Search for Transylvania vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university announced

A national search to select Transylvania’s next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university is underway. The selectee will serve on the president’s executive cabinet and play a key role in leading the faculty and community in concert with the university’s new strategic plan. The position also provides vision and direction for enhancing student success, academic programs and curricular innovation.

“An ideal candidate is someone committed to advancing Transylvania’s modern liberal education mission,” said Michael Cairo, who upon completion of his interim appointment will return to the university’s faculty.

“It has been an honor to serve as the vice president of academic affairs and dean of the university for one of the nation’s top 75 liberal arts colleges and the nation’s 16th oldest university. Transylvania offers a tremendous opportunity for an innovative educator, scholar and administrator,” Cairo added.

The vice president and dean oversees Transylvania’s four academic divisions, library, study abroad program, writing center, first-year academic experience, registrar and career development office.

The position announcement is posted on Transylvania’s website and will be distributed nationally via major higher education publications. Applications are requested by Jan. 31, 2020; however, resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The search committee is led by Sarah Bray, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of biology. Members include:

  • Susan Brown, director of the Transylvania library
  • Rhyan Conyers, vice president for institutional effectiveness
  • Liz Corsun, associate professor of English
  • Iva Katzarska-Miller, associate professor of psychology
  • Greg Partain, professor of music
  • Belinda Sly, associate professor of biology
  • Alison Begor, director of human resources, ex officio