Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal
arts institution located in Conway, South Carolina, just nine miles
from the Atlantic coastal resort city of Myrtle Beach. Coastal
Carolina University enrolls over 10,000 students from 45 states and
58 nations. The University is accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and
selective master’s degrees of national and/or regional significance
in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and
health and human services, a specialist degree in educational
leadership, and PhD degrees in marine science and education.
The Division of Student Affairs offers programs and services for
all Coastal Carolina University students and a number of programs
for families, including Family Council and Family Weekend.
For more information, please visit www.coastal.edu.
The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) will be an
executive leader reporting to the President and serving on the
President’s Cabinet. The VPSA oversees and draws direct reports
from the Dean of Students Office (Student Conduct, Student Advocacy
and Intervention, Off-Campus Student Services), Student Wellness
(Counseling Services, LiveWell, Student Health Services), and
Student Life (Fraternity and Sorority Life, Military and Veteran
Services, Student Activities and Leadership, Student Transitions
and Family Programs).
The person in this position is expected to oversee programs,
operations, budget, and personnel essential to student success on
the Coastal Carolina University campus. As a cabinet-level Vice
President, this individual will be expected to advocate for the
interests of the students and the Division of Student Affairs while
also collaborating with other areas to advance institution-wide
Specific duties for the successful candidate will include, but
not necessarily be limited to:
- Be an active and constructive member of the leadership team and
support effective crisis response.
- Collaborate with members of the President’s Cabinet to align
the objectives and priorities of Student Affairs with the
university’s forthcoming strategic plan.
- Collaborate with stakeholders as is consistent with Coastal
Carolina University’s tradition of shared governance.
- Endorse and enhance the institution’s retention and student
- Review and develop policies and procedures consistent with best
practices in student affairs, in particular as they relate to
student health and wellness, safety, and degree completion.
- Oversee and further develop programs that support responsible
- Recruit, develop, review, promote, and recognize efficient,
collaborative, and effective staff.
- Develop a budget and oversee fiscal resources that will include
external grants and philanthropic development.
- Partner with others in the campus community, including the
faculty, other departments and divisions, student organizations,
and the senior staff, to make meaningful and measurable progress
toward a campus culture of inclusive excellence.
QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
- Master's degree in higher education administration or a related
field from an accredited college or university; PhD in student
affairs, higher education administration, or related field
- A minimum of seven years of progressive responsibility in
student affairs, including five years of effective leadership and
- A record of administration, including planning, resource and
personnel management, program development, and student
- Experience with operational planning and managing
- Oral, written, and presentation skills sufficient for effective
communication with students, faculty, staff, families, trustees,
and the public required.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a
competitive base salary and competitive benefits package.
NOMINATIONS / APPLICATIONS:
The Vice President for Student Affairs will be selected by
Coastal Carolina President Michael T. Benson upon consideration of
a recommendation tendered by a search committee chaired by Provost
Daniel J. Ennis. The VPSA is expected to take office on or before
July 1, 2022.
Nominations should include the nominee’s full name, position,
institution/organization, and email address. Applications should
consist of the following documents, to be submitted electronically
in .pdf format: 1) a detailed letter of interest addressing the
leadership agenda and qualifications as outlined in this profile;
2) a full resume/curriculum vitae with relevant administrative
responsibilities and accomplishments; 3) a one- to two-page
Statement of Contributions to Advance Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion; and 4) a list of five professional references, including
names, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting the candidate’s
relationship for each reference. References will not be contacted
until later in the search process and only with the candidate’s
To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional
information, please use the contact information below. To apply,
submit the four application documents described above to:
Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28209
Shana Plott, CEO
Chris Shade, Consultant
Coastal Carolina University is committed to fostering an
environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. The
University provides equal opportunity without regard to race,
color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual
orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran
status, or disability in admissions, employment, and in all of its
educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from
underrepresented groups to apply.
Coastal Carolina University is an EO/AA employer.