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Vice President of Student Affairs

Coastal Carolina University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 7, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents
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Full Time
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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.


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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 priorities.


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 success initiatives.
  • 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 student conduct.
  • 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.



  • 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 preferred.
  • A minimum of seven years of progressive responsibility in student affairs, including five years of effective leadership and campus impact.
  • A record of administration, including planning, resource and personnel management, program development, and student services.
  • Experience with operational planning and managing organizational transition.
  • 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.



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 permission.


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.

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