Brenau University is a private university with its historic campus in Gainesville, Georgia.

Vice President for Student Development and Engagement

Brenau University ( seeks applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Development and Engagement.  Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Student Development and Engagement is responsible for developing strategy in alignment with the strategic plan and for supervising the areas of Residence Life, Campus Communities, Career Services, Student Life and Leadership, Counseling Services, Military and Veteran Services, and Student Engagement.

Some of the job duties and responsibilities include: being an advocate and champion for all students at the University; inspiring, supervising and serving as an advocate for staff members in the division; communicating the student climate to the President and the Board of Trustees; and developing and implementing short- and long-term goals for the division that support the University’s mission and strategic plan.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in student development or related area required; significant successful student affairs experience in a higher education setting; an understanding of Student Development Theory and the ability to utilize that understanding for the development of the students; experience working with diverse student populations; and exceptional communication and supervisory skills as well as strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

Brenau University is a private university with its historic campus in Gainesville, Georgia.  Brenau was founded in 1878 as a private institution for the education of women. Through the years Brenau evolved from a proprietary college to a not-for-profit institution governed by an independent board of trustees. Although the residential undergraduate Brenau Women’s College remains, other undergraduate programs on campuses and all graduate and online programs admit both men and women.  Brenau College became Brenau University in 1992 by a vote of the board of trustees, a name change that reflected the comprehensive programs of study, the diverse student body, new and stricter employment criteria for professors, and the scope of available graduate programs. Brenau offered its first online programs in 2002 to meet the needs of students who, because of professional or personal responsibilities, were unable to attend classes on campus.  Today, the university enrolls more than 3,500 students who seek degrees ranging from associate’s through doctoral degrees.

Brenau University is being assisted by the Executive Search Firm of Hyatt~Fennell. Submit nominations and application materials to Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to January 20, 2023, to receive full consideration. Applications include a letter of interest, a current resumé/CV, and contact information for five professional references, in separate documents. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

Brenau practices and believes in equal opportunity for all students, employees and job applicants. We do not discriminate on the bases of age, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance. These protections extend to all conditions and privileges of employment, including, without limitation, to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, transfers, promotions, discipline, and termination.

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