Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA). The successful candidate will play a critical role in fulfilling the University's mission by leading the recently reorganized student affairs and career development programs as a direct report to the president.
After years of capital investments, expansion of the faculty, and significant growth in the student population, MSU Denver is poised to accelerate its upward trajectory and create a more dramatic imprint in the city of Denver, the state of Colorado, and beyond. Under the leadership of recently appointed President, Dr. Janine Davidson—an accomplished scholar, national security strategist, and distinguished veteran—the University will fulfill its promise of guiding its students and alumni in achieving the American Dream. The VPSA will play a pivotal role in advancing this vision by creating new programs and initiatives that improve student success, enhancing student retention and graduation rates, and engaging community and industry partners. Key to these efforts will be an enhanced University-wide emphasis on career preparation and workforce development through experiential learning, internships, co-ops, apprenticeships, and work-study opportunities for its students.
Established in 1965 as Colorado's “College of Opportunity”, MSU Denver is a comprehensive, baccalaureate and master's degree granting urban university that offers arts and sciences, professional, and business courses and programs to a diverse student population. Over the last decade, as part of its journey to become a preeminent public urban university, Metropolitan State College of Denver received legislative authority to change its name to Metropolitan State University of Denver and become a master's-degree-granting educational institution. It now offers five master's degrees and has built four new cutting-edge facilities. Since 2005, MSU Denver has increased the number of degrees it has granted annually from 2,280 to 3,445 and in the last 10 years its first-time freshman retention rate has improved from 62 percent 65 percent (2005 – 2015). Total student headcount is 20,000, taught by 1,452 faculty members and supported by 709 staff members and over the past 12 years, the diversity of the University's student population has increased to 42% (students of color) and with a 26% Latino undergraduate population, the institution has emerging Hispanic Serving Institution status. By strategically creating public-private partnerships in areas such as hotel management, aerospace and advanced manufacturing and modern music education, MSU Denver has offered students unique opportunities to be prepared for the workplace, while also serving the workforce needs of Colorado. In 2012, the University opened its state-of-the-art Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, one of only a few collegiate hospitality learning laboratories connected to a fully functioning hotel in the country.
Occupying 150 acres on the Auraria Campus and sharing academic space with the University of Colorado Denver and the Community College of Denver, MSU Denver continues to expand in response to the needs of students and the mission it serves. For more information about MSU Denver, please visit https://msudenver.edu/.
Student Affairs at MSU Denver
The VPSA shares a passion for helping students make the dream of a college degree a reality. VPSA will collaborate across the University and with external partners to provide a broad range of services and programs designed to help students develop as individuals, engage with their communities and achieve their educational and professional goals. Student Affairs includes four departments that collectively provide wrap-around services to ensure students are engaged and supported throughout their education and through the job search process.
The Office of the Vice President advances the mission of Student Affairs by coordinating strategic planning, assessment, communications, professional development and administrative operations for all Student Affairs and Career Services.
Student Engagement and Wellness includes Campus Recreation, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, LGBTQ Student Resource Center, Health Center at Auraria, Student Activities, Met Media, and Veteran/Military Student Center.
Enrollment Management includes Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Call Center and Welcome Desk, Office of Testing Services, Center for Urban Education (CUE), TRIO High School Upward Bound.
Career Services includes Career Advising and Employer Engagement.
Reporting to the President, the VPSA will work collaboratively with the University's Senior Leader Team, other direct reports to the President, and the MSU Denver community to develop strategy based on best practices that will lead to the creation and implementation of enrollment strategies and student programs that will support the optimal student experience: graduating on time, with minimal or no debt, pursuing careers of choice, and becoming loyal alumni. In addition, to partnering with the University's academic deans, faculty, Council of Chairs, and Faculty Senate to further student success efforts, the VPSA will also actively engage and partner with employers to create experiential learning opportunities and job placement programs for students and MSU Denver graduates.
The VPSA will lead the Division of Student Affairs in supporting MSU Denver's mission by strategically shaping enrollment, providing effective student-centered programs that advance student success via extracurricular activities and social support, and ensuring access to services that are designed to enrich the learning environment and prepare graduates for the workforce. The VPSA will foster MSU Denver's relationships with high schools, school districts, and community colleges in Colorado and will work with other senior University leaders to nurture external relationships and partnerships for student scholarship, experiential learning, and job placement. The VPSA will also work with the Vice President of University Advancement and the Vice President for Administration and Finance to explore public-private partnerships that will create opportunities for students to enter successful careers via direct hiring pathways, apprenticeships, internships, co-ops, and mentoring.
The VPSA will work in very close collaboration with the Provost and all relevant stakeholders to contribute to University-wide success in identifying, attracting, enrolling, retaining, educating, developing, and graduating MSU Denver's diverse student body.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to: