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Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian

Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Job Location: New Jersey Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 02-18-2022

An invitation to apply for the position of

Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian (VPUL)

  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, seeks an experienced and committed library professional to serve as its Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian (VPUL). This is an exceptional opportunity to lead an academic research library with an extensive history, a strong commitment to service excellence, and an exciting future. The Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) includes 26 constituent libraries, centers, and reading rooms located on the University's four campuses across three cities in New Jersey: New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, and serves two medical schools and the only dental school in New Jersey. RUL is home to 5.7 million volumes (print and electronic) as well as the renowned Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA), the largest and most comprehensive New Jersey history archives, including the historical record of Rutgers University. RUL’s broad assets also include the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), the world’s leading jazz archive, and the Special Collections in the History of Medicine. In addition, RUL offers a host of resources, services, and programs that support teaching, learning, and discovery by Rutgers faculty, students, and staff, and that are enabled by more than 200 dedicated library personnel (73 faculty and 137 staff). 

Founded as the eighth oldest college in the United States, Rutgers has a rich history. Established in 1766 as Queen's College, Rutgers is one of only nine U.S. institutions of higher education chartered before the American Revolution. Today, Rutgers, in the aggregate, is a research powerhouse, the top public university in New Jersey, a member of the Association of American Universities, and among the most diverse institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Rutgers is composed of four chancellor-led units: Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the state land-grant institution and its largest campus, with multiple highly-ranked schools, departments, and doctoral programs; Rutgers University–Newark, a diverse urban campus and anchor institution in its host city with a nationally-leading commitment to community engagement; Rutgers University–Camden, noted for its close-knit and collaborative intellectual environment and distinctive cross-disciplinary doctoral programs; and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), the University’s academic health center and home to one of the country’s leading cancer institutes. Together, the four campuses present rich and complementary opportunities for learning, discovery, and work to advance the public good. 

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and serving as a key member of the academic leadership team, the VPUL will join Rutgers at a propitious moment. In July 2020, Jonathan Holloway began serving as the University's 21st president, and in October 2020 Prabhas V. Moghe joined Dr. Holloway's leadership team as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. This is a time of enormous energy and anticipation, across the University and in the Rutgers University Libraries (RUL). The VPUL will be a collaborative intellectual leader and a thought partner with the vision and heart to strengthen and champion RUL's identity, organization, and culture. An unwavering and demonstrated commitment to furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is an absolute requisite, as is a passion for the mission and academic aspirations of Rutgers University. A search advisory committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, the national executive recruiting firm, has been retained to support the committee.  

Questions, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically and in confidence to: 

Anita Tien, Partner

Ryan Leichenauer, Managing Associate

Rachel Brown, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military status or any other category protected by law. As an institution, Rutgers values diversity of background and opinion, and prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.

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