Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Position Overview

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Augustana College welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (VPDEI).  The successful candidate will be a collaborative, strategic, and results-oriented leader with a thorough knowledge of research and experience of best practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, and who will energize and create pathways that advance diversity and inclusion at all levels. The Vice President will work closely with the President, the President’s Cabinet, and faculty, staff, and students to enthusiastically facilitate diversity, promote equity, and ensure inclusion-related initiatives and institutional efforts.

The VPDEI will serve as a senior officer of the College, working closely with the President of the College, the President’s Cabinet, and faculty, staff, and students to build a campus community that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion so that all can fully experience and realize the excellence of an Augustana College education.

The VPDEI will serve as a member of the College’s senior leadership team and will support implementation of the College’s strategic initiatives.  They will provide guidance for faculty and staff on recruitment, retention and hiring policies, practices and procedures, and facilitate campus-wide engagement to achieve greater recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented students.  The VPDEI provides oversight for the College’s Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity and Office of International Student and Scholar Services and will cultivate strong relationships with the College’s multiple constituencies beyond campus.

The successful candidate will be a mission-oriented educator and values-centered person who is excited about and energized by the history and mission of Augustana College as a liberal arts education for the mind, spirit, and body.  They will be a community-builder and strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, advancing Augustana’s commitment to building an exemplary community that cherishes diversity of all kinds.  They will be a skilled and strategic decision-maker, an exceptional communicator, an astute financial manager, and a collaborative leader committed to empowering others.  The next VPDEI will be an experienced faculty member and a creative and entrepreneurial curriculum and program developer who will work with faculty to facilitate inclusive pedagogy, and work with faculty and students in developing and coordinating a comprehensive range of programs and services that sustain and promote an environment of inclusiveness.

Augustana is a private, selective college of the liberal arts and sciences. The 115-acre campus is located in Rock Island, Illinois, part of the Quad-Cities metropolitan area along the Mississippi River, 165 miles west of Chicago. Augustana awards the bachelor of arts in 100 majors and related academic programs. The College has had a Phi Beta Kappa chapter since 1950 and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. President Andrea Kathryn Talentino is Augustana’s ninth president.  For more information about Augustana, visit the College’s website: 

More information about this opportunity can be found in the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

AGB Search is assisting Augustana College with this important search.  For full consideration, materials must be received on or before October 12, 2023. To apply for the VPDEI position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae; 
  2. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities outlined in the position profile; and
  3. Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without permission of the candidate.

Application materials (Word or PDF) should be sent to: 
Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to or to one of the consultants listed below:

Dr. Loren J. Anderson
Executive Search Consultant
(253) 223-3566

Dr. Kim R. Bobby
(253) 861-7738

Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer, and is in compliance with the requirements of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The college administers programs and departments under its policy that all admissions criteria, services, programs, employment and housing shall be maintained at all times on a non-discriminatory basis, with regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, disability, creed, or ethnic background.  Director of Human Resources Mindy Zumdome is the College’s Equal Opportunity Employment Officer (