The University of Houston (UH), located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, is a public, urban institution of higher education chartered by the State of Texas. Founded in 1927, UH is the flagship institution in the University of Houston System and the third-largest university in Texas with over 47,000 students and 2,800 faculty. A Tier One public research institution and one of the country’s most vibrant and ethnically diverse universities, UH is a dynamic hub of creativity and progress with award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, and alumni who have become international leaders. In 2020, the university launched a College of Medicine to meet the health care needs of underserved populations in the region and state.

As its primary objective, UH is dedicated to becoming a nationally recognized institution in the 21st century that anticipates and responds to changing demographics in an increasingly diverse and globally interdependent world. Student success has been identified as one of the university’s six strategic goals and is at the core of the mission of the student affairs and enrollment services division.

The Position

Reporting to the vice chancellor/vice president for student affairs and enrollment services and a member of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services executive and senior leadership teams, the assistant vice president for student affairs – health and well-being (AVP-HWB) develops student programs, supports student life, promotes student learning regarding health and wellness, and contributes to the university goal of creating an environment that fosters student success. The AVP-HWB is responsible for providing leadership, strategic vision, and administrative oversight of campus-wide programs, services, and operations within the health and well-being portfolio to facilitate and support the personal, academic, and co-curricular development of a highly diverse student population. The AVP-HWB works closely with the vice chancellor/vice president, the vice chancellor/vice president’s executive and senior leadership teams, faculty, staff, and students to ensure effective and efficient delivery of innovative health and wellness related services to the campus community, including medical care, psychological and mental health, alcohol and substance abuse education, physical wellbeing, and disability accommodations.

The following are the major units that report directly to the AVP-HWB:

Additionally, the AVP-HWB collaborates with academic affairs, administration and finance, university departments, student organizations, community members, and other stakeholders regarding health and wellness initiatives for students, faculty, and staff; provides management support to unit directors and other staff regarding facilities management and facilities construction projects; and serves as an ex-officio member of the Health Center Advisory Board and the Campus Recreation Advisory Board.


A master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of seven years of progressive experience in the health and wellness fields are required. Demonstrated outstanding supervision and coaching skills, experience as a member of a leadership team in a complex organization, and a contemporary and sophisticated understanding of health and wellness issues that impact diverse communities of students are required.

The ideal candidate will be a creative and instinctive collaborator who possesses:

  • A passionate commitment to supporting and advocating for students.
  • The ability to navigate circumstances that require diplomacy and consideration of multiple perspectives.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and dynamics that affect student health and well-being.
  • The ability to formulate and articulate a shared vision for the work of the health and well-being portfolio.
  • Excellent fiscal management skills.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who have a clearly articulated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a record of innovation and success in supporting the needs of a highly diverse student body.

Application and Nomination

The University of Houston has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. The review of applications will begin Friday, July 8, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel R. Frendian at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.