Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Bridgewater College seeks an innovative, energetic and collaborative leader to assume the position of Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.   Reporting to the president, the vice president will be the chief student life officer of this dynamic and growing liberal arts college, providing leadership for an expanding portfolio of programs and initiatives to create an enriching campus climate for its students.  The College seeks an individual with vision and integrity who can work effectively with the president, the President’s Cabinet, faculty, staff, students and families in maintaining and enhancing Bridgewater College. The vice president will be expected to begin service in July 2016.

Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Bridgewater College educates the whole person by providing a challenging and supportive learning community that fosters the growth of its students and empowers and motivates them to live educated, intelligent, healthy, purposeful and ethical lives in a global society.  The College embraces the core values of integrity, equality, service and community. The College is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community, committed to understanding  and  respecting  individual  differences  and  actively engaging  all  of  its members. Bridgewater College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate degree.  The College is also accredited by the State Board of Education of Virginia and offers a state-approved program of teacher education.   Bridgewater College is a member of the American Council on Education, the Council of Independent Colleges and the National Association
of Independent Colleges and Universities.

The vice president will work closely with a strong student life team to oversee strategic planning, policy development, program and activity initiatives, and personnel management.  The successful candidate will have earned a doctorate (master’s degree considered), show evidence of promotion to increasingly responsible positions within a student life department in student life, demonstrate a record of strong organizational and management skills, have a deep knowledge of innovative programs and creative ideas in student life, demonstrate a commitment to embracing and cultivating diversity and possess excellent interpersonal skills, particularly with a diverse student body and families. A complete position prospectus may be found at Further information about Bridgewater College can be found at

Assisting the search will be:    Garry W. Owens, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, AGB Search, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 806.239.3049 (mobile) and James P. Ferrare, Senior Consultant, AGB Search, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202.285.6105 (mobile).

The Bridgewater College Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Search Committee will be accepting nominations and evaluating application materials on a rolling basis throughout the fall, and will begin to narrow the pool in mid-December.  Although applications will be accepted until the time that a Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students is selected, candidates should submit materials by the target date of December 18, 2015. Application materials should include: 1) a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate's experiences and qualifications intersect with the listed strategic priorities and desired leadership characteristics as identified in the position prospectus; 2) a curriculum vitae; and, 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact. Please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.   All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bridgewater College is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse faculty, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups. Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider and employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion or age in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs and activities, or with regard to employment.

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