Washington State University Vancouver (WSU Vancouver), one of six campuses of the distinguished Washington State University system, seeks a collaborative, strategic, and student-centered leader to serve as its next Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment (Vice Chancellor). Reporting to the Chancellor, and serving as key member of the campus leadership team, the Vice Chancellor will partner with Academic Affairs in providing the supports and campus climate that will enable all students to achieve their education goals, and serve as the chief architect for designing and implementing an enrollment growth strategy that supports the university’s land-grant mission of access and academic excellence, and to better serve the people of Southwest Washington.
WSU Vancouver was formally established as a branch campus in 1989. Legislation passed by the Washington Legislature in 2018 removed the “branch” designation, recognizing the growth and maturity of the campuses. WSU Vancouver is the second largest campus in the WSU system. All campuses share the Carnegie Classification of “Very High Research Activity,” or R1. WSU Vancouver is situated in Southwest Washington on 351 scenic acres in the homelands of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. A part of the greater Portland metro area, it enrolls 3,577 commuter students with a goal of growing to 5,000 by 2023. The average age of a WSU Vancouver student is 26. Six percent of students are veterans and 28 percent are students of color. Forty-nine percent of WSU Vancouver undergraduates are Pell-eligible and 48 percent are first-generation college students. Finally, 66 percent of incoming undergraduates are transfer students, many of whom have received Associate’s degrees from nearby Clark College.
State-of-the-art facilities support the College of Arts and Sciences, the Carson College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Nursing. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine also have presence on the WSU Vancouver campus. Together the colleges and programs offer 23 bachelor’s degrees, eight master’s degrees and three doctorate degrees, and include 200 Ph.D. faculty. Notable programs include creative media and digital culture, earth and environmental science, mechanical and electrical engineering, neuroscience, psychology, and public affairs.
WSU Vancouver is the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington and its mission is to provide access to baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people, communities and economy of the region. WSU Vancouver helps drive Southwest Washington’s economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.