Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Life

St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY United States

St. Lawrence University

Vice President for Student Life


Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,150 students. The student body comes from 39 states and territories as well as 78 countries, with international students and U.S. ethnic/racial minorities representing approximately 23% of the student population. Nineteen percent are first-generation college students. The student experience is defined by a highly active and engaged residential student body. Ninety-eight percent of St. Lawrence students reside on campus, and 82% of students participate in community service and 170 distinct student organizations. The University offers 35 intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women with 37% of all undergraduate students involved, and its philosophy includes a shared understanding that sports support the institution's learning goals for its students.


The Position

Reporting to the president, the vice president for student life (VPSL) is the senior student affairs officer at St. Lawrence and plays a central role in defining a culture and sense of community on campus that promotes students' intellectual growth, identity exploration, reflective leadership, and responsible citizenship. The VPSL is responsible for the overall vision and effectiveness of a comprehensive range of programs, policies, procedures, and services that foster student success and a commitment to inclusiveness and support for the university's diverse student body. The vice president provides leadership for a staff of 27 across the following departments: Diana B Torrey Health and Counseling Center; diversity and inclusion (shared report); residence life; campus life; wellness and student activities; Title IX coordination; student judicial affairs, international student services, and the university chaplain's office. The annual budget for the division of student life is $4,570,000.



A master's degree and a record of successful and progressively responsible leadership in student affairs/life are required. A doctorate is preferred. The ideal candidate will be both a strategic thinker and a consistent, hands-on, collaborative administrator. As a key member of the senior management team, the vice president must have the capacity and vision to contribute to decisions affecting the university as a whole. In addition, candidates must possess senior-level management experience in higher education, including responsibility for personnel and budgets; a commitment to the mission and values of the university, including sustainability, diversity, and inclusion; and past experience and/or knowledge of small, residential liberal arts and sciences university.


Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin October 18, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email


The anticipated hiring range is $185,000-$200,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. A house adjacent to the campus is provided for the vice president.


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St. Lawrence University has a goal to build a community that celebrates and respects diversity in all forms. St. Lawrence engages a multitude of voices and intentionally develops spaces where everyone can teach and learn from one another in order to create a culture where all ideas are welcomed, valued, considered, and respected.


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Master's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 0 - 2 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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