Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Baruch College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 08, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Bernard M. Baruch College (Baruch) of The City University of New York (CUNY), renowned for its distinctive pairing of academic excellence and social mobility, invites nominations and applications for an outstanding educator-scholar and accomplished administrative leader to serve as its next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

This will be the first new appointment to the president's senior leadership team for S. David Wu, whose tenure as Baruch's eighth president began on July 1, 2020. The new provost will serve as an essential partner to President Wu in shaping and advancing the institution's strategic priorities and in directing the day-to-day operations of the College. As Baruch's chief academic officer, the provost will drive academic innovation and lead with inclusive vigor, collaborating with deans, faculty, staff, and students to build upon the College's exciting momentum, attending to a number of key imperatives including: achieving results in hiring, developing, and retaining a diverse, exceptional faculty; elevating the College's research excellence; driving innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration; streamlining academic operations; advancing student success; nurturing Baruch's shared governance model; and establishing modalities for future instruction.

The College's three schools – the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Zicklin School of Business – together educate more than 19,500 students and serve as the College's academic core. Zicklin is the largest accredited collegiate school of business in the United States and enrolls over 70% of Baruch’s majors; Weissman offers more than 40 vibrant areas of study and teaches most of Baruch’s undergraduate students; and Marxe is widely recognized in the areas of municipal government, nonprofit leadership, and educational administration.

One of the country's top-performing colleges for its role as a catalyst for students to move up the academic and economic ladder and regarded as one of the crown jewels of the CUNY system, Baruch has carried on a rich tradition of academic excellence, accessibility, and upward mobility for students from every corner of the New York metropolitan region and around the world. The Manhattan-based school is ranked among the region's and nation's top colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and others. Considered a national model for driving academic and economic success, the College was recently ranked No. 1 best-value public college in the nation by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, No. 1 “Best Colleges for Business Majors” in U.S. by Money Magazine, and No. 1 in social mobility by CollegeNet, Inc. and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Candidates must bring a distinguished record of achievement and senior leadership experience. The successful applicant will have strong academic experience, an earned doctoral degree and scholarship, or professional experience sufficient to qualify for an appointment at the level of full professor with tenure. The next provost will express a passion for Baruch's mission and understand the important academic as well as socioeconomic roles the College plays in its communities. Strong entrepreneurial spirit, persistence tempered by imagination, a deeply collaborative and transparent approach to leadership, a record of supporting and enhancing research and creative output among faculty, and the skills required to promote specialized and interdisciplinary strength among schools, along with a firm understanding of emerging needs and trends in higher education in order to advance strategic priorities, will be distinguishing assets. Exceptional leadership, communication, and execution skills are essential for success, as is financial acumen, the ability to foster a culture of mutual trust and respect, and a record of impact along multiple dimensions of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at

WittKieffer is assisting Baruch College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by no later than February 22, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Melissa Fincher, and Sarah Miller

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. At CUNY, Italiian Americans are also included among its protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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