Mar 04, 2024

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Claremont, CA 91711, USA
Full-Time Administration Education

Job Description

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


Chartered in 1955, Harvey Mudd College (HMC) is the nation’s top liberal arts college of engineering, science, and mathematics. A member of The Claremont Colleges, located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, in the City of Claremont, California, HMC has a strong reputation for academic excellence, an enviable student-to-faculty ratio, and a strikingly diverse student population. Although dedicated to a rigorous education in engineering, science, and mathematics, HMC’s unique curricular approach reflects its belief that effective leaders in those fields must have the ability to understand the impact of their work on society. As a result, HMC is well-known for academic strength in both the sciences and the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Experiential learning and undergraduate research are central to HMC’s identity as a deeply student-facing institution. At Harvey Mudd, coursework is brought to life with project-based experiential learning and students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty as colleagues, investigating open-ended questions, producing world-class research, presenting findings at national conferences and co-publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Harvey Mudd enrolls less than one thousand students and takes great pride in the diversity of its student body. The small size results in a nimble institution with an intimate learning community. The student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1 allows for personal and academic relationships that produce life-changing experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Harvey Mudd is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven independent institutions that includes Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University, and the Keck Graduate Institute. Unique in American higher education, this model offers HMC’s students, faculty, and staff the intimate living and learning environment of a small liberal arts college along with the resources and services of a larger university. The college’s endowment is approximately $415M, and the operating budget for the fiscal year 2022-2023 is about $85M.


Harvey Mudd College seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well-versed in all of these areas and in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts so that they may assume leadership roles in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.

HMC’s Honor Code is the fabric of the College’s culture and states that students are expected to act as responsible individuals, to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity both personally and academically, and to respect the rights of others. The College considers these standards to be essential to its academic mission and its community life.

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The next Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VPSA) at Harvey Mudd College (HMC) will join an institution in a healthy fiscal and operational position and with an unparalleled reputation for excellence and academic rigor in a unified STEM and liberal arts ecosystem. With the arrival of its new President, Harriet B.Nembhard, Harvey Mudd is entering an exciting period that will set the course for its next ten years, and the new VPSA will have an important voice in both the college’s strategic planning and its upcoming campaign. As a leader among leaders on a campus that is uniquely fortified by all the benefits of the Claremont Colleges, the VPSA at Harvey Mudd is in a position of privilege and strength from which to influence and shape all aspects of the HMC student experience and outcomes.


Harvey Mudd College seeks an individual with many of the following experiences and attributes:

  • Providing vision, leadership, and direction that enhances and supports the quality of student life, academic advising, and residential education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to shared governance, with experience engaging with and gaining the confidence of partners and stakeholders across an academic institution; prior experience working with student organizations and/or within an institution that has an honor code preferred.
  • Understanding of national student affairs issues, creating successful student affairs programs, developing student affairs initiatives in alignment with local, state, and national policy, and implementing changes which contribute to the fulfillment of educational objectives.
  • Fostering a pluralistic community that respects and supports diverse worldviews and demonstrating an unimpeachable commitment to equity and diversity in all its forms, including a record of individual action and institutional leadership.
  • Experience with crisis management and response.
  • Engaging intellectually with a highly accomplished faculty, viewing issues and opportunities through the eyes of a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success and executive-level experience in higher education or other leadership at extraordinary, student-centered organizations, helping a diverse and talented student body thrive.
  • A clear commitment to advancing the culture and context of an excellent working environment, with prior success supporting the development and professional growth of colleagues.
  • Experience working with students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
  • A master’s degree is required with a minimum of seven years of progressive and successful experience with student affairs leadership and administration; doctorate preferred.


  • Demonstrated presence and visibility as a leader on campus, forging stronger campus and community partnerships that are founded in effective communication and the creation of valued student services and experiences.
  • Effective programs and support structures that foster clear student engagement, learning and development.
  • A campus community distinguished by an inclusive and respectful living and learning environment.
  • Strong relationships with other cabinet members, supporting and advancing HMC’s strategic direction.
  • Clear recognition of the contributions to HMC from a student affairs team whose work is recognized, respected, valued, and integrated into both the academic and operational life of Harvey Mudd.
  • A diverse and talented student body characterized by joyful wellness and equitable student outcomes.


  • Reports to: President of Harvey Mudd College, serving as a member of the Cabinet
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA) and Registrar
  • Central programs and services of the Claremont Colleges
  • Oversees:
  • Academic Resources and Student Success
  • Office of Accessible Education
  • Campus life
  • Career Services
  • Civic & Community Engagement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Institutional Diversity
  • International Students and Scholars
  • Residential Life
  • Study Abroad
  • Title IX


Collaboration and Community Engagement

Harvey Mudd College is an institution characterized by a strong sense of community, engagement, and ownership between students, faculty, and staff. One of the most important and distinctive values governing HMC is its laser focus on its mission and Honor Code, which is a foundational basis for all interactions. In this context, the next VPSA will demonstrate an appreciation and respect for HMC’s culture, a resonance with these values, and will establish trust and rapport across the campus which leads to a strengthening of collaborative, ongoing relationships with all stakeholders. The VPSA will also serve as a critical conduit to the other Claremont Colleges and will work to support transparent communication and collaboration across other member institutions.

Organizational Leadership

The next VPSA will guide and inspire a student affairs team who thinks nimbly and strategically about how HMC students successfully navigate residential education. The VPSA will be a strong advocate for the team’s work, while holding a high bar for accountability, embedding the team’s work into the fabric of the campus, and enabling performance commensurate with the rigor and quality expected of HMC citizens. Leading with a forward-looking lens that considers the evolving needs of an ever-changing student body, the VPSA will inspire team performance and professional development and continue to elevate professional capability.


Harvey Mudd College is assisted in this process by Spencer Stuart. The search committee welcomes comments, nominations, or expressions of interest. To contact the committee, please send an email with any supporting materials to the confidential email address: [email protected]. Further, Harvey Mudd College is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for the role, and anticipates that the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student’s annual salary range will likely fall between $240,000 - $260,000.


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