About the position
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks an exceptionally innovative, creative, and transformational vice president (VP) of university relations to join a dedicated staff and leadership team at one of the nation’s premier student-centered, public research universities and health systems. This cabinet-level position will be charged with further invigorating a university relations program, which is already poised to accelerate and expand its impact. The VP serves as the university and health system’s chief communications officer and represents and promotes the university and health system, increasing the institution’s visibility in support of its mission, vision, and goals. President Michael Rao’s investment in communications is a top priority for VCU and VCU Health, and he is looking for someone with whom he can work especially closely and effectively.
The ideal candidate will bring a distinguished, proven record of success, and must have significant leadership experience appropriate to the size and complexity of VCU and VCU Health. The next VP should possess the following qualities and experiences:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
How to apply
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. For a full application package, please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.
Application materials should be submitted to the VCU eJobs portal located at the link below and to Greenwood/Asher & Associates by email.
VCU eJobs portal: http://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101134
Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:
Betty Asher, Partner & Vice President
Ann Bailey, Senior Executive Search Consultant
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
Peter Buckley, dean of school of medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs
Tomikia LeGrande, vice president of strategy, enrollment management, and student success
Matt Conrad, executive director of government and board relations
Jay Davenport, vice president of development and alumni relations
Pamela El, VCU board of visitors
Carolina Espinal, VCU board of visitors
Karol Gray, senior vice president and chief financial officer
Ed Grier, dean, VCU school of business
Marcos Irigary, chief of communications and marketing, VCU Health System
Chuck Klink, senior vice provost for VCU student affairs
Ed McLaughlin, vice president and director, VCU athletics
Aashir Nasim, vice president institutional equity, effectiveness and success and director of iCubed
Suzanne Silitch, executive director for strategic communications, VCU arts
Meredith Weiss, vice president of VCU administration