Vice President Selected for Student Development York College – City University of New York

Dr. Geneva Walker-Johnson, currently Dean of Students at Old Dominion University has accepted York College’s offer to become our next Vice President for Student Development, effective September 8, 2011 and upon the approval of the Board of Trustees. A formal announcement and bio will be released once the appointment is finalized at the Board of Trustees level.


The Vice President for Student Development is responsible for College divisions and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet. He/she incorporates innovative practices for delivering on outcomes for student success using collaborative strategies between internal and external constituents to develop policies, programs and resources. He/she is a dynamic executive leader of a large team of managers and staff executing the mission of the division in support of the major college goals, as York continues its exciting growth captured in our slogan "On the Move."


The Vice President for Student Development (VPSD) reports directly to the President of the College, is a member of the President's Cabinet, and serves as an active participant in the College's strategic planning and decision-making activities. The VPSD will also have system-wide responsibilities on CUNY Student Affairs Councils and Committees. York College-CUNY, a Baccalaureate granting institution, offering one BS/MS program in Occupational Therapy, enrolls 7200 students representing a 25% growth over three years.  Students come from 124 countries and speak 84 languages. Fifteen percent are foreign students and 14% are first generation college students. Our 64 majors are located in three schools: Arts & Sciences; Business and Information Systems; Health and Behavioral Science. The College’s external academic partnerships include: the USFDA, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Queens High School for Science at York (housed on campus), and the York Early College Academy. We seek a seasoned Student Affairs officer with experience as a campus leader who will craft a vision for the Division of Student Development and execute this vision in is such a way as to yield quality, student-centered results. The VPSD will collaborate with the Provost to develop innovative approaches to student success. In partnership with other members of the campus community, the VPSD will create, enhance, coordinate, and assess all activities that impact student learning and success as students’ progress from enrolled students to alumni.

As the chief student affairs officer, the VPSD will provide dynamic and visionary leadership, strategic planning, support and evaluation to a comprehensive array of professionals, services and programs pertaining to retention, social development and academic success to an increasingly diverse student body, and support the leadership development of members of Student Government and numerous student clubs and organizations. The VPSD will be responsible for the following units and programs: First Year Experience (FYE) and Retention Programs; Athletics; Career Center; Student Activities; Student Government (SGA); Student Clubs and Organizations; Personal Counseling; Women's Center; Men's Center; Veterans' Center; Health Services; Child & Family Center; Students Rights & Responsibilities (Disciplinary Action); Educational Opportunity Center (EOC); York Enrichment Services (YES) ; Student Support Services (SSS) and Federal TRIO Programs; Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge Program (SEEK); Project JumpStart©. The Vice President for Student Development will have responsibility for overseeing an array of state and federally funded projects and centers, and manage and build a budget of up to $6M.

Additionally, the VPSD will supervise a large professional staff of administrators, faculty and counselors. A champion of student-centered decision making, the VPSD will take into account the variety of learning styles, cultures, and prior experiences of students and will support the intellectual and social growth of a diverse student population, The VPSD will ensure that institutional policies and practices provide fair and equitable treatment of all applicants and students, as well as ensure that all programs and services in the Division of Student Development comply with relevant state and federal laws, City University of New York regulations, and policies.


The preferred candidate will have an earned doctorate in higher education administration, student personnel, counseling, or an academic discipline, and at least ten (10) years of progressive management experience, six (6) of which should be as a top-level (Dean or higher) Student Development administrator in an institution of higher learning. The candidate must have:

  • Significant experience in managing a large professional and support staff and budgetary resources, and working knowledge of emerging technologies and how they impact students’ and administrative operations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success, and experience in building strong student relationships.
  • Experience working with a diverse student population.
  • Collaborative skills to work effectively with faculty, staff, senior administrators, students and the Central CUNY Office.

Excellent interpersonal skills are required with the ability to lead, supervise and motivate staff and students with an open, collegial, and consultative management style. Must be an excellent writer with experience in writing grants and proposals and the ability to analyze and use data that are meaningful for decision making.  The VPSD must have an understanding of student development specific technology in order to assess and improve systems and processes and to further advancement goals.

For additional information and the complete position description go to For questions and confidential inquiries, or if your wish to nominate candidates for this position, please contact Dr. Narcisa Polonio, Vice President of Education, Research and Board Leadership Services,, 202-276-1983 or John Steinecke, Board Services Specialist,,  202-775-4468.


Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2011 and the posting will close on April 1, 2011.


The City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer which complies with all applicable laws and regulations, and encourages inclusive excellence in its employment practices.