About the University

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

About the Position

The Assistant Vice President for Student Success at the University of South Carolina is a boundary spanning position that partners with university and external stakeholders to advance the retention, timely graduation, change readiness, life adaptability, career readiness, and life-long employability of our students. The Assistant Vice President partners with colleges, schools and departments to develop, monitor, and adjust student success plans and strategies for selected student populations, to include under-represented minorities, first-generation students, low socioeconomic students, transfers, veterans, and other priority sub-populations. In addition, the AVP partners with employers and other key stakeholders to ensure plans and practices are in alignment with workforce needs and expectations. Using national best practices and emerging research, the AVP identifies, develops and guides innovative initiatives to improve student retention, persistence, graduation and employability. Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Academic Support, this position is a key leader within the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support and the University of South Carolina. The AVP provides strategic direction and oversight for the Student Success Center, Career Center, University 101 Programs, The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and the coordinated student success network. The Assistant Vice President for Student Success:

  • Fosters partnerships with colleges and schools to develop retention, persistence, change readiness, graduation, and employability plans for under-represented students. Uses data and best practices to inform strategies. Evaluates plans, in partnership with colleges and schools, to determine current effectiveness, emerging best practices, and opportunities for data-informed change.
  • Leads the EAB Navigate coordinated success network and other related initiatives to enhance student success. Collaborates with partners across the institution, including academic colleges and schools, Financial Aid & Scholarships, University Housing, University Advising Center, On Your Time, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Health Services, the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analytics, Enrollment Management Analytics, and others, as appropriate, to leverage a coordinated student success network to intervene with and assist at-risk students. Establishes and monitors goals, objectives, and key performance indicators to determine effectiveness of outreach, opportunities for intervention, and potential improvements to practices. Facilitates improvements to processes and practices.
  • Guides the comprehensive programs and services of the Student Success Center. Evaluates the effectiveness of services, monitors national best practices, ensures optimal resource utilization, and facilitates partnerships to enhance student success. Ensures alignment with the university’s mission, goals and objectives. Fosters a culture of best-practice, evidence-based support and intervention.
  • Provides strategic direction to the University Career Center. Partners with colleges/schools, employers, and other stakeholders to enhance career readiness and employment outcomes of all students. Promotes career planning, experiential learning, career preparation, and early job search engagement to strengthen post-graduation outcomes and life-readiness. Seeks guidance, collaboration, and support from key partners across and beyond the university campus to implement innovative, proven practices to positively influence career outcomes. Develops new employer relationships, works with state and regional agencies on workforce development, and partners with employers on external support for career services.
  • Guides the strategic and operational direction of the instructional and faculty development components of University 101 and the affiliated programs (UNIV 201, 290, and 401) and the continuing education, research, and publication activities of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Functions at an institutional, national and international level by guiding research, assessment, and promotion of initiatives that support student success.


Master’s degree with at least 10 years of effective leadership in student success with demonstrated results and increasing levels of responsibility. Doctorate degree preferred.  Strong leadership skills, sound fiscal management, and the ability to build collaborative relationships among a wide range of constituents, including faculty, staff, academic deans, administrators, employers, community leaders, donors, and other key stakeholders are key competencies.  The ability to motivate and mobilize a cross-functional team toward common goals is critical.  Knowledge of best practices in student success, including existing and emerging software tools, is important.

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, resume/CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to July 15, 2019.  Nominations and applications can be submitted to:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
770-804-1996 ext. 109
pwilliams@parkersearch.com || eraines@parkersearch.com

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics

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