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Senior Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Operations

Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas
Date posted
May 20, 2024

Search for the Senior Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Operations

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas


Wichita State University (WSU), Kansas’ only urban public research university, seeks an innovative, strategic, and collaborative leader to be the next Senior Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Operations (SVP). Founded in 1895, WSU has a keen focus on student success, applied learning, and innovative faculty, focused on affordability and access, and a deep commitment to the Wichita community as a driver in talent development and economic prosperity. It is a growth-minded university on an impressive trajectory, where collaboration and creativity shape the future of education, with an entrepreneurial spirit embedded in its foundation.

With the University’s accelerated growth, its focus on a broader research footprint, and increased presence in the Wichita community, the leadership has made the intentional decision to promote the position and title to Senior Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Operations and make necessary and planful changes to the Division’s reporting structure.

Wichita State University is one of the nation’s fastest-growing public research universities with a defined strategic plan, new campus master plan, established key priorities that are well-engrained in the University's culture and conscience, and an attainable goal to reach R1 status in the next several years. WSU has gained significant attention to its affordability and is recognized as the number one transfer destination in Kansas. With trend-bucking growth, campus-wide excitement exists to maintain this momentum and find new and innovative ways to enhance students' experience, engage the Wichita community, and grow enrollment across disciplines. The establishment of a 130-acre Innovation Campus with 50 co-located companies, the recent partnership with the University of Kansas on a new $300 million biomedical campus in downtown Wichita, and the establishment of the National Institute for Research and Digital Transformation are three examples of courageous and innovative thinking and leadership at the University.

This role has the opportunity to work in a highly collegial environment with strong support from the University’s leadership to take an innovative approach to achieving the institution’s strategic goals, positioning the University well for its anticipated continued growth. The SVP will lead the financial operations of WSU entities, navigating the complexities and nuances of an urban-serving, public institution with priorities of education affordability and access, enhancing economic prosperity benefiting the region and state, and workforce development. With a particular focus on the Wichita Biomedical Campus℠, expanding research aspirations, and enrollment growth, the SVP will be an integral collaborator and strategic leader in all financial and operational matters of WSU.

To Apply


Wichita State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the Senior Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Operations search committee in its identification and review of candidates. Inquiries, referrals, and resumes accompanied by a cover letter should be submitted via the search page on the Isaacson, Miller website.

Rebecca Kennedy, Partner (she/her)

Jacqueline Mildner, Partner (she/her)

Robin Dougherty, Managing Associate (she/her)

Isaacson, Miller

Wichita State University (WSU) does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of age (40 years or older), ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. WSU also prohibits retaliation against any person making a complaint of discrimination or against any person involved or participating in the investigation of any such allegation. Sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination and are prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, other federal laws, and WSU policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding WSU’s non-discrimination policies: the Institutional Equity and Compliance Director (Telephone: (316) 978-3205), Title IX Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-5177), or Equal Opportunity Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-3186), each located at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, Human Resources Building.



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