Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty

Graceland University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Dean of the Faculty from accomplished individuals who will provide this growing and evolving university with outstanding leadership during a time of exciting change and development. The University seeks an enthusiastic, experienced and entrepreneurial leader who will be the key player in building and shaping an increasingly exceptional academic program – one that will include both new and revised programs and will appeal to both traditional and non-traditional markets.

The new VPAA/Dean of the Faculty will engage with newly appointed president, Dr. Patricia H. Draves; a deeply committed faculty; an experienced administrative team; and an active, engaged board of trustees. Together these groups will continue to develop and implement an innovative and strategic academic program that builds upon its rich history and leads to the development of graduates prepared for success and fulfillment.

The VPAA/Dean of the Faculty serves as the chief academic officer of the university and is responsible for advancing the university’s educational mission and the evolving academic program. In fulfilling this role, this leader functions as the leader of and advocate for the academic programs and the faculty, a member of the Executive Council and the chief liaison to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. The VPAA/Dean of the Faculty oversees the work of the academic units, as well as administrative offices including the registrar, library, instructional design and academic support areas.

The successful candidate for the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty will be the one whose education, experience and accomplishments have prepared them to address these leadership opportunities and one who can be identified by the following attributes of leadership and personal abilities: a mission centered leader; a track record of increasing responsibility and accomplishment; a broadly prepared and experienced academic; an entrepreneurial thinker; a gifted communicator; a “student” of higher education; an effective decision maker; a principled and trusted colleague; a person of intercultural competence; and a seasoned diplomat.

For additional information about the University, the opportunities for the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty, and instructions for application, please visit the Position Profile.


Nominations, Applications, and Inquiries

The Graceland University VPAA/Dean of the Faculty Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until a new vice president is selected. To ensure most favorable consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by March 1, 2018.

Nominations, inquiries and applications will be treated confidentially and should be submitted electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF format to: Kevin Brunner, chair of the Search Committee, at The search is being assisted by: Dr. Richard F. Giese, Executive Search Consultant, 434-202-0935 (Office) 330-428-4271 (Cell)

Full details are available on the AGB website.