0025 Provost


TITLE Provost


GRADE Unclassified




The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and provides primary administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for faculty affairs. The Provost works in collaboration with the Executive Vice President. Together they provide primary administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities of the University.

The Provost oversees centers, offices, and operations as assigned by the President, including:


Education: An earned terminal degree is required.

Experience: Academic credentials consistent with the rank of professor, as demonstrated by a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly publications, and/or creative accomplishments that exhibit commitment to academic excellence is required. A history of progressively responsible, successful experience as an academic administrator at the Dean level or above involving both graduate and undergraduate programs, including responsibility for budget, personnel recruitment, and evaluation is required. Experience in strategic planning, assessment of program effectiveness, and development of policy to enhance academic units within the University and with national accrediting bodies is required. A demonstrated commitment to the promotion of diversity is required. Successful experience in university advancement and fundraising is required. Experience in developing and/or securing extramural grant and contract funding is required.

Skills: An appreciation of shared governance and evidence of strong abilities to work effectively and collaboratively with University administration, faculty, students, staff, and other constituent groups and partners, both within and outside the University is required. Strong oral and written communication skills are required; excellent interpersonal skills are required. An understanding of emerging technologies and the effective application of instructional technologies to enhance student learning is required. An understanding of contemporary issues in higher education is required. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development of faculty and academic administrators is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. In partnership with the Executive Vice President, fosters intellectual growth, student learning, and scholarly and creative activities by providing academic strategic planning, administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs at the University, providing leadership in internationalizing the campus and advancing multidisciplinary scholarship, and providing leadership and guidance on diversity initiatives for faculty, staff, and students.

2. Ensures an active and expanding dialogue with external constituencies by encouraging partnerships with external constituents and public organizations, engaging in effective university advancement (including alumni affairs, fundraising, and advocacy on behalf of the institution), and facilitating the Public Affairs mission of the University.

3. Implements the strategic academic vision by authorizing faculty appointments, recommending all promotions and tenure decisions to the President, working closely with the Executive Vice President in implementing and evaluating major academic, student support, recruitment, retention, enrollment management, and research initiatives of the University, working with the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Student Affairs in addressing the educational support needs and extra-curricular priorities for students, and with the other Vice Presidents and senior leadership of the University in coordinating and overseeing the overall mission of the University.

4. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

5. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.

6. Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing all other duties as needed.


The Provost is supervised by the President and supervises deans and certain academic and non-academic administrators and professional and support staff.