Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


Clemson University is seeking an experienced, engaged, and dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President and Dean of Students for the Division of Student Affairs.

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VPSA) works closely with the Clemson community and Division of Student Affairs to help deliver the preeminent student experience by setting the direction for student services programs and activities that enhance opportunities for students to succeed.

The Division of Student Affairs is guided by its mission to promote holistic development in inclusive, supportive environments that empower students to thrive. Student Affairs serves as a strategic partner and ensures every student has the best opportunity to excel, graduate with a world-class education and feels empowered and positioned for success beyond their time at Clemson.

The Student Affairs portfolio includes but is not limited to, the VPSA Office, Dean of Students Office, Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, Fraternity/Sorority Life, Office of Community and Ethical Standards, Campus Recreation, Office of Advocacy and Success, Student Health and Wellness Services, Campus Reservations and Events, Student Affairs Business Operations, Military and Veteran Engagement, Residential Living and Resident Learning. For more information on the Division of Student Affairs, visit our website.


The Vice President and Dean of Students,

  • Directs oversight of the Division of Student Affairs portfolio and has shared oversight of Student Affairs Marketing and Communications and Student Affairs Development. Responsible for personnel management, planning of organizational structure, team development and succession planning. Requests and allocates divisional resources in alignment with the division strategic goals, Clemson Elevate, and University goals and objectives. Serves on University committees as appropriate.
  • Promotes positive student relations by maintaining effective lines of communication with student leaders. Serves as a strong advocate for academic, non-academic, extra-curricular and co-curricular needs of students. Builds the national reputation of the university to attract and retain a diverse, high-quality student body.
  • Develops and enhances the assessment of student learning outcomes for activities with the division. Ensures that institutional policies and practices provide fair and equitable treatment of all students. Ensures that all programs and services in the division comply with relevant state and federal laws and University policies. Recommends, develops and implements student service policies, procedures, and practices that foster and promote student learning and student success and support the educational mission of the University.
  • Provides executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight and coordination of all units in the Division of Student Affairs in areas of programming, policy development, facilities and fiscal resource management. Provides leadership and guidance for the development and implementation of high-quality and student-centered approaches to support engagement, satisfaction and student success in non-academic dimensions of the university experiences. Supports the academic mission in ways to enhance student success. Serves as a member of the University’s Executive Leadership Team. Advises the President on all matters related to non-academic student life. Supports and assists the President by providing regular reports and developing resolutions for approval of the President and Board of Trustees.
  • Supports the overall success of Student Affairs by partnering with the Advancement Office to lead philanthropic activities for the Division of Student Affairs.


  • Doctoral Degree in higher education administration or related field from an accredited institution.
  • 15+ years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a higher education setting with experience in student affairs and related areas. Comprehensive knowledge and experience in Student Affairs or related office.


  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of the institution.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
  • Experience managing large budgets, resources, and personnel within a complex organizational structure.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including strategic planning, decision-making and conflict resolution skills.


The Search Committee invites applications (letter of interest, CV, and a list of five references) to be submitted directly to the search first assisting Clemson University and via Interfolio: Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates are identified. It is preferred, however, that all applications are submitted prior to May 23, 2024.

Please direct any confidential inquiries, nominations, or questions to Parker Executive Search:

Laurie Wilder, President
Porsha Williams, Vice President
Jacob Anderson, Senior Principal
Jack McGrew, Associate
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 ext. 111 || ||


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