As the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost reports directly to the President, serves on the President’s Cabinet, and chairs the Deans’ Council. The Provost is responsible for providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for the Division of Academic Affairs. The Provost provides overall leadership and general administrative responsibility for the University’s academic programs and related support services in support of the University mission and vision. This work includes faculty development, promotion and tenure processes, sabbatical leaves, research, curricular planning and assessment, and academic budgeting.
The Provost works with the Deans’ Council, Faculty Senate, faculty committees, Academic Affairs staff, the President’s Cabinet and senior members of the University, to develop and advance the institution’s academic priorities, align them with the University’s Strategic Directions, and oversee their implementation. The Provost is a critical member of the President’s Cabinet and university representative for both internal and external audiences, including PASSHE task forces and committees.
The Provost will nurture the academic mission and strengths of Millersville University, supporting a dedicated faculty and staff in ongoing efforts to enhance the reputation of the university and to attract and retain a talented and diverse range of students.
Beyond the day-to-day management of a complex academic enterprise, Millersville’s next Provost will be encouraged to place particular emphasis on several strategic imperatives that will continue to strengthen the university and add value to its students, faculty, staff, and community. The Provost will have an opportunity to partner with President Wubah in taking Millersville University to greater levels of excellence and impact on the region and within the Commonwealth.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applications should be received as soon as possible and no later than December 4, 2020 to ensure fullest consideration. Interested individuals should submit, as two separate documents, a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that addresses the themes, responsibilities and requirements described in the full Leadership Profile, available www.wittkieffer.com.
Academic Credentials Earned terminal degree and a record of teaching and scholarly accomplishment sufficient to merit a tenured appointment at Millersville University.
Executive Leadership Successful record of academic leadership at the dean, associate provost, or provost level, working in close partnership with other senior institutional leaders; a record of leading with integrity, and serving as a strong, visible, and engaged leader to inspire the community and build consensus around an innovative vision for the academic enterprise. Proven ability to lead in a manner that is transparent, inclusive, and reinforces accountability; articulates decisions in a clear, timely, and compelling way; and effectively represents and acts as a spokesperson for the university.
Academic Leadership Ability to articulate, implement, evaluate and revise short and long term goals and plans for academic affairs – including academic program priorities and policies, academic program review, academic support services, faculty development, curricular planning, and faculty performance review. Skill in recruiting, retaining and evaluating the performance of deans and academic administrators; ability to promote excellence and achieve expected results. Ability to stimulate faculty achievement in teaching, research, scholarship and creative activities and professional development for administrators and staff.
DEI Commitment Demonstrated commitment to the recruitment and retainment of diversity among faculty, staff, students, and administrators, ensuring the campus community is welcoming to those of all races, religions, social-economic backgrounds, gender identities, abilities and sexual orientations. Demonstrated ability to facilitate and engage in difficult dialogues on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics that impact faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds. Successful track record of recruiting, mentoring, and retaining strong diverse leaders, and supporting their professional development to create successful leadership teams.
Academic Innovation Successful record of building new and innovative programs, colleges, and/or schools; aligning academic programs with regional, national and global workforce needs; and cultivating interdisciplinary engagement in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Ability to identify and pursue opportunities to enhance the University’s financial resources through grant, programmatic, research, philanthropic and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Financial Management Demonstrated ability to successfully manage academic budgets and make strategic decisions in the face of competing priorities and resource constraints. Proven ability to ensure transparency around the generation and allocation of resources, as well as an appreciation for new and emerging budget models.
Relationship Building Proven ability to create and grow collaborative relationships with the president and other senior leaders, faculty, and staff. Skill in articulating vision and providing guidance to deans, associate provosts, and assistant vice presidents as well as Provost’s Office staff. Proactively engaged in working collaboratively across the university to address student needs and continually improving processes that increase student success.
Community Engagement Success at developing external partnerships with a focus on building strategies that align with the University’s strategic direction and priorities. Ability and commitment to maintaining the University’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Ability to champion and enhance the visibility and reputation of the University through outreach to community, state and national organizations, businesses and other groups.
Strategic Planning Demonstrated ability to develop and implement academic and university-wide strategic plans, with a focus on addressing big picture and long term challenges and opportunities. Demonstrated ability to coordinate and engage in authentic and meaningful stakeholder consultation, and to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and administration on implementation and progress assessment.
Shared Governance Capable of managing the provisions of the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, and working with faculty union leadership to constantly enhance the teaching, learning, research, service and outreach climate. Experience with shared governance in a collective bargaining environment and experience serving in a leadership position within public higher education are preferred.
A successful interview and three successful background checks.
Internal Number: P00701
About Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University is a top-ranked university in the North, with more than 100programs, some of which are uniquely distinctive to the region and nation. We have a strong academic history guided by industry-leading professors. Our faculty members are recognized to be fiercely passionate about their students’ overall success. Our student body is rich in diversity and is known to be enthusiastically driven towards excellence while being socially conscious. Our beautiful 250-acre campus contains classic architecture, mixed with state-of-the-art, energy-saving structures and a historic pond with two resident swans. Access to extraordinary faculty, a historical campus setting and an extremely high job-placement rating are the reasons our alumni rate us as a smart life choice.