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					                                                              VICE PRESIDENT FOR
                                                                    STUDENT LIFE


Houghton College was founded in 1883 as a Christian liberal arts college in the Wesleyan
tradition. For more than 125 years Houghton College has prepared students to become
global contributors empowered by a challenging education, taught in a vibrant
community and grounded in Christian faith. Located in beautiful Allegany County, New
York, Houghton College has a student body of around 1,100 students from over 40 states
and 25 countries. Baccalaureate degrees are offered in 46 fields and Master level degrees
are offered in Music.

Houghton announces a nationwide search to recruit an innovative and collaborative
individual for the position of Vice President for Student Life. Reporting directly to the
President and an integral member of the President’s cabinet, the Vice President for
Student Life holds faculty membership and works closely with the Chief Academic
Officer and Dean of the Chapel.


   Personal Christian faith that is reflected in one’s professional and personal life
   Doctoral degree in a relevant field
   Commitment and ability to articulate a Christian liberal arts philosophy and its
    implications for student life in the 21st century
   Demonstrated skills as an accomplished administrator and leader in a higher
    education setting
   Demonstrated ability to work with others as part of a leadership team
   Demonstrated skills in effective organizational and interpersonal communication


The following positions report directly to the Vice President for Student Life at the
present time: Dean of Students, Associate Dean for Student Involvement and Leadership,
Director of Counseling Services, Director of Health Services, Executive Director of
Athletics, and Director of Community Relations (responsible for the campus store, camps
and conferences, and food service). Reporting areas may be adjusted depending on the
qualifications of the successful candidate
The Vice President for Student Life:

      Oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of plans consistent
       with the College’s vision and strategic goals as related to the Student Life mission
      Supervises the directors of the areas mentioned above and the Office of Student
       Life (OSL) administrative assistant
      Serves as one of the chief officers of the College and reports directly to the
      Collaborates in providing professional development opportunities for student life
       staff members
      Chairs and provides leadership and vision for the Student Life Council
      Interacts regularly with the president of the Student Government Association
      Serves as the primary resource person to the Board of Trustees committee on
       student life
      Represents student views to the College administration as charged by the College
      Oversees the student conduct process
      Prepares, implements and manages an annual operating budget
      Assumes other duties as assigned by the President


While applicants and nominations will be received until a new Vice President for Student
Life is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by September
15, 2012. Applicants, potential applicants, and nominators may direct questions to Dr.
Michael Lastoria, Search Committee Chair at: 585.567.9622

Individuals interested in the Vice President for Student Life position may submit a cover
letter and vitae to:
                                Dr. Michael Lastoria Ed.D.
                                 Chair, Search Committee
                                    Houghton College
                                   One Willard Avenue
                                  Houghton, NY 14744
                               E-mail: VPSL@houghton.edu

   Houghton College is an equal opportunity employer committed, within our historic
    Christian tradition, to diversity in its administration, faculty, staff, and student

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