Dec. 20, 2017 — CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is seeking to fill the position of Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) with plans for the new hire to begin in spring of 2018.

With assistance from an executive firm called Academic Search, the nationwide search is for someone with excellent leadership skills who knows how to enhance the practices the University has at its foundation, such as diversity, inclusion and student retention.

In partnership with CSUCI, a representative from Academic Search is organizing an All-Campus Open Forum to provide students, staff and faculty to share the qualities they would most like to see in a VPSA.

“While we are still collecting feedback from our campus community on the qualities of a successful candidate, we know this person will need to embody our campus values, be an exemplary leader and have a deep commitment to serving students,” said Vice President of University Advancement and VPSA Search Committee Chair Nichole Ipach. “CSUCI is a unique place with the potential to become a national role model in higher education.”

Ipach said the candidate must share the campus leadership’s passion for excellence and be ready to share the University’s mission to bring education within the reach of underserved communities, with special focus on students who are the first in their family to attend college.

The new VPSA must have a record of working with Academic Affairs to create a dynamic student experience that inspires students to enter and stay in college, thrive academically, and graduate on time.  The candidate will have a record of closing the achievement gap between students from different demographics.

Besides heading CSUCI’s award-winning Division of Student Affairs, the new VPSA will work with other University divisions to develop interdivisional programs and the VPSA will collaborate with several other areas of the division such as multicultural engagement, veterans affairs, student counseling, student health, student housing, career services and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

Qualifications include an earned doctoral degree from an accredited university, experience working with faculty and academic departments to advance educational achievement and a record of working with budgets from many streams of income.

The VPSA vacancy was created by the December 2017 retirement of William Gregory Sawyer, Ph.D., who held the position since the University began in 2002.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of five professional references with full contact information. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically to

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by Feb. 16, 2018 can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity can be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at

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