The University of California, Riverside (UCR), one of 10 campuses within the University of California system, is one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation and has received significant recognition for its record in research and its exceptional success at attracting and graduating low-income and first-generation students. In 2016, UCR won the Project Degree Completion Award from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities for its success in dramatically increasing graduation rates; and in 2017, Education Trust recognized UCR’s success in eliminating the graduation gap for Latinx and Black students.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the vice chancellor for student affairs, the associate vice chancellor (AVC/DOS) will focus on developing and enhancing the student experience and increasing student success and engagement. UCR seeks an innovative leader who is committed to creating a world-class student experience and is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion coupled with a proven ability to meaningfully collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and senior leadership. The AVC/DOS is a senior leader within the Student Affairs organization who directs complex critical programs, serves as the decision maker in the absence of the vice chancellor of student affairs, and frequently represents the entire division of Student Affairs at campus and community events and activities, conferences, and on internal and external committees. The AVC/DOS is responsible and accountable for leadership, budget and financial oversight, management, and design of the following areas: Student Conduct, Residential Life, Highlander Union Building, Native American Student Programs, Women’s Resource Center, Chicano Student Programs, Undocumented Student Resource Center, Middle Eastern Student Center, African Student Programs, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and Dean of Students Administrative Office and Student Life. The Dean of Students Administrative Office and Student Life includes: Orientation, Greek Life, Veterans Services, New Student and Transfer Programs, Highlander Band, Spirit and Traditions, Student Organizations, Student Leadership, and Community Service. The AVC/DOS has significant responsibility for, and is expected to lead, organizational-wide initiatives, decisions, and policy directives. In addition, the AVC/DOS is expected to work closely with Associated Students of University of California, Riverside and involve students throughout the organization. The AVC/DOS must share the strong campus commitment to academic quality and diversity.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Applicants must possess an advanced degree in a related field however, an earned doctorate in an associated discipline is preferred. Additionally, the successful candidate must possess 10 to 15 years of related student affairs experience; previous supervisory/managerial experience; experience working at a large, public or private educational institution; a demonstrated knowledge of legal issues, crisis/emergency management, and student wellbeing; working knowledge and experience in best practices relative to student conduct, student engagement, fraternity and sorority leadership development, and orientation; knowledge and experience with student conduct and Title IX; a thorough understanding of student development theory; demonstrated understanding of methods for learning outcomes assessment, decision-making via evidence, and deployment of high-impact practices; and excellent listening, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

In order to succeed in this important position, campus stakeholders offered the following suggestions for personal characteristics which would be sought in the successful candidate:

  • professional who can help bridge the gap between student affairs and academic affairs;
  • one who focuses on developing and enhancing the student experience;
  • a leader who has an ability build strong collaborations;
  • a visionary who will collaborate with BVU faculty to develop undergraduate pipeline programs;
  • one who enjoys interacting with students and is invigorated by them;
  • a strong listener;
  • a professional who is well-versed in having difficult conversations;
  • one who can create a shared vision for the future;
  • one who has an innovative approach to building teams;
  • a leader who is a risk-taker and accountable;
  • a seasoned manager that relies on data-driven decision making;
  • one who has strong political acumen;
  • one who is committed to diversity and social justice;
  • one who can effectively manage the “students in crisis” team; and
  • a dynamic leader who can represent the division and Dr. Haynes.

History of the Position

Dr. Brian Haynes joined the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in August, 2018. This search was underway when Dr. Haynes arrived. He made the decision to conduct a larger national search to fill this position.

Measures of Success for the Position

  • The AVP and Dean of Students is highly visible and is trusted and respected throughout the UCR campus.
  • Strong relationships have been established with other senior administrators, faculty, and staff throughout the university—particularly among colleagues in academic affairs, enrollment management, and finance and administration—and these relationships are producing valuable collaborations that support student success and institutional strategic goals.
  • The level of student engagement has increased.
  • A complete assessment of policies and procedures has occurred.
  • A culture of using data has been established.
  • A strategic plan, in concert with the current review, has occurred and progress on it has begun.
  • The AVP and Dean of Students will have established.
  • Trust has been developed among staff across the division. Responsibilities are delegated to the appropriate departments, and leaders are held accountable for outcomes.
  • Decision-making processes well-known to the division.
  • There is a strong sense of shared vision and collegiality within the division.

An Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

Under the direction of Vice Chancellor Brian L. Haynes, Ph.D, the office of Student Affairs oversees UCR’s large and diverse student-body and programs that provide resources to aid students’ personal, academic and professional growth. UCR students do everything from joining student organizations and attending campus-sponsored concerts, to using the Student Recreation Center and Student Health Services. Student Affairs is the division that’s responsible for all of that and more! Student Affairs is focused on serving students so that their time at UC Riverside is a success intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially and developmentally. Student Affairs is a department for students, and they remain committed to providing the total UCR Student Experience both inside the classroom and out.

The “Student-Centered” Philosophy

In order to constantly improve and upgrade student services and the student experience at UC Riverside, Student Affairs uses one guiding principle over and over again: What serves our UCR students best? UC Riverside wants students to achieve their goals in the fewest steps possible, while understanding all of their options and having rewarding interactions with university staff. That’s why they promote school spirit through campus events. UC Riverside built a Wellness Center to encourage healthier lifestyle choices through education and communication. Student-centered has always been the yardstick they use to put the student first in Student Affairs!

Recent Student Affairs Initiatives

  • R’Web: R’Web consolidates the most popular UCR applications including Growl, R’mail, the Schedule of Classes into one computer portal with a convenient single sign-on. R’Web also provides special alerts about fees and due dates, the UCR shuttle schedule, real-time traffic updates and Shout-Outs that inform students about what’s happening on campus.
  • Student Vitality Initiative: Increases students’ sense of campus vitality and school spirit through, energetic Web sites, colorful posters and campus signage, and major rebranding and expansion of Homecoming, Welcome Week and UCR pride events such as the weekly R’Day campaign on Wednesdays when students are encouraged to sport their Highlander pride with UCR clothing.
  • Wellness initiative: The Well is the fulfillment of a campus vision is to have UCR students engaged in personal wellness and a vibrant, healthy and balanced lifestyle, while providing integrated programs and resources that promote the importance of maintaining an optimal quality of life and foster a culture of health and wellness.
  • First-Year Success: Connects first-year students with staff resources that assist them with campus life and academic skills. Also provides them with seminars and workshops on a variety of topics including time management, conflict resolution and tips for studying.

Departments within Student Affairs

  • African Student Programs – African Student Programs coordinates and oversees student activities and programs that honor African traditions. Programs and activities are designed to enhance academic excellence, leadership development and cultural awareness as well as foster an appreciation of an ethnically diverse campus, community and world.
  • Asian Pacific Student Programs – Asian Pacific Student Programs strives to promote a diverse learning environment, providing the UC Riverside community with opportunities to learn from and about the Asian and Pacific Islander student population.
  • Associated Students Program Board – The Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) is an elite student organization made up of 13 board members who serve six divisions: leadership, concerts, special events, films, cultural events and marketing. Our goals are to provide students with quality entertainment events, foster teamwork and leadership within our members and promote fun on campus.
  • Associated Students – UCR – The Associated Students of the University of California, Riverside (ASUCR), is the student government at UCR. It is organized much like your standard government, with the undergraduate student body at the head.
  • AVC-Dean of Students – The Office of the AVC/Dean of Students is comprised of fifteen departments with multiple initiatives and support programs united by one common goal: To provide you with the most enriching UCR student experience possible.
  • Chicano Student Programs – Chicano Student Programs develops a positive, constructive environment for Chicano/Latino students, providing support services, and facilitating the implementation of programs and activities designed to educate the general university population about the Chicano/Latino community.
  • Counseling Center – The Counseling Center provides specialized professional services designed to support the educational process on an ethnically diverse campus and to assist students in their career, personal and social development.
  • KUCR Radio – KUCR provides news, music and information on 88.3 FM.
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center – The LGBT Resource Center provides one-on-one support, hosts peer discussion groups, offers free handouts and a lending library of books and videos, provides leadership development training for student leaders and promotes awareness of LGBT concerns and culture.
  • Native American Student Programs – Native American Student Programs provides educational cultural and social support for American Indian students. It coordinates a variety of activities designed to expand educational awareness for American Indian students as well as the campus community.
  • Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Programs – SCAIP is responsible for addressing alleged incidents of academic and non-academic violations of UCR Standards of Conduct that involve UCR students.
  • Student Health Services – Student Health Services provides high quality, confidential medical care to students, with a focus on convenient, affordable and accessible services. All registered students are eligible to use Student Health Services.
  • Student Life – Student Life is dedicated to the education and development of UCR’s diverse student body and to creating a meaningful, learning-centered campus life. Student Life works in active partnership with student, faculty and staff to foster and support student opportunities for learning, involvement, leadership, community building and creative expression that complement classroom experiences.
  • Student Recreation – Recreation’s mission is to enhance the mental, physical, social and emotional development of all students, faculty, and staff by educating and serving them through recreational programming and services.
  • Student Development Resource Center – Student Special Services houses Services for Students with Disabilities, Veterans’ Affairs, and Voter Registration. They also provide ROTC Referral and Selective Service information.
  • The Well – The Well is part of the campus and UC system-wide Mental Health/Healthier Campus Climate Initiative committed to providing a safe, supportive and connected campus environment through the promotion of healthy minds, bodies and communities.
  • Women’s Resource Center – The Women’s Resource Center is a multifunctional center that provides women’s and men’s programs and services for the UCR student community. The office offers educational opportunities and support to foster access, outreach, retention, equity, knowledge and skill development, safety and a general sense of well-being.

Dr. Brian Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dr. Brian Haynes currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), a position he has held since August 2018. In this leadership role, he leads a team of more than 250 staff and administrators in programs, services and initiatives that support

student engagement and success, including: Associated Students (Student Government), CARE, Case Management, Counseling and Psychological Services, Ethnic and Gender Programs, Guardian Scholars and Foster Youth Program, Highlander Union, Radio Station (KUCR), Recreation Center, Residential Life, Student Conduct, Student Disability Resource Center, Student Health Center, Student Life, Veterans Support Programs and the Wellness Center.

Prior to joining UCR, Dr. Haynes served as Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University, San Bernardino.  Dr. Haynes has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Clayton State University in the University System of Georgia and as an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida International

University (FIU) from 2000-2005. He also served as an assistant professor in the higher education administration program at FIU. Dr. Haynes has previously served as the Director of Student Affairs for the State University System of Florida – Florida Board of Governors and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Director of Minority Student Affairs at East Carolina University.  Dr. Haynes has also served in student affairs capacities at Gettysburg College and Ohio University.

Dr. Haynes’ professional activities and affiliations include serving on the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Foundation Board of Directors; Advisory Board Member, Student Affairs Today Publication; He previously served as NASPA Region III Public Policy Representative; James E. Scott Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness; State Director, Region III, State of Georgia; State Director, Region III, State of Florida; and ACPA Chair of Standing Committee on Multicultural Affairs.

A sampling of his professional accolades include numerous publications and presentations on important topics: Increasing Diversity and Reducing Inequity; Black Undergraduates in Higher Education; African-American Student Organizations; and Strategic Thinking and Planning in Student Affairs.  He is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (National Academic Honor Society for Freshman); honorary member of Golden Key International Honour Society, and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. In

2017, Dr. Haynes received the prestigious NASPA Pillar of the Profession Award given annually to distinguished individuals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and the higher education community. He is also a recipient of the Operational Excellence Award, Florida International University and Outstanding Community Contribution Award, East Carolina University.

His community involvement includes past and present service on numerous advisory boards that support the local community and region, including: the Cooperative Economic Empowerment Movement, Project REACH and the Inland Valley News. In 2018, Dr. Haynes received the Tom Bradley Community Service & Distinguished Citizen Award from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; and was the recipient of the Excellence in Educational Administration Award from the Inland Valley News. He is also a 2017 recipient of the Inland Empire Concerned African-American Churches, “Public Servant” award.  Dr. Haynes has previously served on the Leadership Circle of the United Way of Miami-Dade County; and the Pitt-Greenville (North Carolina) Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute Steering Committee.

Throughout his career Dr. Haynes has served as a champion for countless youth aspiring to achieve a college degree. He is a tireless advocate for underserved community access and success in higher education and regularly mentors and serves as a role model for college students.

Dr. Haynes holds a bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University and has a master’s degree and doctorate in higher education from Ohio University.  He and his wife Jacquelyn are the proud parents of Faith (15) and Joshua (10).


Institution & Location

Institutional Background

The University of California, Riverside (UCR or UC Riverside), is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the University of California system. UC Riverside is a proud member of the prestigious University of California system, which this year marks its 150th anniversary. Our history of high-impact innovation began with the university’s earliest days as a Citrus Experiment Station and continues through today’s transformative research. As we celebrate our past, we prepare next-generation scientists, engineers, performers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.

Founded in 1907 as the UC Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, they pioneered research in biological pest control and the use of growth regulators responsible for extending the citrus growing season in California from four to nine months. Some of the world’s most important research collections on citrus diversity and entomology, as well as science fiction and photography, are located at Riverside. Once a small university in a small town, we are now the premier research and educational institution in the thriving Inland Southern California region. The main campus sits on 1,900 acres in a suburban district of Riverside, California, with a branch campus of 20 acres in Palm Desert.

UCR’s undergraduate College of Letters and Science opened in 1954. The Regents of the University of California declared UCR a general campus of the system in 1959, and graduate students were admitted in 1961. To accommodate an enrollment of 21,000 students by 2015, more than $730 million has been invested in new construction projects since 1999. Preliminary accreditation of the UCR School of Medicine was granted in October 2012 and the first class of 50 students was enrolled in August 2013. It is the first new research-based public medical school in 40 years.

UCR is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically and economically diverse universities in the United States. The 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings places UCR 55th among top public universities, 112th nationwide, and ranks 16+ graduate school programs including the Graduate School of Education and the Bourns College of Engineering based on peer assessment, student selectivity, financial resources, and other factors. Washington Monthly ranked UCR 5th in the United States in terms of social mobility, research and community service, while U.S. News ranks UCR as the fifth most ethnically diverse and, by the number of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants (42 percent), the 15th most economically diverse student body in the nation. Nearly two-thirds of all UCR students graduate within six years without regard to economic disparity. UCR’s extensive outreach and retention programs have contributed to its reputation as a “campus of choice” for minority students, including LGBT students. In 2005, UCR became the first public university campus in the nation to offer a gender-neutral housing option.

About Riverside, CA

Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. It is the most populous city in the Inland Empire as well as Riverside County, and is located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles. It is also part of the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside is the 59th most populous city in the United States and 12th most populous city in California. As of the 2010 Census, Riverside had a population of 303,871.

Riverside was founded in the early 1870s and is the birthplace of the California citrus industry as well as home of the Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States.

The University of California, Riverside, is located in the northeastern part of the city. The university also hosts the Riverside Sports Complex. Other attractions in Riverside include the Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, which houses exhibits and artifacts of local history, the California Museum of Photography, the California Citrus State Historic Park, and the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, one of the two original navel orange trees in California.


The University of California, Riverside will transform the lives of the diverse people of California, the nation, and the world through the discovery, communication, translation, application, and preservation of knowledge – thereby enriching the state’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.

Strategic Plan

UC Riverside has recently completed a strategic plan to provide a framework for the growth of the campus and investment for the next decade. The plan, called UCR 2020, may be viewed by clicking here:


Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor

As UC Riverside’s chief executive officer, Wilcox oversees a campus of more than 23,000 students, 850 faculty members, and 8,700 academic and administrative staff members. During his tenure, UC Riverside has seen historic growth across its education, research, and public service missions, including record improvements in student success, research funding, and philanthropic giving as well as the establishment of new schools of medicine and public policy.

Guided by UC Riverside’s long-term strategic plan, Wilcox has initiated an ambitious effort to grow the faculty and the campus’s physical facilities. Over the last four years, UCR has grown its faculty by nearly 200, while increasing the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity among incoming faculty members. Likewise, UCR has added or renovated more than 100,000 square feet of building space on campus since 2013 with another $1 billion in capital projects underway.

During Wilcox’s tenure, UC Riverside has become a national model for achieving student success, particularly across socio-economic and ethnic categories. Since 2013, four-year graduation rates at UC Riverside have increased by 11 percentage points and six-year rates by 7 points. UC Riverside is one of the few institutions nationwide that has eliminated graduation-rate gaps across income levels and ethnicity. In 2016, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recognized this achievement with their “Project Degree Completion Award,” which goes to one university nationwide that has demonstrated innovation in student success. Under Wilcox’s leadership, UC Riverside became a charter member of the University Innovation Alliance, a collaboration of major public research universities in America seeking to improve student graduation rates and outcomes across all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Wilcox has been an active participant on a variety of higher education advisory boards and committees. He currently serves on the NCAA Presidential Forum and as a member of the board of directors for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. He serves on the APLU’s US-Mexico Committee and previously served as a member of the APLU executive board and chaired the APLU’s Commission on Information Management and Assessment. Wilcox is also a member of the Council on Competitiveness, a nonpartisan organization consisting of university presidents, CEOs, labor leaders, and national lab directors working to promote innovation and growth in the U.S. economy.

From 2005 to 2013, he served as provost at Michigan State. Previously, he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, from 2002 to 2005, and president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents from 1999 to 2002. He also spent ten years as the chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing at the University of Kansas.

A first-generation college graduate, Wilcox attended Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in audiology and speech sciences. He also holds master’s and doctoral degrees in speech and hearing sciences from Purdue University. His research focuses on speech acoustics, and he has directed teaching, research, and service projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Academic Program

UCR is an institution on the move, located in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S., boasting world-class academics and global research impacts. The campus provides a robust set of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs to one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation.

UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, and The Education Trust recently named UCR a “top-performing institution” for African American and Latino/a students. At the graduate level, UCR opened the first public School of Medicine on the U.S. West Coast in more than 40 years and launched a new School of Public Policy to benefit the residents of Inland Southern California.

Students who earn a UCR degree are transformed by the people they meet, the courses they take, and the careers they pursue. Challenging majors, unique research experiences, and inspiring professors lead students from zones of comfort and convenience into areas of exploration that are as thrilling as they are new.

Undergraduate Education cultivates student success by providing academic support, experiential learning, and research opportunities.

University Honors engages students, faculty, and staff in high-impact scholarship, creativity, and innovation.

Education Abroad is UCR Students’ gateway to high-quality international opportunities, offered through academic coursework and cultural/language immersion.

At UCR, students and faculty from different backgrounds and cultures come together to make our community stronger, sharper, and smarter. Bring your brilliance to UCR. We’ll help you share it with the world.

The Student Body

Total students enrolled in Fall 2017 – 23,278

Undergraduates                  20,069

Graduates                                3,209


Benefits Overview

  • Medical Plans
  • Behavioral Health Benefits
  • Dental Plans
  • Vision Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Additional Insurance Plans
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Disability Plan Benefits

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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately 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. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Jennifer N. Hiatt 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 California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.