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VP for Student Life Search

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Position Profile

Rockford University is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is the Senior Student Affairs Officer of the institution and is a member of the President’s Executive Council. The Vice President provides vision, leadership and management oversight to student life programs and services including, at present, Residential Life, Student Activities, Career Services, Title IX and Compliance, Judicial Affairs, Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, and Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling & Disability Services. The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students should be an exceptional student advocate, facilitate and enhance communication between students and administration; expand opportunities for social interaction and student development; and ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, city ordinances and Rockford University policies, while fostering a creative, vibrant, and inclusive student experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate directors within Student Life including, at present, Director of Residence Life/Assistant Dean of Students, Career Services Director, Director for the Jane Adams Center for Civic Engagement (open), Title IX and Compliance Officer (open), Director of Student Activities, and Director of Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling & Disability Services.  
  • Provide leadership and support to all professional, administrative, and student staff assigned to Student Life.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated student life program that is supported by a student life mission statement, department goals, and co-curricular learning goals.
  • Provide vision, leadership, and management oversight and evaluation for all student life programs and services.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with University-wide retention efforts.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with Behavioral Intervention Team.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with compliance to Title IX; depending on background and experience, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students may serve as the Title IX Officer.
  • Evaluate and advocate staffing needs.
  • Conduct regular meetings with student life directors as well as individual (area specific) meetings on a regular basis to provide support and keep an on-going pulse of projects, accomplishments, set backs, needs, and professional development.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to staff members.
  • Oversee all budgets within Student Life.
  • Provide articulation, advocacy, and problem resolution with students as they interact with each other, faculty, staff, the University, and the community.
  • Develop policies, programs, and services that minimize University liability in the areas of judicial affairs/student conduct, residence life, and campus activities.
  • Manage and maintain the Rockford University Student Handbook (convene regular reviews and recommend policy revisions to ensure that the University is in compliance with federal and state laws, city ordinances and legislation).
  • Oversee student discipline/adjudication and ensure that established judicial procedures are followed and due process is practiced. 
  • Appoint designated hearing officers and when necessary, advise hearing officers on questions and procedures.
  • Work closely with the Rockford University Chief of Police and Director of Residence Life to ensure consistency regarding policy implementation and enforcement. 
  • Work with the Emergency Response Committee to design and implement emergency protocols pertaining to campus life.
  • Respond to crisis situations/provide crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with the University administration for long range planning including space needs, budgets, capital expenses, and facilities related to student life as well as enrollment and retention goals.
  • Represent Student Life at the Board of Trustees meetings as well as the Student Life Committee of the Board.
  • Provide regular updates/reports at Faculty Meetings (both written and verbal); and written updates to President.
  • Coordinate and compile End of Year Reports for all areas within Student Life.  
  • Represent Student Life by being a contributing member on several University committees such as Academic Standards, Admission and Retention, Enrollment Management, Emergency Response Committee, Behavioral Intervention Team.
  • Represent Student Life (and student development) to the campus community.
  • Ensure proper advising to Student Government and to all Rockford University clubs & organizations.
  • Oversee use of the Student Center.
  • Coordinate administration of student awards.
  • Any other reasonable requests by supervisor/administration to ensure the effective and efficient operation of Rockford University.

The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students is expected to consult and use information from professional associations such as American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Supervisory Responsibilities:

In addition to direct reporting, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will indirectly supervise, Residence Hall Directors, graduate assistants, interns, and student workers employed within the student life arena. 

Job Requirements:

  • Experience – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students should have a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education, with a minimum of five years experience in residence life, judicial programs, and crisis management. A master’s degree is required in Higher Education, Counseling, Student Personnel Services, or similar field; and experience with, and an understanding of, best practices at a private, residential, liberal arts 4-year campus. Doctorate preferred.
  • Knowledge – Understanding of student development practice and theory. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Must have proven customer service orientation. Ability to multi-task and handle a fast paced environment is essential. Must be self-driven and a strong team player/leader. Finally, strong verbal and written communication skills are essential with a clear understanding of Title IX, FERPA, NCAA, federal and state laws, city ordinances, University policy and confidentiality.
  • Problem Solving – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students must be detail orientated and possess strong leadership, judgment, managerial, organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to evaluate situations and establish effective courses of action. (Emergency/Crisis and Discipline situations.)
  • Professionalism – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students must be committed to the highest standard of professionalism, integrity, excellence and diversity. 

Unusual Working Conditions

On-call to respond to emergency situations. Long weekdays and some weekends of work are required.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Rockford University

Rockford University is a co-educational four-year private institution located in Rockford, Illinois. Chartered in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary, the institution became Rockford College® in 1892 and became fully co-educational in 1958. On July 1, 2013 the college transitioned to Rockford University.

Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” the University currently serves approximately 1,300 full-and part-time students. The University is pleased to continue to grow its enrollment. Best known of the university’s graduates is Jane Addams (1881), founder of Chicago’s Hull-House and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1931). The University educates men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society.  The University has approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. At the graduate level, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education (MEd).

On October 8, 2015, the University proudly announced the public phase of its capital campaign, Rock Solid & Ready: The Campaign for Rockford University. Through this campaign, the University will raise $17.3 million to enhance our campus environment and the student experience.

More About Rockford, Ill.

Located in northern Illinois just 90 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Chicago, the City of Rockford is situated on a scenic riverfront and is home to 150,000 people who enjoy an urban atmosphere with the resources and benefits of a larger regional, combined statistical area of over 450,000. Known as the “City of Gardens,” Rockford has 7,000 acres of parks and public gardens. Within a few miles of the Rockford University campus, there are numerous restaurants, theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, museums, and galleries.

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Search Process and Timeline

Rockford University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt – Fennell.  Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to Rockford@hyatt-fennell.com. Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to MARCH 23, 2018 to receive full consideration.  All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Rockford University is an AA/EOE employer.

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Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Bernard (Bern) Sundstedt ’77, MFA, Chair


Released in 2014, our Regional Economic Impact Analysis quantified the added value Rockford University generates for our regional community. In total, Rockford University and our students generated an additional $118.1 million in income to the economy.

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Our graduate programs in business and in education offer a sound academic tradition which can be tailored to suit individual needs. Small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty provide our graduate students with a quality learning experience.

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Rockford, IL 61108

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Meet The Staff

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Meet Our Staff

Professional Staff


Scott MitchellScott Mitchell
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
M.S.W., University of North Dakota
B.A., Wartburg College
Phone:  815-226-4026
Fax:  815-394-3730
E-mail:  residencelife@rockford.edu

Scott Mitchell is the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and joined the Rockford University staff in September 2016.  Scott is originally from Nevada, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Arts in social work with a minor in psychology from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).  He holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in health from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).  Scott is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University (Lisle, IL).  

Scott brings over twenty years of professional experience in residence life and college student affairs to Rockford University.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, he began his professional career in residence life serving as a hall director and residence life coordinator at multiple institutions:  North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and the University of Northern Iowa.  Scott went on to serve as an Assistant Director of Education and Development at Missouri State University and most recently as the Director of Campus Student Affairs at Ashford University (Clinton, IA).  These positions also allowed the opportunity to gain experience in academic advising, as well as an instructor of Liberal Arts courses focusing on resident assistants and student development.

Scott is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); American College Personnel Association (ACPA); Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA); Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO); and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). 


John Nicholson
Residence Hall Director – Small Houses Complex
M.S.E., Fort Hays State University
B.S. Truman State University
Phone: 815-394-5028
Fax: 815-394-3730
Email: Jnicholson@rockford.edu

John Nicholson is the Residence Hall Director for the small houses, he joined the Rockford University staff in June of 2017. John is originally from Glenview, Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science in justice systems and a minor in economics from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). He also holds a Master of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS).

As a new professional John is actively engaged in multiple associations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA). John is a new member in Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO).


Molly HutchcroftMolly Hutchcroft
Residence Hall Director – Cummings Complex and Olson Hall
M.S.W., University of Denver
B.A. Psychology, DePaul University
Phone: 815-226-4094
Fax: 815-394-3730
Email: mhutchcroft@rockford.edu

Molly Hutchcroft is the Residence Hall Director for Cummings Complex and Olson Hall. She joined the Rockford University staff in August 2017 after graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration on mental health, from the University of Denver. Prior to living in Denver, CO, Molly lived in Chicago for four years while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at DePaul University. She is originally from Hiawatha, IA.

Working with many different populations over the past six years, Molly brings a new perspective to Rockford University. Molly began working with college students when she was at DePaul University by being a Resident Advisor and being on the executive board for Residence Hall Council. When she graduated and moved to Denver, she began working with children 5-17 years of age with behavioral and mental health concerns in a residential setting providing crisis response. She also worked with college students who had experienced interpersonal violence, brought in discussions about interpersonal violence into the classrooms, and assisted with many other events to bring awareness about interpersonal violence to the college environment. Molly has also worked with adults struggling with substance use and mental health. Molly is a recent member of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) and hopes to become a member of other Student Affairs organizations.

Resident Assistants

Barnes Hall


Academic Year: Junior 
Major: Anthropology & Sociology-Criminal Justice
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Caster Hall


Academic year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Dubuque, IA


Dayton Hall



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Ekvall Hall



Academic Year: 


Emerson Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: 2-D Fine Art
Hometown: Davis, IL


Lathrop Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Shreveport, LA


Olson Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Hometown: Pecatonica, IL


McPhail Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-vet
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM


Svenson Hall



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Talcott Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: History
Hometown: Rockford, IL

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Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Rock Solid Regent JhasmynJhasmyn O’Connor is our ROCK SOLID REGENT for the month of October! Jhasmyn is a junior double majoring in biochemistry and human development with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She was nominated by Dr. Gidget Tay and Dr. Bill Doria. Jhasmyn is known as a well-prepared and enthusiastic student. Her professors believe she is a great role model for younger students to emulate: involved in the community (both on and off campus), engaged in class, and a well-rounded, kind human-being.

Jhasmyn is involved in many aspects of the Rockford University Community. Jhasmyn is president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate (a club that she helped found), a member of Alpha Helix, and a member the Math Club. She works at Student Administrative Services, is an IT lab assistant, and does organic synthetic chemistry research on campus. Her other responsibilities include being a Campus Liaison to assist first-year students as well as an Advancement Ambassador. Jhasmyn’s plans after graduation are to attend a Graduate/Medical school to obtain her MD and PhD in Biochemistry. She truly is a Rock Solid Regent. Congratulations Jhasmyn!

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