding of and commitment to the academic, research, service, and healthcare missions of the University of Michigan. U-M seeks an outstanding, seasoned professional who can represent the values of the university and work deftly and collaboratively with the many constituencies of U-M.

Strong candidates will have a familiarity with the depth and complexity of a large public university and its responsibility to the public. Demonstrated awareness of and appreciation for the varied and sometimes conflicting interests facing a large, public research university and a keen ability to analyze situations and articulate differing points of view is critical. An understanding and appreciation for the legal accountability and the roles and responsibilities held by the Board of Regents for U-M governance is necessary.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but for the fullest consideration, applicant materials are encouraged to be submitted by Friday, December 3, 2023. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the candidate’s experience and qualifications relative to the responsibilities and requirements described. Candidate confidentiality will be respected to the highest degree allowable under the laws of the State of Michigan. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to Storbeck Search at

For a full position profile, please visit here:

Steve Leo, Managing Director
Tom Fitch, Managing Director
Amanda Bennett, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

This is a full-time position that will be performed on-site in Michigan. Salary commensurate with experience with a generous benefits package. Here is a link to more information on University of Michigan benefits:

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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