Vice President for Student Affairs

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Vice President for Student Affairs

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA


Boston College was founded by members of the Society of Jesus (“Jesuits”) in 1863 as a liberal arts college for men in the South End of Boston. Today, it is a vibrant, coeducational, national, and increasingly international university enrolling approximately 14,000 students on a campus of 240 acres located about six miles from downtown Boston. The University focuses on undergraduate education, the liberal arts and sciences, and student formation. It offers selected graduate and professional programs, and has more than 800 faculty engaged in teaching, research, and scholarship. Boston College is ranked 35th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report and has an operating budget over $1.2 billion. With nearly 40,000 applications this year for a first-year class of 2,325 students, Boston College is one of the nation’s most selective institutions for undergraduate education.

The Division of Student Affairs reports to the Executive Vice President and offers a diverse set of programs and activities that support student learning and formation. With a current budget of $68 million, it consists of 15 departments and 177 staff members, including: Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center; BC Bands; the Student Affairs Business Service Center; the Career Center; University Counseling Services; the Office of Graduate Student Life; the Office of Health Promotion; University Health Services; the Office or Residential Life; Robsham Theater Arts Center; the Office of Student Conduct; the Office of Student Involvement; the Office of Student Outreach and Support; and the Women’s Center. Approximately 7,400 undergraduate students live in Boston College campus housing.

As a University officer, the Vice President for Student Affairs works closely with senior leadership and other key stakeholders on and off campus. Boston College seeks a strategic thinker and leader who can direct a complex unit and partner with colleagues across the University to enhance the University’s commitment to intellectual excellence, care and respect for others, and formative education shaped by its Jesuit, Catholic roots and values.

The individual chosen to be the next head of Student Affairs at Boston College must be able to provide the vision, decisions, and leadership needed to strengthen an efficient, effective, and collaborative Student Affairs unit and contribute to the University’s distinctive mission.

Tom Phillips, Managing Director, Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Partner, and Marisa Chock, Consultant have been retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Boston College is dedicated to intellectual excellence and to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for the University’s mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, military status, or other legally protected status.

Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, wrongful discrimination, and disrespect. It has developed procedures to respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance. Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational programs and activities on the basis of a person’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status, and to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.