The Search

Temple University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and committed leader to serve as its Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a talented student affairs team with an extensive legacy; an unwavering commitment to engage, develop and retain Temple students; and a future seeded with potential and possibility. Temple students inspire and fuel the work of student affairs; they are highly diverse and actively engaged. Ambitious, hardworking, and courageous, Temple students boldly exemplify the Temple motto – Perseverantia Vincit, or “Perseverance Conquers.”

When Temple College was chartered and incorporated by the state of Pennsylvania in 1888, it was more than a place, more than just a gathering of teachers and students: It was a bold new idea, a transforming concept that began with humble roots as a night school for working-class Philadelphians that has grown and flourished to be one of the most comprehensive and diverse learning environments in the nation. Temple is one of the 50 largest universities in the United States and one of the nation's most active research universities, with 17 schools and colleges, eight campuses, and about 30,000 students. While embracing its growth and global presence, Temple remains committed to its history and mission of access to excellence, maintaining low tuition, and providing scholarships and financial assistance to more than 80% of undergraduate students. As one of the city’s largest employers and as “Philadelphia’s public university,” Temple enriches and is enriched by its urban location, which provides incredible opportunities for engaged scholarship, experiential learning, and community engagement.
Reporting to the provost, the next VPSA will inspire, reimagine, and envision a future that enhances the student experience and student success for all Temple students. The VPSA will lead a passionate, mission-driven team that is ready for its next chapter. Creative, forward-thinking, and strategic, the next VPSA will collaboratively develop and lead a compelling vision and strategy for the future of student affairs; champion a student-centered approach actively engaging campus leaders; improve communication to extend the work of the division; develop and inspire the student affairs team; and enhance education and community partnerships to foster a safe and welcoming campus culture. The next VPSA will be a savvy administrator, pragmatically and creatively steering strategy, and human, fiscal, and operational resources, to drive university priorities, build partnerships, and enrich Temple’s diverse community of learners and scholars who strive to make the possible real.

Temple has engaged the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, in this recruitment effort. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed electronically and in confidence to:

Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner (she/her)
Rachel Brown, Senior Associate (she/her)
Alexis Scott, Senior Search Coordinator (she/her)
Isaacson, Miller

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service and educational programs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status.