Vice President for Administration and Finance

Position Overview

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Bowie State University (BSU), a growing Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and part of the University System of Maryland (USM), is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and strategic Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) to join its leadership team. 

With new presidential leadership, BSU is well positioned to enhance its growth trajectory with a leader in the VPAF role who is closely aligned with the community’s mission and direction. The VPAF will assess University resources, evaluate opportunities, and transform A&F leadership, operations, and practices to increase efficiencies, build partnerships and enhance the mission, vision, and values of the University. Clearly well versed in administration and finance with strong financial acumen and a strategic bent, the VPAF will lead and inspire a talented team that includes: Budget and Finance, Facilities, Procurement, Auxiliary Services, Human Resources, Public Safety, and Risk Management. They will ideally possess at least ten years operation and finance leadership experience inside higher education and an MBA or similar advanced degree. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is key and the ability and a desire to be a thought partner and advisor to a highly entrepreneurial and passionate president will be expected. 

BSU is building a bold future on a proud heritage. Founded in 1865, BSU is Maryland’s oldest Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and is one of 12 constituent institutions of the University System of Maryland (USM). Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 20 HBCUs, BSU provides high-quality and affordable educational opportunities for students with ambitions to achieve and succeed. 

BSU offers 29 undergraduate majors and 39 master’s, doctoral, and advanced certification programs with special focus on science, technology, business, education, and related disciplines. A supportive environment empowers students to think critically, make new discoveries, value differences, and emerge as leaders in
a rapidly changing global society. 

The VPAF is a challenging and rewarding position that requires a visionary leader who possesses exceptional judgment, strong management skills, and a deep understanding of and commitment to the mission and vision of BSU. The most qualified candidates will have a track record of senior executive financial management experience with demonstrated inspired leadership and knowledge of sound management principles. They will be experienced in the different pieces of the position’s portfolio, be high energy, entrepreneurial, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with peers and team members who embrace a culture of “racing to excellence.” They will understand that it is a defining moment in the history of BSU and will be motivated by the ambitious change underway. 

A complete position profile with instructions for application may be found above. Additional information about BSU can be found here:

Nominations and Applications

To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by November 21, 2023. The Search Committee will begin a review of applications in October and continue its work until an appointment is made.

Candidates should provide:

  • A letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the position profile.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Five professional references with emails, telephone numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed (references will not be contacted without prior written authorization from the applicant).

Please click here to apply. Should you have any questions or encounter any difficulties with the application process, please contact

The search is being assisted by:

Monica Burton, / (917) 825-2961

Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Ed.D., Principal - / (484) 554-4542

Elizabeth Alvarado, Ed.D., Research Associate - / (202) 660-2543

Bowie State University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or veteran status. The University provides equal access for employees and applicants for employment to all programs and services provided by the University both on and off campus, including reasonable accommodations to promote the employment of qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the University’s business. In addition, employees and applicants will not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination because they have engaged in, or may have engaged in, activities such as filing a complaint, assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance review or hearing, or opposing any act or practice made unlawful. For the University’s full EEO statement, please visit here