Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Success

Henderson State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Success.  The university seeks a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual to lead the co-curricular programs, activities, and services that enhance the overall experiences and engagement of our students, while supporting retention and graduation outcomes.  These efforts will directly support the university’s vision to produce well-rounded graduates who are leaders in their careers and communities.

Working collaboratively with the President, the Vice President is responsible for creating and supporting a caring, innovative environment that reflects the university’s enduring commitment to our students and their overall well-being and success. In the course of providing oversight and direction to the university’s Division of Student Affairs, the Vice President will have direct responsibility for the following areas:   Student Life, Student Activities, Disability Services, Career and Leadership Development, TRIO Programs, Counseling and Health Services, and Residence Life programming.  Additionally, the Vice President is a member of the President’s Executive Council and thereby participates in decision-making for the entire university.

Henderson State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer with a significant commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.  In pursuit of this commitment, the successful candidate will have a clear vision of the steps needed to achieve co-curricular excellence, a demonstrable record of outstanding leadership and accomplishments in a university setting, significant experience in higher education, and a demonstrable commitment to diversity and shared governance.  The successful candidate must also have an established record of working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to develop and maintain appropriate programming.  At a minimum, the candidate must hold an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in an academic field from an accredited institution of higher education and have at least five years of progressive supervisory experience in student affairs within the higher education setting.

Henderson is a comprehensive institution of higher education serving the State of Arkansas, portions of surrounding states, and particularly the South Arkansas Region.  The University offers 50 baccalaureate through Educational Specialist degree programs.   Henderson is located in Arkadelphia, a charming, family-centered community of 11,000 residents situated one hour south of Little Rock on Interstate 30.  Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the community is home to two universities, a strong public school system, a solid medical community, two recreational rivers, the iconic Lake DeGray, and is approximately 30 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park, one of the great American treasures.  Please visit,, or for more information about Henderson and our community.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include university supplemented health insurance and TIAA-CREF.

Screening of applications will begin on February 26, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2018, but an earlier starting date can be negotiated.  Applications and nominations should be directed to Elaine Kneebone, General Counsel and Chair of the Search Committee, via e-mail in PDF or MS Word format to   Items to be submitted include a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of higher education philosophy, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five current references.  Under the provisions of Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to public inspection.  Background screening will be conducted on all final applicants recommended for employment.