Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs search

The vice chancellor for student affairs (VCSA) is a newly created position that will report to the chancellor and serve on the chancellor’s executive team. The VCSA will provide executive leadership to a core set of student services-related departments and programs, and will have an opportunity to build upon the exceptional student experience offered at UW–Madison.

The position will collaborate with other units on campus to enhance UW–Madison as a lively and welcoming community for students and to create transformative outside-the-classroom learning opportunities to prepare students to be successful in a global society. The new vice chancellor will be tasked with enhancing coordination and identifying synergies between student services units, providing executive leadership in managing student issues and crafting a vision to advance the Wisconsin Experience for all students. The VCSA will provide oversight, support and direction to the following units within the Office of Student Affairs: Division of Student Life (led by the Dean of Students), The Wisconsin Union, University Health Services and Recreational Sports.

In addition to direct management of these units, the VCSA will collaborate broadly across the many units/programs that serve students. In particular, the VCSA will work closely with University Housing and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement.

Another key collaborative group to the VCSA will be the Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the student governance organization on campus. UW–Madison has strong history of shared governance and the VCSA and the Dean of Students will work closely with ASM on policy and student life issues.

Finalist Presentations

Video recordings of the presentations were posted after each session. The recordings and an online feedback form were available until Thursday, May 3 at 5pm.

Thursday, April 19, 1:45-3pm

Gordon Dining and Events Center, Concerto Room

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff for Student Affairs
Northwestern University

Friday, April 20, 1:45-3pm

Memorial Union, Old Madison Room

Anna Gonzalez, Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Lewis & Clark College

Tuesday, May 1, 1:45-3 p.m.

Union South, The Marquee

Lori Reesor, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Indiana University Bloomington

Job Description

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Search and Screen Committee Members

  • Iffat Bhuiyan – Student representative
  • Sue Duhr – Finance, Division of Student Life
  • Jacob Gardner – Student representative
  • Gabe Javier – Multicultural Student Center, School of Education
  • John Lucas – University Communications, VC for University Relations
  • Nancy Lynch – Office of Legal Affairs
  • Chris McIntosh – Intercollegiate Athletics, Deputy Athletic Director
  • Brittany Ota – Student representative
  • Lauren Papp – School of Human Ecology
  • Mary Possin – Academic Affairs
  • Jeff Russell – Division of Continuing Studies
  • Tracy Schroepfer – Social Work, College of Letters & Science
  • Martinez White – Alumni representative
  • John Zumbrunnen – Political Science, College of Letters & Science (chair)

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