The University of Iowa (UI) is one of the nation’s premier public research universities with 33,564 students from 114 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1847, it is the state’s oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City.

In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the UI seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavors through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

UI carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences. UI is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.

The Division of Student Life is comprised of staff members who embrace new ideas and work together to keep students safe while providing them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 13 departments that span from Recreational Services to Student Involvement and Leadership and everything in between. They believe in working together as one team to achieve their mission—fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom. One of the division priorities is to advance UI’s goals to recruit and retain underrepresented U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) staff and students.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Life, the Director, Student Health provides senior leadership, direction, management, and coordination of Student Health functions to support and promote the health of students within a top-level, Big10, AAAHC-accredited student health clinic. These functions include providing students with comprehensive, effective, accessible and timely primary care including mental health and offering preventive health screenings and services; and monitoring the campus environment to prevent or control the transmission of infectious diseases among students on campus while maintaining a financially sound and self-supporting organization. The director serves as a campus health expert, promoting the profession of college health and actively participating in the American College Health Association and other national organizations. In alignment with the values of the Division of Student Life, the director is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is a key participant in creating the vision for a culture of well-being on campus, through collaboration with Student Wellness, Recreational Services, University Counseling Service, Student Disability Services and other partners. UI’s Student Health environment includes 12 providers (MD and mid-level), CLIA-approved moderate complexity laboratory, NurseLine, two Nurse Care clinics on campus, and allergy, travel, gynecology, and psychiatry services.


  • Provide senior leadership, direction, management, and coordination of Student Health functions to support and promote the health of students.
  • Provide students with comprehensive, effective, accessible and timely primary care, including mental health, and preventive health screenings and services.
  • Monitor the campus environment to prevent or control the transmission of infectious diseases among students on campus while maintaining a financially-sound and self-supporting organization.
  • Serve as a member of the Division of Student Life Leadership team.
  • Lead cross-disciplinary teams in providing mission-driven, student-centered health care.
  • Develop and promote collaborative initiatives on campus, in the community, and with the UIHC that advance the Student Health mission.
  • Serve as a campus expert regarding student well-being.
  • Promote collaborative climate that recognizes, celebrates, and rewards diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Universal Competencies:

The following universal competencies apply to all positions at the university. This position is expected to demonstrate an expert/leader proficiency (Seen as an expert and/or leader; guides, troubleshoots; has strategic focus; applies knowledge and skill across or in leading multiple projects/orgs; demonstrates knowledge of trends in field; leads in developing new processes.)

Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: (Expert/Leader) Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender.

Positive Impact/Achieving Results:  (Expert/Leader) Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (examples: MHA, Doctorate, MD) in a field related to clinical health services.
  • Progressive experience (typically 10 years) as a clinical-leader including design, development, and direction of health-related programs and services, responsibility for fiscal management, budget development, supervision of medical and non-medical staff members, training and performance
  • Knowledge of quality assessment and improvement and evidence-based practices in health care management, patient care, and prevention programs.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including ability to lead cross-disciplinary teams in a mission-centered environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as strong interest and skill in working with diverse populations.
  • Extensive knowledge and application of the communication techniques and relationship building skills that develop the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure as an MD or DO in the State of Iowa.
  • Experience in primary care, pediatrics, internal medicine or family medicine.
  • Experience in college health and understanding of college health models.
  • Experience in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Healthcare administration certification(s) such as Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Certified Medical Manager (CMM) or related.

Key Characteristics and Attributes of the Successful Candidate

  • Demonstrated commitment to a strong collaborative style and capacity to build bridges to departments, faculty, students, and the community to facilitate open discussions and joint ventures advancing a holistic approach to student health and student success.
  • A deep commitment to serving students and supporting their wellbeing—be a student advocate and champion of wellness education, prevention, and student success with a keen awareness of how Student Health fits into a larger wellness model.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and ability to develop and maintain inclusive environments; possess evidence of multicultural competency and commitment to diversity, specifically of having advanced diversity through hiring, mentoring, promoting, and retaining professionals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences and understanding of the influence cultural perspectives and experiences have on healthcare needs, expectations and utilization.
  • Visionary leader who has the ability to inspire and encourage staff, challenge the status quo, and create buy-in for departmental and university goals.
  • Ability to lead change and manage conflict.
  • Bring a full complement of personnel, budget, assessment, and resource management skills.
  • Serve as a strong advocate and public “face” for health services throughout the university, University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) and the community.
  • Demonstrate an ability to balance the clinical and administrative needs of the organization.
  • Adept at data collection, analysis, and data-driven decision making—and the systems and assessment measures that support these processes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and familiarity with, marketing and promotion of health care services to a student audience.
  • Be an individual of integrity and high ethical standards.
  • A dynamic leader that is a good listener, open-minded, team-oriented, and willing to advocate for staff, their programs, and needs.
  • An understanding and appreciation of public health, broad health and safety issues, response protocols, and coordination of services.

History of the Position

The past director retired from this position in March 2018 after serving in this capacity for almost seven years. While preparing for a national search, Sarah Hansen, the AVP with oversight of Student Health, worked with a slightly restructured leadership team to make positive changes to policies and practices. An acting medical director was named to support the provider staff and ensure their voices were included in all decisions. Hansen and the leadership team’s efforts have helped to maintain all services, enhance staff morale, and improve the overall effectiveness of the unit.

The Student Health staff, Division of Student Life, and UI campus community are eager to find a strong, collaborative leader to partner with the campus in innovative ways to holistically enrich student health and student success. The new director will find a strong foundation from which to build, an engaged staff and an extremely supportive community.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

In transitioning to UI, the director will encounter the following opportunities, priorities, and challenges, as shared by key University stakeholders:


  • Ensure a “students first” approach permeates the work of Student Health at all levels of the organization.
  • Create a strategic vision, mission and goals for Student Health with input from staff and key stakeholders.
  • Work to create an environment that embraces and accepts change through transparent communication and diplomacy.
  • Continue to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of Student Health including creating a culture that is safe, open and welcoming to all.
  • Educate the campus about Student Health and its services through well-crafted, consistent messages.
  • Evaluate the current business model and make appropriate changes to ensure success and sustainability.
  • Currently Student Health is in a location perceived to be far away for students. In the next few years, Student Health will be transitioning to a new space and the director will have a critical role in the design and function of this new space as well as shaping the new culture.




  • Work with the staff to appreciate what every individual contributes to the team and help everyone feel valued and empowered.
  • Explore creative ways for Student Health to be a true partner within Student Life encouraging staff to join committees and participate in division-wide projects and events.
  • Reinvigorate UI’s presence at American College Health Association (ACHA).
  • Assume an active role on the division’s leadership team engaging in conversations, remaining open to new ideas and partnerships.
  • UIHC (University of Iowa Health Care) has a large presence on campus as the academic medical center. The new director should explore opportunities to further partner with the UIHC to improve efficiencies and best meet students’ needs.

Measures of Success for the Position

Within a year of joining the University of Iowa, the following items will define success for the Director, Student Health:

  • The director is a valued member of the division and the broader UI community who is known and respected by students, staff and faculty.
  • Positive working relationships and strong partnerships with key internal colleagues, UIHC leadership, students and staff at Iowa have been established.
  • The new director has solid understanding of all departmental processes, structure and culture and is making continued positive changes within the culture.
  • A strategic vision for Student Health has been crafted that outlines direction for both the short and long term
  • Positive messages about Student Health have been shaped and are being consistently shared via social media platforms.
  • A plan is in place for new space for Student Health.
  • An initial assessment of the entire operation has been made and advocacy for resources or changes needed to address deficits and advance outcomes has been completed.
  • Student Health is a cohesive team that works together focused on student success and is infused with a sense of innovation and forward-thinking.

An Overview of Student Life

The Division of Student Life (DSL) has three priority areas: health and safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and student leadership development. In each of these areas, our staff members lead campus-wide, collaborative initiatives that are guided by assessment to measure outcomes and progress. These are critical areas of student development that the DSL’s departments are uniquely positioned to support. We are national leaders in several areas, such as high-impact student employment, anti-violence work, and harm reduction. Serving as the center of campus life for over 80 years, the DSL offers students a place to relax, workout, eat, study, enjoy entertainment, get a job, find leadership opportunities and more!

Health and Safety: We know that students may experience a variety of challenges during their college career. Student Care & Assistance is a central location that helps students be successful and continue towards graduation. Student Disability Services (SDS) strives to ensure a fair learning environment where students are able to succeed based on their own efforts. University Counseling Service (UCS) provides services that contribute to a safe, welcoming, and multiculturally aware campus community. Student Health and Student Wellness provide services and programs to ensure students are healthy and able to succeed within and outside the classroom.

Culture and Entertainment: Three cultural centers and a LGBTQ resource center, dozens of multicultural organizations, and entertainment opportunities help enrich and stretch the student experience.

Student Success: We ensure that every Hawkeye has access to the tools and connections they need to make their university experience unique and complete.

Recreation and Wellness: We offer a variety of programs for all ages. Take a look around and discover the exciting recreation opportunities at the University of Iowa.

Living on Campus: 95% of first-year students live with us on campus. Paired with our fantastic residence education staff, living on campus gives students an unparalleled opportunity to learn and grow while being closer to classes, libraries, restaurants, shops, and all they choose to do.

Get Involved: Book a lecture, plan a campus event, or start a new student organization. The DSL offers hundreds of opportunities to get involved, volunteer, develop skills, and make a difference.

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Institution & Location

About the University of Iowa

At the University of Iowa, we’re all creators. From tomorrow’s doctors and engineers, to poets and playwrights, to physicists and entrepreneurs, every single Hawkeye learns how to build their own path and bravely go wherever it leads.

In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the UI seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavors through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

UI carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences.

UI is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It’s home to one of the nation’s largest and most highly acclaimed academic medical centers, the pioneering Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and more than 200 different academic areas of study for students to explore.

Hawkeyes come from everywhere and all walks of life. They bring their passions and their perspectives with them, enriching our community and the world.

About Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City is recognized as a “Welcoming City” by Welcoming America, a national network that recognizes and supports locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly communities. About 14 percent of Iowa’s 30,000 students are minorities; about 11 percent are international students.

Iowa has been at the forefront of efforts to welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds. Now, a decade into the 21st Century and more than 150 years since its founding, the university, its students, and alumni continue to demonstrate a commitment to equality and diversity. Resources for diverse populations include cultural centers, student groups, and annual events that celebrate a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. The City of Iowa City is a member of Government Alliance for Race and Equity

(GARE), the national network of government agencies working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. The national organization, Campus Pride, gave the University of Iowa 4.5 out of 5 stars on its LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.

Iowa City Community

Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. by everyone from Outside
Magazine to the American Institute for Economic Research–and with good reason. It’s a community
that takes pride in openness, inclusion, and
safety. It’s a place where everyone’s welcome.
But it’s also a cultural hub, a gathering place
for artists of every medium, the home of
some of America’s most inventive minds, and
so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20
UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and
the only one in the U.S, establishing it as an
international destination for creative thinkers.
That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant
place that we love to call home.


In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

The University of Iowa carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences.


The University of Iowa has authored many great stories. Building on a remarkable legacy, the people of the UI are crafting new chapters of exploration, discovery, creation, and engagement.

Ours is a narrative of resilience that extends out from the heartland toward the future, inspired by a commitment to our state, nation, and global community. With a spirit of inclusiveness and collaboration, UI faculty, staff, and students pursue excellence guided by our institutional strengths and complexity. From the humanities to STEM fields and from the performing arts to professional schools and the medical complex, our collective will to excel, to create, and to heal motivates our work. Together, we unlock human potential and prepare citizens for the future. Our strategic plan establishes priorities for realizing our aspirations.

Outcomes & Impacts

Research Opportunities

The University of Iowa depends on robust and creative research efforts, as it is recognized among the top public research universities in the country. There is a wide variety of opportunities for involvement in research and creative work in every department or major on campus. Mentors help guide students toward possible career paths, and help to distinguish graduate students in pursuing their research efforts.

University Rankings & Points of Pride

Strategic Planning

For information about the Strategic Plan Process:


  • Research & Discovery: Perform high-impact research.
  • Student Success: Provide a transformative educational experience that educates all UI students to be engaged citizens.
  • Engagement: Engage with Iowa and the world to broaden education, improve health, and enhance economic development.


Bruce Harreld, President

Bruce Harreld became the 21st president of the University of Iowa on November 2, 2015. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

President Harreld served on the faculty of Harvard Business School from 2008–2014, with dual appointments to the entrepreneurial and strategy units. He was faculty chair of the Building New Businesses in Established Organizations program. As a faculty member, he taught in numerous executive programs in Cambridge, Qatar, Mumbai, and Shanghai. He also has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management, developing the first-ever MBA course on Strategic Use of Information Technology.

President Harreld has served in several corporate leadership positions. As senior vice president and division president of Kraft General Foods, he led the strategic unit that formulated strategy and executed acquisitions for this multibillion-dollar company. As president and board member of Boston Market Company, he, along with five other partners, led the organization from 20 stores in the Boston area to over 1,100 stores nationally. As senior vice president of IBM, President Harreld worked with the CEO and senior management team to chart the organization’s transformation from near bankruptcy, led the business transformation team that streamlined operations and reintegrated the global organization, and led the strategy unit that was responsible for the formulation and execution of the company’s overall strategy. President Harreld has also served as a consultant, advising public, private, and military organizations on leadership, organic growth, and strategic renewal, including serving as manager, vice president, and member of the board of the Boston Consulting Group.

President Harreld is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters in such journals and magazines as the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, and Financial Executive, and books and monographs such as Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Core Curriculum Strategy Reading: Executive Strategy (Harvard Business Publishing, 2014). He has also authored or coauthored several case studies for Harvard Business Publishing.

President Harreld has received several awards, including the Accenture Award for best business article of the year and the Distinguished Industrial Engineer and Distinguished Engineering Awards from Purdue University.

President Harreld is married to Mary Gillilan Harreld, an attorney. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Melissa Shivers, Vice President for Student Life

Melissa Shivers is the Vice President for Student Life at the University of Iowa. The Division of Student Life, comprised of 14 departments, 1,880 student employees and 598 full time staff and graduate assistants, fosters student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom. Melissa also currently serves as The University of Iowa’s Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which includes the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and the Diversity Resources Team.

She is a first-generation college student and graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Georgia Southern University, Master of Education from Clemson University, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Georgia. Prior to her arrival at the University of Iowa, Melissa served as the associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a role she held since June 2014. She previously served as the assistant vice chancellor for student life at the University of Tennessee, where she helped coordinate the university’s ambitious initiative to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, and oversaw strategic planning, assessment, accreditation, program reviews and annual reporting on behalf of the division of student life.

In her time at Iowa, Melissa has already become known as an approachable campus leader with a laser focus on student success and unwillingness to settle for the status quo. Students and staff alike seek her mentorship, and she has moved a number of key institutional initiatives forward in meaningful ways, including the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Institutional Plan, and charging a group with reimagining the future of the Greek System at Iowa. Melissa was named the Iowa City Press-Citizen Person of the Year for her courage in addressing safety issues within the fraternity and sorority community head on and she is a key advisor to President Harreld on issues of student success, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sarah Hansen, M.A., Associate Vice President, Student Life

Sarah Hansen is the Associate Vice President in the Division of Student Life at The University of Iowa. She leads Division and University-wide student success initiatives in three strategic focus areas: health, safety, and well-being, diversity/equity/inclusion, and student leadership development and supervises the directors of five units: Student Health, Student Wellness, Recreational Services, Rape Victim Advocacy Program and University Counseling Service.  Sarah coordinates the Student Success Team at Iowa, a grassroots organization of over 500 staff, faculty, and students responsible for significant changes in Iowa undergraduate student success over the past decade that has served as a model for other campuses.

Current campus-wide projects on which Sarah is the lead or member include the American Talent Initiative, UI Graduation Task Force, UI Path Forward Strategic Plan Student Success Work Group, and Division of Student Life Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan Development Group.  She was the first ever staff person at UI to co-chair the institutional strategic planning committee for the 2018-2021 UI Strategic Plan.

Sarah is the creator of the nationally recognized IOWA GROW® (Guided Reflection on Work) student employment intervention and has worked with over 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada, and abroad to adopt IOWA GROW® on their campuses.  She has presented at multiple national conferences on transforming student employment into a high-impact practice. Sarah and Beth Hoag co-authored a New Directions in Student Leadership chapter on “Student Employment and Internships as Preparation for Career-Related Leadership and Post-Graduate Life”. Sarah also has a chapter in an upcoming volume on “Using Reflection to Promote Career-Based Learning”.  IOWA GROW® has appeared in many publications including Felten and Schroeder’s The Undergraduate Experience, Kuh’s work on high-impact practices, The New Yorker, Inside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Sarah has collaborated with NASPA on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation investigation of high-impact student employment. She has frequently consulted about student success interventions with other institutions including University of Alabama, University of Illinois, Nebraska, and Baylor.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband of 31 years, Scott (they met when they lived in the same residence hall – a testament to the power of living-learning environments!), two kiddos, Evan (18) and Miles (15) and three ‘way-too-big’ dogs (Mastiff, St. Bernard, and Newfie). She has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 15 years, and loves yoga, nature walks, Disney, and movies. Her Gallup StrengthsFinder Top Five are: Relator, Strategic, Individualization, Positivity, and Maximizer.

The Academic Program

Iowa offers majors, minors, and certificates in more than 200 areas of study. Some of the most popular majors include business, engineering, biology, psychology, and English.

The University of Iowa’s 11 Colleges

The university carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges: the Colleges of Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate College; the Henry B. Tippie College of Business; and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

The Student Body

Student Enrollment Profile, Fall 2018

Undergraduate: 23,989

Graduate and Professional: 8,959

Total: 32,948

Student Demographics

Ethnicity/Count %

African American or Black: 974/3.0%

Alaskan Native or American Indian: 57/0.2%

Asian American: 1,452/4.4%

Hispanic or Latino(a): 2,256/6.8%

International: 3,056/9.3%

Two or More Races: 1,309/4.0%

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 24/0.1%

White or Unknown: 23,820/72.3%

Benefits Overview

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance
  • Partner/Spouse and/or Dependent Life
  • AD&D Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Care
  • Voluntary Insurances Program
  • Retirement Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account

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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicant credentials are subject to verification. Please click the Apply button for more information about this position and to apply on the University of Iowa website.

Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Iowa website at
Division of Student Life website at
Student Health website at

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.