Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Job Description

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest in the position of Vice Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer.

PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education and one of the largest employers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, generating more than $6.7 billion annually in economic activity and supporting about 62,000 external jobs statewide. With a combined enrollment of approximately 100,000 students, the State System's universities award more than 26,000 degrees each year. In addition to the 14 main campuses, these universities operate four branch campuses, two multi-university centers, and a host of other individual campus centers, many of which offer customized job training to meet the specific needs of business and industry.

After a year long, top-to-bottom review of system strategies, the PASSHE Board of Governors in 2017 affirmed "ensuring student success" as their number one priority. To help lead a transformation of the State System, newly appointed Chancellor Dan Greenstein established the CAO position. The CAO serves on the Chancellor's executive leadership team and plays a critical role in helping to transform the Office of the Chancellor (OOC) into a trusted, data-driven and client-focused source of innovation support, expertise, and collaboration-designed to enable universities to drive nimbly, fast, and effectively towards sustainable student success.

The chosen candidate will bring strong leadership in the development of a data-driven and analytical culture that will be essential in positioning PASSHE to advance in academics, student success, and service and to provide extraordinary educational opportunities at an exceptional value.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 22. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at  and references. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the PASSHE consultants John K. Thornburgh and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., at Questions and nominations may also be directed to the consultants through the same email address. 

The State System provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Successful candidates will possess a strong understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the advancement and support of cultural diversity initiatives as well as a demonstrated track record of working effectively with a wide range of constituency groups within diverse communities

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