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Morehead State University

National Search for the Position of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Morehead State University (MSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to begin July 1, 2020. MSU is located in Morehead, Kentucky an hour east of Lexington, Kentucky, a major city within the Commonwealth. The University has been recognized in U.S. News and World Report, and the community boasts one of the top public school systems and hospitals within the region. The University has approximately 10,200 students and serves as a public regional comprehensive institution to a 22 county area and beyond. This position replaces Provost Dr. Bob Albert, who is retiring June 30, 2020.
The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the University and provides leadership to the University in its quest to increase its standing as a public regional university in the South. The Provost works with the senior leadership team in its desire to create a 21st century University with a clear focus on student success through academic excellence, strong institutional partnerships, scholarship and research, meaningful service to the region, and effective resource utilization.
The position reports to the President of the University, Dr. Joseph Morgan, who was installed as President July 1, 2017, and the Provost serves in the absence of the President. Positions directly reporting to the Provost include the college and library deans, the associate/assistant provosts for undergraduate education/student success, research/graduate programs, regional education and outreach, and various programmatic and academy directors.
The successful candidate serves as the University’s academic liaison with a number of internal and external groups on academic policies and issues, including the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, discipline-specific accreditation agencies, community colleges, and K-12 systems within Kentucky.
The successful candidate will also seek to build partnerships and provide leadership and direction for the delivery of academic programs and services throughout the region in support of the University’s mission, vigorously promote faculty scholarship, research, and creative activity, and seeks external funds to accomplish strategic objectives. The Provost also provides leadership for quality instruction at all levels, and for diversified instructional styles and modes of delivery emphasizing the use of technology to enhance online instruction. He/she will also provide leadership in policy development and direction for academic planning in support of the new University Strategic Plan, ensures quality of undergraduate and graduate programs through documented analysis of student outcome assessments, leads the University in its commitment to cultural diversity, equal opportunity and affirmative action, and ensures effective communication with faculty and staff.
Qualifications include an earned doctorate from an accredited institution along with exemplary academic credentials that engender respect from the academy and the community at large which allow for appointment as a tenured member of the faculty. Academic administrative leadership experience within a comprehensive institution of higher learning similar to MSU at the dean level or above encompassing budget and personnel management, experience with discipline-specific accreditations, experience working with a variety of instructional modes, and experience in leading a broad array of academic initiatives, including program and curriculum development. A strong personal commitment to academic quality within the faculty by way of promoting distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service. Demonstrated ability to foster an environment that attracts, retains, and engages faculty and staff of the highest quality. Ability to effectively manage resources in support of academic excellence and an appreciation of and commitment to diversity and shared governance. Proven experience in managing and integrating academic budgets with long-range strategic planning goals in an academic setting.
Preferred qualifications include experience within an institution competing within a higher education performance or outcomes-based funding model; and/or experience with the standards and policies of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is preferred.
Applicants should provide a letter of interest, a curriculum vita, and a list of five references by November 15, 2019 for preferred consideration. References will not be contacted until final candidates have been identified for campus visits.
Applications and nominations may be stamped confidential and sent by U.S. Mail or by email to:
Morehead State University
c/o: Ms. Jacqueline N. Graves, J.D.
Office of the President
202 Howell-McDowell Building
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
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