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Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Student Affairs
Position Type
Vice President
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Bowdoin College seeks an experienced, thoughtful, energetic, creative, and collaborative senior vice president and dean for student affairs (SVP/DSA) with the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has, from its beginnings, embraced the power of a liberal arts education and the imperative to use education in service to the common good. Its historic campus is located in the coastal town of Brunswick, Maine, a place that is easily accessible and rich in tradition and natural beauty. With approximately 2,000 students from across the country and around the world, Bowdoin provides a student experience that develops the whole student, in both mind and body.

Reporting directly to President Safa Zaki, the SVP/DSA will be a senior officer of the College and a key strategic leader who will partner across the College to prepare students to lead; promote inclusion, community, and discourse; and ensure divisional excellence and innovation.

The next SVP/DSA will combine an advanced degree in a related field with significant student affairs and administrative experience in higher education. They will also be knowledgeable about best practices, current issues, and future trends in education and demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and successfully with diverse groups and individuals.

WittKieffer is assisting Bowdoin College in this search. Applications should include as separate documents, a CV or resume and letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 10, 2024. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquires can be directed to Sheila Murphy at

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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