Search Underway for Vice President for Student Affairs

Posted on 1/14/2019 1:00:40 PM

A national search for the position of vice president for Student Affairs is now underway, following the retirement last year of Rhonda Luckey.

President Driscoll has invited 13 people to serve on the search committee and appointed Tammy Manko, IUP Career and Professional Development Center, and Ben Rafoth, English Department, to serve as committee co-chairs. Academic Search, a national firm, has been hired to assist the search process.

At the committee’s first meeting on December 5, 2018, the President emphasized both the importance of the Division of Student Affairs to the university and the critical role of the Division’s vice president. The President and committee members agreed that the goal of achieving a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants is key to the search’s success.

Also at the meeting, committee members offered their input on the division’s needs and challenges as well as the requirements for applicants. The members reviewed and signed the search firm’s confidentiality agreement and agreed to a tentative timeline:

  • December 2018 to February 2019: The committee and consultant will gather input from various stakeholders, prepare and post job announcements, reach out to specific individuals who might be interested in applying, and receive and screen applications.

  • March 2019: The committee will select semi-finalists and finalists.

  • April 2019: Candidates will visit campus for open forums and meetings with stakeholders.

  • May–June 2019: President Driscoll will make appointment.

Committee Co-chairs Manko and Rafoth told the committee they are committed to ensuring that members of the university community have multiple opportunities to provide input and participate in the search process, and they invited input on identifying needs and challenges.

They also urged members of the committee, as well as faculty and staff in the Division of Student Affairs, to help in identifying candidates by sending the names of potential applicants to the co-chairs so that the consultant can reach out to them.

The position announcement and application information may be viewed online. 

“We are excited about this opportunity to have a positive impact on the leadership for the Division of Student Affairs, and we look forward to participation, input, and suggestions by the university community as we move forward,” Manko and Rafoth said in an announcement.

Search Committee Members

  • Ben Rafoth, Co-chair: Department of English

  • Tammy Manko, Co-chair; Career and Professional Development

  • Alexander Fefolt; Undergraduate Student, SGA Representative

  • Elise Glenn; Office of Social Equity

  • Shawn Jones; Admissions

  • John Lowery; Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education

  • Jessica Miller; Counseling Center

  • Nedrick Patrick; Graduate Student, GSA Representative

  • Susan Patterson, Administrative Support; Student Affairs

  • Li Teng; Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining

  • Samantha Traver; Athletics

  • Malaika Turner; Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining

  • James Watta; Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement