The Opportunity

Goucher College seeks a strategic, collaborative, and creative leader to serve as its next vice president, dean of students. This is an exceptional opportunity for a high-performing leader to join a new and evolving college leadership team, strengthen Goucher’s student affairs division, and enhance the visibility and capabilities of a premier institution.

Goucher serves approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students with 30 different majors, a 10-to-1 student-faculty ratio, and opportunities for students to compete in 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports. In addition, Goucher offers professional certificates in several areas, as well as a renowned post-baccalaureate pre-medical program. Goucher’s coursework reflects the core values of a liberal arts education: proficiency in English composition and languages, solid foundations in history, abstract reasoning, scientific discovery and experimentation, problem-solving, social structures, and environmental sustainability.

A highlight of Goucher’s unique liberal arts curriculum is the requirement that all undergraduates must study abroad at least once before graduation — the first college in the nation to make such a bold move in promoting the importance of a global education for today’s students. The 2019 edition of the Princeton Review ranked Goucher as the #1 “Best college for study abroad in America.” In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Goucher the 11th “Most Innovative School,” and one of the “best liberal arts colleges in the nation,” and in 2018 The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized Goucher as a top producer of Fulbright fellows. Goucher is also one of only 40 institutions profiled in Colleges That Change Lives because of its commitment to social justice.

The Position

Role of the Vice President, Dean of Students

Reporting to Goucher’s new president Kent Devereaux, the vice president, dean of students, is the chief student affairs officer of the college and provides executive leadership and vision for the division of student affairs. Student affairs is a large and functionally diverse division of the college that facilitates experiences and environments in which students can achieve their maximum potential through the provision and continuous improvement of student engagement opportunities and student support services.

The dean of students provides leadership for accessibility services; Bon Appétit dining services; chaplaincy/religious and spiritual life; diversity, equity, inclusion, and Title IX; intercollegiate athletics (NCAA Division III); new student programs; residential life; student conduct; student counseling; student engagement; student health; student support and outreach; and student wellness. The dean of students is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and enhancement of the overall student experience and advises the president and cabinet on matters concerning students.

As the chief advocate for students on the college’s senior leadership team, the dean of students ensures that the quality of the student experience remains central to all conversations and major decisions; fosters the ongoing development of a diverse residential community, in which all students are encouraged to be responsible facilitators and participants in a dynamic living and learning experience; and works closely with the provost to integrate the social and academic life of the campus.

Additional specific responsibilities of the vice president, dean of students include:

  • Leads student affairs-wide shared visioning and strategic planning efforts, ensuring alignment with college-level mission, vision and goals. Also facilitates student affairs-wide assessment, to ensure the monitoring of student learning, developmental outcomes and program review.
  • Develops and implements policies and programs to enhance the student experience, promote student success and persistence, address student behavior and advance an equitable campus climate.
  • Partners with the vice president for finance/administration in determining fiscal requirements, and serves as senior budget officer for student affairs, overseeing budget preparation and monitoring expenditure of allocated resources.
  • Partners with the vice president for campus operations on the planning, development and maintenance of student life-oriented spaces and facilities.
  • Partners with the director of campus safety regarding efforts to promote a safe and welcoming campus environment.
  • Collaborates in the development and administration of institutional research efforts, which provide information about student life, retention, success and other related topics.
  • Provides leadership and direction for the college’s crisis management efforts in consultation the president, campus safety, communications/marketing and other colleagues/departments.
  • Communicates frequently with students and families, both proactively and reactively, engaging in high-level resolution of student and family inquiries/concerns.
  • Provides overall direction for major campus events, such as commencement, awards convocation, new student convocation and opening celebration.
  • Decides upon final appeals of student conduct matters, and upon recommendation of the associate dean of students for student support and success, officially implements sanctions of suspension, expulsion and involuntary withdrawals.
  • Actively engages with students through involvement in various settings and activities, as a highly visible participant in the life of the college (e.g., the “mobile dean” initiative, etc.)
  • Represents the college and student affairs at events for prospective students/families, alumni and other stakeholder groups.
  • Provides education and counsel to the college community regarding current trends and major issues affecting students, at both the national and institutional level.
  • Represents the president to various internal and external stakeholders and undertakes special projects for the president as assigned.

History of the Position

Goucher’s current vice president and dean of students Bryan Coker will be leaving the College as of July 1, 2020, to become the 12th president of Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee.

Leadership Team

The vice president, dean of students is a member of the President’s Cabinet reporting directly to the president. This is an excellent opportunity for a high-performing leader to join a new and evolving college senior management team under the leadership of Goucher’s 12th president, Kent Devereaux. Prior to coming to Goucher College in July 2019, president Devereaux served as president of the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), professor and chair of the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts, and senior vice president, dean of curriculum at Kaplan University.

President Devereaux recently announced several new members of his cabinet, foremost among them, Dr. Elaine Meyer-Lee will join Goucher College in June as the next senior vice president and provost. Meyer-Lee currently serves as the associate vice president for global learning and leadership development and as a professor of psychology at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

Recently, president Devereaux also announced the appointment of Michele Y. Ewing as the college’s new vice president for advancement. Ewing will join Goucher and lead all development, fundraising and alumnae/i functions of the college, including completion of the College’s $100M [UNDAUNTED] capital campaign that just this month passed the $60M milestone. Ewing comes to Goucher after serving as the associate dean of development and external relations at Johns Hopkins University, where she led the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s $55 million capital campaign.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The Goucher student body is a growing, international community of scholars. A concerted effort to increase the diversity of the student body over the past decade has meant a sizeable increase in matriculation, and particularly the percentage of students from under-represented groups, including students of color, first-generation students, international students, and Pell grant recipients. Recruiting efforts have focused on diversifying the Goucher student body in multiple ways, from race and ethnicity, to first-generation status, to socioeconomic background. The 2018-2019 Goucher student body included individuals from 67 countries and 48 states, and 39.4 percent of undergraduate students and 17.9 percent of graduate students identified as students of color. Twenty-four percent of the incoming class was comprised of first-generation college students.

The recently completed first-year residential community created a “village” for 450 first-year students to live, work and socialize. First-year students live close to the center of campus, directly adjacent to the Decker Sports and Recreation Center and the new Mary Fisher Hall dining facility. The village is designed for interaction, with prominent communal areas for students to come together to cook, share and learn. The new village has already created a sense of excitement among prospective students and has been proven to help prepare residents for success when they arrive on campus.

The vice president, dean of students, will also encounter the following opportunities, priorities and challenges, as shared by college stakeholders.

  • The dean of students must stay attuned to evolving student needs and interests and support the division’s ability to be innovative and creative in its programming, services and support to students and student organizations.
  • Bring innovative thinking and creative solutions at a challenging time for private higher education.
  • Develop and support strong town/gown relationships through active participation in the community to build positive lines of communication, shared objectives and efforts to enhance student success.
  • Ensure ongoing efforts directed at creating an inclusive, friendly and supportive environment for all students as the college becomes increasingly diverse with regard to socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds of domestic and international students, and that diversity and inclusion are reflected in the division’s structure and initiatives.
  • The college is moving from a current international enrollment of three percent to 15 percent. The dean of students will need to deeply understand how to build a globally diverse community. The core of Goucher is providing wide access to a high-quality education.
  • Serve as a champion and advocate for the division, delivering a clear message that reinforces the value of student affairs staff and the contributions they make each day to support student success and the mission of the institution.
  • Building on previous successes in the division, the successful candidate will also evaluate the current mix of student services, initiatives and activities, and make recommendations for enrichment or improvement.
  • Must actively engage students in a holistic manner, be highly visible throughout the campus, and be regarded as a role model for students, exemplifying what it means to be fully engaged with a passionate, activist student population.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Goucher College, a number of accomplishments will initially define success for the new vice president, dean of students.

  • The dean of students will have reviewed organizational strengths and weaknesses and will have outlined the strategic direction and long-term plan for the division of student affairs consistent with the college’s mission and goals.
  • It will be important for the dean of students to assess the skills and knowledge of the staff, develop a strong sense of teamwork among staff, and build working relationships that emphasize an engaging and collaborative work environment.
  • The dean of students will maintain a proactive, highly visible, well-respected and established leadership presence on and off campus that is credible, collegial and highly effective.
  • The student affairs division will be defined as a strong, highly functioning, well-regarded and resilient team that works with synergy and shared purpose, readily collaborating across departmental and division lines with a demonstrated commitment to student success.

Qualifications and Characteristics

A master’s degree and substantial administrative experience in higher education administration, with most of the experience within college student affairs, are required. A terminal degree is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will possess experience managing a large staff and complex budgets; a proven track record of providing strong leadership in response to student and parent issues, concerns and crisis matters; a demonstrated commitment to – and experience with – matters of diversity, equity and inclusion; an understanding of critical race theory, as applied to higher education; and a deep understanding of college student development theory and best practices in student affairs. The successful candidate will also possess experience and engagement with intercollegiate athletics and experience in data-driven assessment and outcomes measurements, with demonstrated knowledge of student learning outcomes in student affairs programs.

Additionally, stakeholders identified a number of characteristics as important attributes of the vice president, dean of students:

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills, with the ability to successfully navigate a variety of constituent relationships.
  • Demonstrated affinity and advocacy for the residential, small, liberal arts college experience.
  • Experience and engagement with intercollegiate athletics, with Division III level experience strongly preferred.
  • Evidence of success in facilitating efforts promoting student success and retention.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive relationships with the president’s cabinetsenior academic leaders, faculty, students, parents, alumni, board of trustees and other constituents important to the success of the college.
  • A creative, progressive, energized leader with a strong student-oriented focus.
  • Strong understanding of contemporary student issues and values, and the ability to develop a natural rapport with students and student leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate partnerships among academic programs and other divisions of the university.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with an inclusive and collaborative approach to managing change.
  • The ability to remain calm in crisis situations, to act decisively and to apply sound judgment in determining appropriate action regarding interventions, assistance and the referral of students to other college staff members.
  • Professional demeanor, good sense of humor, highly organized and disciplined, and the ability to relate easily to a wide range of groups.
  • A good listener who can synthesize information, get others on board and articulately explain divisional goals and initiatives to individuals outside of the division and institution.
  • Leadership, flexibility, efficiency, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines for a wide variety of assignments.
  • Proven ability to recruit, retain and motivate high-performing team members with a demonstrated commitment to support the professional development of staff members, set clear performance expectations, provide constructive feedback and make timely, transparent decisions.

Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

The vice president and dean of students provides leadership for the division of student affairs, which enriches and supports campus life through programs and services including: athletics; the center for race, equity, and identity; the chaplaincy; campus safety; residential life; student conduct; student counseling; student health; and student engagement. The division facilitates a supportive and inclusive campus environment for living and learning. Every Goucher student follows a unique path, socially and academically, and student affairs works to support students every step of the way.

At Goucher College, learning happens everywhere, and student affairs strives to create transformative learning experiences on and beyond campus. Through collaborations with faculty, staff and students, division members provide students with engaging, supportive and challenging experiences that promote student learning and holistic development. At the core of all its endeavors is the division’s commitment to Goucher’s community principles of respect, inclusion, communication, community service/social justice and responsibility.

Senior Leadership

Stacy Cooper Patterson Associate Dean of Students for Community Life

Stacy Patterson began her tenure at Goucher in 2001 as director of residence life and judicial affairs and has succeeded through progressively responsible positions. As a member of the student affairs leadership team, Patterson supervises four direct reports, five indirect reports, and one shared report; oversees a combined $500K+ operational budget and $9.5M in housing revenues; and collaborates with staff within and outside the division on programs and activities sponsored by the offices of new student programs, residential life and student engagement. Patterson received her bachelor’s in psychology from Ohio University and a master’s in counseling in higher education from Western Michigan University.

Andrew Wu Associate Dean of Students, Director of Athletics

Andrew Wu arrived at Goucher as the assistant dean for students in 2013 and was later promoted to associate dean of students before assuming the interim director of athletics role. As assistant and then associate dean, Wu coordinated the student conduct process, heard Title IX cases and provided leadership for areas including student counseling, student health and student support and outreach. Wu was instrumental in the recent establishment of the new wellness unit in student affairs, providing students with new recreation opportunities, as well as a more holistic and integrated approach to overall student health. Prior to Goucher, Wu worked in student affairs at Bennington College, where he established its first athletics and recreation department. Wu received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and master’s degree in sport administration from McDaniel College, an MBA from Mount St. Mary’s and his doctorate in education from Northeastern University.

Nicole J. Johnson —    Associate Dean of Students for Student Support and Success

Nicole Johnson joined Goucher in 2018 as assistant dean of students for race, equity and identity; her success in the role and contributions to the College led to Johnson’s promotion to associate dean. Prior to her arrival, Johnson served as assistant dean of students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, interim assistant dean of students and director of student engagement at Elizabeth City State University and community development associate for the Black Cultural Center at Virginia Tech. Johnson received her bachelor of arts in African American/black studies from the University of Iowa, an MS in college student counseling and personnel services from Arkansas Tech University, and is a doctoral candidate in higher education/higher education administration at Virginia Tech.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Student Affairs

Institution & Location

Institution: An Overview

The Reverend John Franklin Goucher and his wife Mary Fisher Goucher had a dream of equity, innovation and excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, which Goucher College has continued since 1885. Originally named the Woman’s College of Baltimore, the college was renamed after its founder in 1910. It was first located in downtown Baltimore, on land deeded by Reverend Goucher to the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. By the early 1920s, the college’s trustees had decided to move the campus from the increasingly congested city to a newly purchased tract in Towson, eight miles north of the city. The Depression and the advent of World War II postponed construction of the new campus, so it was not until 1953 that the move to the current campus was complete. Goucher became coeducational in 1986.

Early in its history, Goucher was recognized for innovation, excellence, and commitment to equity. It was the first women’s college south of the Mason-Dixon line to receive accreditation and the second college in Maryland with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Over the years, Goucher was among the first colleges in the nation to offer groundbreaking new initiatives such as independent study, field work, early admissions, accelerated college programs, individualized majors and a study abroad requirement. In Fall 2006, Goucher became the first liberal arts college in the nation to require all undergraduates to study abroad at least once before graduation, and in 2019 Goucher was ranked the best college for study abroad.

Goucher provides students with a broad-based education and helps them develop skills to become lifelong learners. Students learn how to think creatively and critically, how to process new information and experiences, and how to use these skills to solve complex problems through collaboration with people whose views are different from their own. These skills also prepare students for the jobs of the future.

Goucher also recognizes athletics as an immense learning and growth opportunity for student-athletes, constituting a vital part of their overall educational experiences. A member of the NCAA Division III and the Landmark Conference, Goucher sponsors intercollegiate teams in basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball. The college also offers one of the region’s top coed equestrian teams and a variety of intramural sports. In Fall 2017, Goucher added men’s and women’s golf, raising their total of intercollegiate sports to 21. In the last 10 years, Goucher’s Gophers have either won or competed in the conference championship for men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and women’s tennis, as well as multiple equestrian national championships. Goucher student athletes routinely earn prestigious awards for their combined athletic and academic achievements.

Mission, Principles, and Values


“Goucher College is dedicated to a liberal arts education that prepares students within a broad, humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking.”


“Goucher College aspires to become the model for an accessible and transformational education that integrates curricular and co-curricular learning. From this process, graduates are prepared to define and solve complex problems in collaboration with people whose views are different from their own and live fully engaged lives in a rapidly changing world.”

Academic Programs and Faculty

Goucher’s vision of transcending boundaries is rooted in the belief that in the future, every academic inquiry and intellectual endeavor must have a global context. Goucher’s study abroad initiative is a crucial part of realizing that vision. A Goucher education broadens perspectives in all areas of study, engaging in heightened, intensified discourse that emphasizes international citizenry and intercultural perspectives. The college community encourages intellectual and imaginative efforts that transcend boundaries not only between disciplines, but also among individuals, cultures and nations worldwide.

Goucher College is committed as well to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff and student body. Through an expanded consciousness of what diversity means and how it may be attained, the community works toward an environment of inclusiveness and mutual respect, emphasizing the discussion and critical evaluation of every point of view in order to reach a balanced understanding of the common challenges individuals face. In order to sustain, invigorate, and expand the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the campus community, Goucher draws on the resources and experience of its vital extended community, including its more than 22,000 valued alumnae/i.

Goucher provides a diverse array of educational opportunities. For undergraduates, the college offers 27 majors and gives students the option of designing their own majors. Through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program, Goucher students can take courses offered by other colleges in the fall or spring semester. Since 1990, the college has added graduate programs, and now the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies offers master’s degrees in traditional, hybrid and online formats in the following areas: arts administration, cultural sustainability, digital arts, education, historic preservation and nonfiction, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates for professional development. The Welch Center also offers a bachelor’s degree in professional studies for certain community college degrees as a pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree. Goucher education integrates thought and action, combining a strong liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning in the world beyond the campus. Classes are small and students receive close, personal attention from skilled faculty. Off-campus experiences are an essential component of a Goucher education. Students take part in internships and study abroad, as well as conduct independent research and study off campus.

Goucher’s 287-acre wooded campus is home to impressive facilities in technology, the sciences and the arts. Goucher was one of the first colleges in the nation to introduce computer courses as part of the undergraduate curriculum and to require computer literacy of all graduates. The college’s network of technology resources include a scientific visualization laboratory, a computer music studio, a technology learning center and a state-of-the-art digital language lab. Students in the sciences benefit from well-equipped teaching laboratories and research space, an observatory, a greenhouse and sophisticated instrumentation such as the high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer in the Hoffberger Science Building. The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Arts Center includes a modern theater and studio art facilities. The 1,000-seat Kraushaar Auditorium, Mildred Dunnock Theatre and Todd Dance Studio provide both practice and performance spaces, with multiple private practice rooms across campus. For students in the social sciences, the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center offers a chance to participate in the highly regarded Goucher College Poll, along with numerous other programs with federal, state and local officials.

Education at Goucher is based on an expanding sense of community: a community where discourse is valued and practiced; where students attend small classes and interact closely with faculty and one another; and where students can participate in and lead extracurricular programs. The college’s principal objectives are to help each student master significant areas of knowledge and skills while developing an appreciation for individual and cultural diversity, a sense of social responsibility and a system of personal and professional ethics.

About Baltimore & Baltimore County, Maryland

With a population of about 622,000 (and a greater metropolitan area of 6.7 million), Baltimore is Maryland’s largest city and economic center, and constitutes the northeastern hub of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Goucher College is one of more than 20 colleges and universities (and more than 100,000 students) in the Baltimore area, a lively academic community that sponsor events and programs throughout the year. Add to these pleasures the world-class museums, thriving arts and culture districts, history, nightlife, music and more, and it is no wonder Baltimore is the urban jewel of Chesapeake Bay.

Located in the heart of Maryland, Baltimore County is a vibrant, diverse community that truly offers something for everyone. The area is home to historic neighborhoods, 21,000 equine-related acres, more than 200 miles of beautiful waterfront along the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, six family-owned wineries along the Piedmont Trail and six local craft breweries. Only a short drive from Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and just an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore County offers accommodations, activities, shopping and dining to fit every taste.

Benefits Overview

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Holiday and Health Leave Benefits
  • Tuition Remission/Undergraduate Programs
  • Additional Benefits

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.

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