Vice President for Finance and Operations

Position Overview

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Benedict College, a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) located in Columbia, South Carolina, invites inquiries and applications for the position of Vice President for Finance and Operations (VPFO).

Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the VPFO will be the Chief Resource and Business Officer of Benedict College responsible for the combined functions of operations and financial affairs. Overall responsibilities include overseeing business services, budget office, facilities management, and information technology. They will be strategic, collaborative, mission-driven, engaged, and a hands-on leader who will approach the role with a strategic resource management mindset.

The new VPFO will inspire confidence with the Benedict College president, trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community by engaging across the campus. A strong relationship builder, the new VPFO will find ways to encourage collaboration across both academic and operational building support functions to ensure the College serves students.

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private coeducational liberal arts institution with over 1,700 students enrolled in its 26 baccalaureate degree programs and 2 master’s degree program. Defying trends, Benedict College maintains a nearly equal male and female student population. This Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world.

Candidates will possess a minimum of five years’ experience in a supervisory role in a college business office, or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of the position. They will bring demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with college faculty, staff, administrators and governing boards, with experience in operational and strategic planning, policy development, and financial analysis. A master’s degree in accounting, business, or related field is desired.

Additional Information about Benedict College may be found at: https://www.benedict.edu/

Nominations and Applications

To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by the priority application deadline of April 29, 2023. The search committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue its work until an appointment is made. All nominations, inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence.

Applications must include:

  • A letter of interest stating how their experience and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the leadership profile;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • The names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

The search profile, with additional information about the College, the opportunities for the VPFO, and instructions for application, may be found above.

All application materials (Word or PDF) will be received in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to: BenedictVPFO@agbsearch.com

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Ms. Monica Burton, Principal, monica.burton@agbsearch.com / (917) 825-2961

Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Plympton, Principal, margaret.plympton@agbsearch.com / (484) 554-4542

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.