Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Stony Brook University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 09, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Stony Brook University invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Stony Brook University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and one of the nation’s premier centers for academic excellence. As the University’s chief academic officer, Stony Brook’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will collaborate with newly named President Maurie McInnis, Ph.D., to lead the university into its next half century, capitalizing on the momentum that is propelling Stony Brook into the ranks of the most highly regarded public research universities in the nation.

Stony Brook seeks to appoint an individual who has an established record of outstanding scholarship, a demonstrated record of successful academic administration working collaboratively with the various campus constituencies, a strong sense of academic entrepreneurship, innovation and vision, experience in facilitating quality teaching, and an unwavering sense of ethics and commitment to the importance of consultation and integrity in the handling of all academic matters.

The ideal candidate should be a strategic and visionary leader with a demonstrated commitment to increasing academic excellence and a proven record of inspiring and leading faculty, staff, and students through a collaborative process of shared governance. The candidate will be expected to provide strong and decisive leadership and to have the courage to make difficult decisions and to render those decisions transparently with compassion and understanding. The next provost should be wholly committed to student learning and success, while also sustaining and growing the research mission of the university. The candidate should have the eagerness and determination to serve as an agent for innovation and transformation, while remaining committed to the distinctive legacies, values, and heritage of Stony Brook.

The next Provost must have an earned doctorate, achieved distinction as a scholar, researcher, and teacher, and possess academic credentials commensurate with an appointment of a tenured full professor in a major research university. Strong candidates will need to present a demonstrated commitment to implement programs to increase diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students, an appreciation for the importance of public service, and a vision for higher education that is responsive to the mandate embraced by leading universities to educate the next generation of outstanding, international leaders.  Furthermore, candidates should possess the ability to passionately articulate Stony Brook’s broad-based goals to a variety of audiences and have the ability and flexibility to operate within a collective bargaining environment, and be sensitive to the unique political and legal frameworks within which a public educational institution operates in the State of New York.

The Provost must understand and appreciate the needs of both liberal arts education and professional school education in a comprehensive research university, and should have a commitment to outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching and an appreciation for, and willingness to facilitate interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research. The Provost will be expected to work collaboratively with President McInnis and other university colleagues to enhance the university’s relationships with alumni and other external constituents, and to increase individual, corporate, philanthropic, and government support. Furthermore, the Provost will be expected to serve as a key advisor to President McInnis and play a key role in the continued development and implementation of a new university strategic plan.

President Maurie McInnis and the Search Committee invite inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Interested, qualified individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held. All nominations and applications should be sent via e-mail to:

Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman, and Charles E. Kaler
Consultants to the Search Committee
Education Executives, LLC

The appointment date is open. To ensure full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible. Review of nominations and applications for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. This search will be conducted with full confidentiality of all candidate information. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate. Candidates are invited to review all information, including the full position specification, membership of the Search Committee, and documents posted on the search web site:

We actively encourage applications from and nominations of women and other protected group members.  Stony Brook is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter.



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