University of Minnesota Rochester- Search for the Next Vice Chancellor!

Authored By: wells438 11/03/2022
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About the Job

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) seeks a visionary, strategic and innovative leader to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation. The vice chancellor will join UMR at an exciting time, working to drive practices that fuel equitable student success and to implement strategies that contribute to the progress, growth, and vision of this distinctive health-focused innovation campus and its faculty. Working in concert with the UMR community, the vice chancellor is charged with strengthening the academic enterprise by supporting faculty scholarship and development, promoting excellent teaching and inclusive pedagogy, and inspiring curricular innovation. The vice chancellor will model and compel UMR’s grounding values of respect, community, evidence-based decision-making, diversity and inclusion, and human potential. This new leader will operate in a collaborative environment as a listener, learner, strategist, and activator.

The University of Minnesota Rochester is one of five campuses in the University of Minnesota System and its only exclusively health-focused campus. Opening its doors in 2009 in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, UMR encompasses the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of 1,000 undergraduate students, 99 full- and part-time faculty and staff, and 1,200 alumni. A flourishing, young campus community, with partnerships with the nearby and world-renowned Mayo Clinic, UMR is distinguished by its Vision to inspire transformation in higher education through innovations that empower its graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.

UMR’s next vice chancellor will seize on this distinction, champion its advantages and growth potential, and lead the campus community in advancing an academic vision that honors the University’s values and aspirations and looks boldly to the future. The chancellor and the entire UMR community of faculty, staff, and students seek an experienced leader who is passionate about student learning, academic innovation, equity, and well-being in higher education. The vice chancellor for academic affairs and innovation reports directly to the chancellor and is the chief academic officer of the university. This role provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced academic innovation leader to engage in a culture of creativity and collaboration, serving as a catalyst and supporter of faculty research on learning as well as evidence-based pedagogy and curricular design. At the same time, the growth of the campus provides this leader with the opportunity to strengthen support and organizational structures for faculty research, grant attainment, and evidence-based teaching while also exploring new programs aligned with healthcare industry needs that can be designed to decrease student costs while increasing student success.

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The University of Minnesota Rochester seeks an experienced academic administrator to continue to support the University’s deep belief in the transformative power of higher education as its next vice chancellor. A terminal degree is required, along with a distinguished record of academic achievement, innovation in teaching and learning, and a collaborative and transparent interpersonal style that fosters trust, empowerment, and shared governance.


At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

    • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
    • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
    • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
    • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
    • University HSA contributions
    • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
    • Employee wellbeing program
    • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
    • Financial counseling services 
    • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

    Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

    How To Apply

    A search committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in the recruitment of the next Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation. Applications, nominations, and inquiries can be directed in confidence to:

    Pam Pezzoli, Partner
    Katie White, Associate
    Isaacson, Miller 


    The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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