Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Canisius University, a nationally recognized independent liberal arts Jesuit, Catholic institution serving over 2,500 students, invites inquiries, nominations and applications for its next Vice President for Academic Affairs. Reporting directly to President Steve Stoute, the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is the chief academic officer and provides strategic and operational leadership for all academic functions of the university.

Canisius University is one of 27 Catholic, Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. and the premier private university in Western New York. Consistently ranked among the top regional institutions in the Northeast for social mobility, undergraduate teaching, and overall value, Canisius promotes the Jesuit principles of academic excellence, service, and leadership through a broad range of learning experiences and a core curriculum grounded in the liberal arts. Students are drawn to Canisius for its caring and supportive community, the quality of academic programs and preparation for future success.

Canisius University’s undergraduate division offers more than 100 majors, minors, and special programs, taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields, through three academic units: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education & Human Services. Established in the 1930s, the graduate division has grown to become one of the most respected schools in Western New York. The University also offers 12 unique and exceptional online degree-granting programs.

As the chief academic officer, the VPAA is responsible for oversight of all academic programs; works closely with, and serves as a senior advisor to, the President; collaborates with other executive officers, deans, directors, and Trustees; and interacts with faculty, staff, students, and community members to advance the institution. Canisius University’s next VPAA will help lead the university’s academic and strategic vision, consistent with the university’s strategic plan, that meets the needs of students, excites faculty, and inspires innovation and collaboration.

The full search profile, which includes strategic priorities for, and qualifications of, the next VPAA, as well as application procedures, can be found above. 

Nominations and Applicatons

To assure full consideration, applications should be received by June 21st, 2024. Application materials should be submitted in PDF format through the AGB Search application portal here: Canisius VPAA Application Portal

The salary range for the Canisius University VPAA opportunity is $215,000 to $230,000. Please note that the compensation information is a good faith estimate of the base pay for this position. The selected candidate’s actual base pay will be based on job-related, non-discriminatory factors including experience.

Please direct any nominations, expressions of interest, or questions regarding the application process to or to the AGB Search team: 

Tamara Jhashi, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
(248) 821-4766

Matthew J. Kilcoyne
(202) 253-9846

Canisius University, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice. Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity. The university is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the Office of Human Resources at Canisius University at (716) 888-2240.