Vice President Student Engagement

The Opportunity

Mary Baldwin University (MBU) seeks a strategic, inclusive, and enterprising senior student affairs officer. This opportunity calls for an ambitious and collaborative leader hungry for an opportunity to modernize and deepen student life at an entrepreneurial institution, which serves to launch predominantly first generation, low income, and students of color at the undergraduate residential level. Reporting to the President and serving on the Executive Staff (cabinet), the Vice President of Student Engagement (VPSE) will catalyze campus efforts to develop an inclusive, mentored, and tight-knit campus community that promotes students’ intellectual and personal development, well-being, leadership, intercultural competency, civic engagement, and identity exploration. 

A visible presence on campus, the VPSE will lead initiatives and advocacy for student success and well-being, mentor students, serve as a convener of high-stakes conversations, respond to student and family questions, attend campus events, and collaborate and communicate with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, including students, families, faculty, staff, administrative leaders, Trustees, and the local community. 

About MBU

Mary Baldwin University is a small, private university enrolling nearly 1,800 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels on campuses in Staunton and Fishersville, Virginia, and online. Since 1842, this intimate learning environment has allowed students to cultivate strong connections with faculty and peers. Our mission is to empower inclusive leaders to create lives of purpose and professional success in our changing world. The university is organized into three academic colleges: the Gold College of Arts and Sciences, the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, and the Palmer College of Professional Studies.

One of the Most Diverse Campuses in the Nation

With 60 percent of undergraduate residential students being Pell-eligible, 50 percent students of color, and 40 percent first generation, Mary Baldwin is among the most diverse campuses in the country. By encouraging students to share their backgrounds and points of view, MBU hosts a vibrant and inclusive community on campus.

Institutional History

Founded in 1842, MBU began with a then revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated – an idea that has been extended today to access for low income, students of color, and first generation students. Longtime headmistress and namesake Mary Julia Baldwin devoted her life to that mission, transforming the institution into a thriving women’s college by the end of her remarkable life. MBU has continued the proud legacy of revolutionary thinking and innovation to serve its students. In 1977, Mary Baldwin was the first college in Virginia to create a program for women and men to earn their degrees later in life. The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted was founded in 1985, one of a handful of programs in the United States designed to enable students as young as 13 to pursue college degrees. In 1995, the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership established the nation’s first and only all-female corps of cadets. In 1996, the institution intentionally shifted to create greater access to underrepresented students. In 2014, the College of Health Sciences opened, reflecting MBU’s dedication to interprofessional health care education. In 2016, the institution became a university recognizing its bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and expanding on its long tradition of student-centered excellence. In 2017, MBU welcomed the first residential men to campus. Today, MBU’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to fuel growth and momentum, underpinned by a radical belief and commitment to student potential and the power of education to change students’ lives, their families, communities, and the world. Among the university’s accolades, Mary Baldwin is recognized for its commitment to affordability and outcomes, listed among the nation’s top performers for social mobility.

The Community

Mary Baldwin University is located in Staunton, Virginia, conveniently located in the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley. Known for its historic architecture and charming downtown, it is home to a vibrant arts and music scene and offers a range of excellent dining, wine bars, and micro-breweries. With five National Historic Districts, Staunton is easily explored by foot. Its compact downtown features over one hundred unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. At the crossroads of Virginia, Staunton is a transportation hub with advanced rail, highway, and air access. The city lies at the heart of Virginia’s Education and Technology Corridor with nine colleges and universities regionally and a Blue Ribbon local school system. Augusta County hosts corporate residents including Best Buy, Specialty Blades, Bruin, U.S.A., McKee Foods, Hershey Chocolate, and a host of other companies.

Reporting Relationships

Reporting to the President and serving on the Executive Staff (cabinet), the VPSE will provide the strategic vision, leadership, oversight, and direction for student engagement across our undergraduate residential, online, and graduate programs. As the second VPSE in institutional history, this executive will lead a team of dedicated professionals in taking this young division to the next level, building leadership programs, implementing a new residential college program, increasing student success, focusing divisional efforts on achieving student learning outcomes, and enhancing community for undergraduate residential students, online students, and graduate students. 

The position oversees a robust portfolio of student affairs functions that support student belonging, development, and learning outside the classroom, including: Residence Life, Student Activities, Counseling Services (and TimelyCare), Health Services, Athletics, Dining, Student Conduct, Title IX coordination, Security, Wellness, Commencement, Student Government Association, Orientation, the Campus Cupboard and Campus Closet, Chaplain (dotted line) and more.

Position Responsibilities 

Mary Baldwin seeks a vice president with the vision, skills, character, and drive to put creative ideas and best practices into action. In addition to those listed above, responsibilities of the vice president include but are not limited to the following.


Application and Nomination

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile to Vice President of Enrollment Management Matt Munsey at Nominations and inquiries may also be emailed to Mr. Munsey. The anticipated hiring range is commensurate with education and experience. 

Mary Baldwin University values and celebrates diversity, is committed to equal opportunity, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or veteran’s status.