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Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA) serves as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the College and is the architect of academic strategy, overseeing the entire academic enterprise for the institution.

With a focus on student success and program development, the SVPAA and CAO scope includes program review and improvement, accreditation and self-evaluation, assessment of student learning and advancement of student success, academic personnel decisions, budget development, enrollment management, fiscal accountability, program and curriculum development, and the encouragement and improvement of teaching and learning, both in-person and online. This position is an advocate for academic programs as the central aspect of the student experience. The SVPAA works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to design and implement diversity, equity and inclusion strategies in Academic Affairs.

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Position Description and Application Process

To assure the most favorable consideration, applications should be received by January 31, 2022, and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The SVPAA and CAO Search Committee will review applications and continue work until an appointment is made. Please direct questions to:


The College adheres to all the relevant requirements of the Ohio Public Records Laws. Every effort will be made to keep inquiries and applicant materials confidential, to the extent permissible by law.

Why Columbus State?

A National Leader

Of 1,200 American community colleges, Columbus State is the only institution in the nation to earn three key distinctions for its work to help students start strong, stay on course, and graduate with great outcomes.

Guided Pathways


Columbus State is one of 30 colleges selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to develop next-generation academic and career pathways designed to ensure gains in completion of both two and four-year degrees as well as greater marketability for graduates.

Achieving the Dream Leader College

Achieving the DreamIn 2019, Columbus State was one of only two institutions to received ATD's highest Honor, the Leah Meyer Austin award. Two hundred of the nation’s 1,200 community colleges are members of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) network. Columbus State is among an elite group of colleges to hold ATD Leader status.

The Right Signals Initiative

Right SignalsRight Signals, supported by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, has identified Columbus State as one of 20 colleges entrusted with developing a new credentialing model to more clearly articulate graduate credentials and capabilities to employers.

A Commitment to Affordability

Thanks to a low annual tuition and financial aid options, 76 percent of our students take on zero student loan debt. Many go on to one of our nine regional university partners who offer guaranteed admission and credit transfer to Columbus State graduates.

A Big City with Small-Town Approachability

  • 14th-largest city in the U.S., right behind San Francisco
  • Recipient of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $50M Smart City grant to develop intelligent transportation systems
  • Excellent public schools, 140 private secondary institutions, and 54 higher education campuses
  • Provides strong support for immigrants and refugees through the New Americans Initiative
  • Received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index in 2017 for its LGBTQ+-friendly policies
  • The Discovery District has great coffee shops, a brewery, and a gourmet market within walking distance of Columbus State
  • World-class arts organizations include BalletMet, Opera Columbus, and the Columbus Symphony
  • Award-winning library system with 23 branch locations


Visitors wander the galleries at the Columbus Museum of Art.

HIlls Market

The Hills Market is a locally owned specialty grocery store within walking distance of the Columbus Campus.

Columbus Clippers

Huntington Park in the Arena District is home to the Columbus Clippers baseball team.

Short North Arch

The Short North Arts District is a popular dining and entertainment destination.

Pride Parade

The Columbus Pride Parade draws roughly 500,000 attendees every year.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Columbus Metropolitan Library was named National Library of the Year in 2010.