The University of Oregon (hereafter referred to as UO) invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President. As the chief academic officer, the Provost and Senior Vice President will work in concert with President Michael Schill, to strengthen dramatically the University's academic reputation as a leading institution of higher education and research. The next Provost and Senior Vice President must be an accomplished scholar with a track record of successful leadership in a complex, academic college/school or large research institute, or potentially from an education-focused government, non-profit or private institution. The successful candidate should be an individual who shares President Schill's zeal for moving the university forward, and for academic innovation and entrepreneurship.
The University of Oregon is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and is a major research university committed to combining high level research with strong undergraduate and graduate teaching. Founded in 1876, UO enrolls almost 24,000 students from all 50 states and more than 95 countries; and offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. There are also 30 research centers, institutes, and core research facilities. Since July 2014, the University has been governed by an independent Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon. One of two AAU institutions in the Pacific Northwest, the University is widely known for a mix of highly ranked departments and innovative interdisciplinary programs; a strong commitment to research and education; and a collaborative, non-hierarchical institutional culture.
Key Priorities (not in rank order):
- Collaborate with the University of Oregon faculty, students, and staff to foster and advance academic excellence on campus;
- Build and manage strong, collaborative relationships with employee groups and labor unions;
- Assist in managing the financial resources of the University through an effective annual operating budget and long-term financial plan for all academic and direct-report units, and provide guidance to the President on University-wide financial allocations and decision-making; working with the President and other leaders, develop the strategic priorities for the Institution and oversee the implementation of initiatives that support those priorities and that advance scholarly and creative pursuits among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students;
- Lead efforts to recruit and retain distinguished, diverse professors and researchers as part of initiatives to expand the size and global reach of the faculty at the University;
- Nurture ongoing efforts to advance inclusion, equity, and diversity among all University constituencies;
- Work to ensure the success of all students at UO, including increasing the Institution's four-year completion rate, through efforts such as mandatory advising, articulated degree paths, and curricular reform; develop and implement strategies to enrich students' classroom, research, and extracurricular experiences at both undergraduate and graduate levels;
- Promote interdisciplinary and cross-college initiatives that will build on areas of existing strength; and
- Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships across the State of Oregon, with other AAU institutions, other professional and academic organizations, and other stakeholders, effectively representing the interests of the Institution.
The University of Oregon seeks an individual of significant scholarly accomplishment with the experience, dedication, breadth of vision, and zeal to serve as the chief academic officer of a major research university. The individual should possess a firm commitment to academic excellence, the ability to work constructively and collaboratively with multiple constituencies through a model of shared governance, a facility with budgets and resource allocation, and a proven ability to translate ideas and visions into action. The next Provost will be an individual who understands the key social, political, economic, and technological changes that are affecting higher education today, and who will bring creativity and vision to the University of Oregon's efforts to address those changes. In terms of personal qualities, the successful candidate will be an energetic, engaged, respected leader who is fundamentally committed to advancing the University of Oregon's mission as a leading institution of higher education and research.
Leadership: An established record of effective, inclusive and collaborative leadership. The capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation. Ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain and promote the University's faculty. A deep understanding and appreciation of shared governance between faculty and administration. Capacity to motivate and inspire others to strive continuously for excellence. Strong interdisciplinary ethic. Ability to make tough decisions. Entrepreneurial spirit.
Academic Credentials: Ph.D. or equivalent degree required. Distinguished record of achievement and professional credentials consistent with appointment at the rank of full professor.
Financial Management and Administrative Experience: A well-developed record of operational leadership demonstrating excellence, growth and financial effectiveness. Demonstrated experience in fiscal management. Proven success in managing a leadership team within a complex organization. Ability to manage resources strategically.
Focus on Students: Genuine understanding of the teaching mission and the importance of providing students with the highest quality educational experience. Commitment to student success. Must understand and value the importance of a diverse student body.
Personal Qualities: Unquestioned, unassailable personal and academic integrity. A commitment to the mission of a global public research university. Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Innovative and creative problem-solver, with a willingness to take risks and make timely and difficult decisions. Ability to foster a collegial, collaborative, inclusive and respectful work and educational environment.
To see the full position specifications, please visit the provost search site: https://president.uoregon.edu/provost-search
Nomination and Application Process
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a curriculum vitae and a bullet point summary of the leadership roles they have held, and their accomplishments in each. A letter of interest is optional, albeit most welcome. Please submit all materials electronically to Oregon.Provost@russellreynolds.com. This position is open until filled.
This position is subject to a criminal background check.
All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence until the final stages of the search, at which time the express permission of the finalists will be obtained before making their candidacies public. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.