Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Position Overview

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Johnson C. Smith University, an HBCU founded in 1868, seeks a seasoned, innovative leader who will serve as the chief academic officer of the university while partnering with the president to implement a progressive and evolving strategy for excellence and growth. Located in Charlotte, NC, the university is located within the city’s vibrate core.

The Position

President Armbrister has focused his energies outward, with the goal of developing closer ties with the community, positioning JCSU as the institution that is best equipped to deal with issues of inequality and race, diversifying the university’s income stream to make JCSU less tuition dependent, dramatically increasing the endowment, and creating a student pipeline that draws minority students to the school. The SVPAA will work closely with the President to translate his vision into academic success, while assisting him in community outreach, fundraising for academic programs and helping the Deans become effective spokespersons and fundraisers for their colleges.

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will be a seasoned leader who eagerly embraces the unique role of an HBCU in the American educational landscape. He/she will possess a terminal degree and present a record of teaching excellence, as well as serious and sustained scholarship. Successful experience in managing change is highly desired. Experience in community relations and fundraising is a plus. Further details are provided in the search profile (downloadable above).

Nominations and Applications

To assure full consideration, applications should be received by December 11, 2019 and include a letter of interest that directly responds to the Opportunities and Challenges and the Qualifications and Qualities sections of the profile, a curriculum vitae, and five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to: 

The search committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

AGB Search welcomes nominators and prospective candidates to contact:

Dr. Richard A. Wueste, Executive Search Consultant,, (540) 431-5131


Dr. Nancy Targett, Executive Search Consultant,, (302) 233-5202

Johnson C. Smith University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran’s status as it relates to student enrollment or hiring. Johnson C. Smith University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Johnson C. Smith University.