Vice President for Business and Finance

Position Overview

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Simpson College, a private liberal arts college in Indianola, Iowa, is seeking nominations and applications for its next Vice President for Business and Finance (VPBF). Through innovative learning opportunities, individual student attention, and an unwavering commitment to inclusive educational access, Simpson College cultivates a diverse community of learners to lead lives of meaning and purpose.

Simpson College is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Located 12 miles south of Des Moines, Simpson’s picturesque 75-acre campus in Indianola is home to more than 1,100 full-time undergraduate students with an additional 100 part-time, primarily adult and graduate students, online and in-person. The College is student-focused with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a nationally recognized academic reputation. The Simpson College community prides itself on being has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report as #1 among Iowa private colleges and #7 overall among Regional Colleges Midwest. The rankings also placed Simpson #4 for “Best Value School” in the Midwest.

The Vice President for Business and Finance is Simpson’s Chief Financial & Business Officer and a member of the President’s Cabinet. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the VPBF is charged with advising the President on all aspects of the College’s finances, including but not limited to financial planning, budget and policy development, and providing leadership to the administrative functions of the College, including accounting, financial resources, human resources, facilities, auxiliary services, information technology and purchasing.

Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above.

Nominations and Applications

The VPBF Search Committee will begin the review of applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by October 27, 2023, and must include:

  • a letter of interest addressing the strategic objectives and qualifications identified in the profile;
  • a curriculum vitae; a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers, including their relationship to the candidate. 

Application materials should be submitted through the AGB Search portal system here: Simpson College VPBF. Please direct any nominations, expressions of interest or questions regarding the application process to Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above. Additional information about Simpson College can be found here: 

The VPBF Search is being assisted by AGB Search. Please direct nominations and inquiries to the email address above or:
Margaret (Peggy) Plympton, Ed.D., Principal /(484) 554-4542    

Matthew Kilcoyne, Principal / (202) 253-9846