Executive Vice President and Provost

SUNY Fredonia
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 14, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) seeks a collaborative, collegial, diplomatic, entrepreneurial, and experienced individual to serve as its Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP). The EVPP will be joining SUNY Fredonia at an exciting time in its history. SUNY Fredonia’s 14th President, Dr. Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., was selected to lead the university in August 2020. The campus features buildings designed by world-renowned architects I.M. Pei and Partners, and has been undergoing major capital improvements during the last six years including a $60 million Science Center, completed in 2014, and a $40 million Studio Complex addition to the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, completed in 2015. The university is in the process of a $25 million renovation of Houghton Hall, which will transform the building into a state-of-the-art facility that will house the departments of Computer and Information Sciences, Geology and Environmental Sciences, Physics, and Mathematical Sciences; and a $3.22 million exterior rehabilitation of Reed Library. The university is also preparing a new campus master plan as well as a strategic plan, and recently received reaffirmation of its Middle States accreditation. Notwithstanding the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and predictions of decline in traditional students entering college in the Northeastern United States due to demographic changes, the EVPP will be joining the university at a time of excitement and confidence in the future.

Reporting directly to the President, the EVPP is the Chief Academic Officer for the university and the leader of the faculty. The incumbent will hold the second highest position at the university and will be a close, reliable, and trusted partner of the President in advancing the university’s mission and goals. The EVPP assumes Chief Executive Officer duties in the President’s absence. The incumbent must be an inspiring and inclusive leader who promotes leadership and empowerment at every level of the university. 

The EVPP will serve as the key ambassador between faculty and administration, building effective and sustainable relationships with an eye toward student learning, retention, and success. It is expected that the EVPP candidate will have a strong understanding of the complex social, political, and economic changes affecting higher education today, and will bring creativity and vision to help Fredonia meet those challenges. The successful candidate will be an individual capable of engaging community stakeholders in the advancement of the academic mission of the university and must be passionate about Fredonia’s mission, vision, and the success of its students. The EVPP must have a distinguished track record of successes and achievements as a faculty member, scholar, and leader in higher education. She/he/they must demonstrate commitment to shared governance and be enthusiastic about advancing shared governance.

In carrying out her/his/their responsibilities, the EVPP will benefit from the support of two Associate Provosts. Major academic areas currently reporting to the EVPP include the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education, School of Business, and the School of Music. In addition, the following units report to Academic Affairs: Interdisciplinary Studies; Daniel A. Reed Library; Graduate Studies and Research; Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, Extended Learning, International Education, Grants and Sponsored Programs; Registrar, Professional Development Center, Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment; Office of Student Creative Activity and Research; Fredonia Academic Community Engagement Center; Fredonia Technology Incubator; and the Learning Center.

Additional Responsibilities and Expectations of the EVPP include:

  • Provide leadership for the realization of the goals of the strategic plan for the university
  • Advise the President and Cabinet on wide-ranging matters related to the standing of the university
  • Lead the academic mission and ensure academic quality
  • Lead the development and management of the academic array, including curriculum development and program assessment
  • Oversee the budgetary resources for the Division of Academic Affairs and play a critical role in the establishment of funding priorities of the university
  • Collaborate with other divisions on matters pertaining to academic facilities, and student recruitment and retention
  • Ensure success in the accreditation of all programs requiring accreditation
  • Oversee academic policies and priorities
  • Serve as chief advocate for the faculty
  • Ensure the institution attracts highly qualified faculty and provides appropriate academic support services to carry out the mission of the university
  • Advance faculty retention, tenure, promotion, and development
  • Advance instructional development and innovation in teaching and learning.

 Minimum Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their discipline
  • Must have achieved the rank of full professor at an accredited institution and/or possesses outstanding record of accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service to be appointed to the rank of full professor with tenure
  • Impactful progressive leadership experience in higher education including service as an academic dean
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning and implementation
  • Extensive supervisory, management, and budgetary acumen
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with academic array development and management, and assessment
  • Demonstrated value for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience with grant/resource acquisition and management
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing the profile of international students on campus and building international collaboration opportunities for faculty
  • Capable of keeping up with a President with an ambitious agenda for the advancement of the university
  • Capable of engaging effectively with various stakeholders and representing the President at various functions
  • Strong communication, collaborative, and diplomatic skills
  • Approachable, high emotional intelligence, and a balanced ego
  • Demonstrated courage to make and stand behind hard decisions and explain rationale
  • Honest, reliable, and trustworthy
  • Sense of humor

 Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Knowledgeable of the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and demonstrated ability to lead and advance programs under such a crisis
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in leveraging technology to advance academic instruction
  • Entrepreneurial and capable of developing opportunities to diversify revenue streams for the university
  • Knowledgeable of best practices in strategic enrollment management and capable of contributing to enrollment and retention initiatives of the university
  • Experience in implementing strategic plans
  • High proclivity for working across various units for problem solving and maximizing opportunities, and employing interdisciplinary approaches for academic array development

 About SUNY Fredonia

 SUNY Fredonia is a public liberal arts university located in Western New York, within a short driving distance to major metropolitan areas. Distinguished by programs in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as creative and performing arts and selected professional fields, Fredonia has repeatedly been cited as one of America’s best universities in national studies, and is consistently ranked among the top public institutions in the northeast.

 Fredonia has a rich tradition of teaching. Its history began as the Fredonia Academy, established in 1826 by the citizens of the village of Fredonia. The beautiful and well-maintained campus is considered a gem in the SUNY system, situated in a welcoming community of tree-lined streets and historic architecture, surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards. The delights of the four seasons, as well as close proximity to Lake Erie, provides opportunities for outdoor research and creativity, as well as recreation.

 The university’s resources include a nationally known School of Music, as well as a number of professional programs including finance, management, marketing, and accounting within its School of Business. The wide range of innovative programs in the liberal arts and sciences include Communication, Exercise Science, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics. The university is also known for outstanding teacher preparation programs in its College of Education.

Fredonia educates, challenges, and inspires students to become skilled, connected, creative, and responsible global citizens and professionals. The university enriches the world through scholarship, artistic expression, community engagement, and entrepreneurship.

 To Nominate

Please send nominations to the office of the President: denise.szalkowski@fredonia.edu.

 To Apply

 For complete vacancy announcement, position description, qualifications, and to apply, please click HERE.  Applications received by February 12, 2021 will be given full consideration.  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, philosophical statement about the role of the EVPP, curriculum vitae, and a list of six professional references including contact information and relationship.

The consideration and review of applications will be conducted confidentially to the extent possible, and only the finalists for the position will be announced on the campus of the State University of New York at Fredonia.  References will not be contacted without consent from the finalists.  Credentials of finalists will be viewable only by credentialed faculty, staff, and students.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Please contact marybeth.sievens@fredonia.edu or betty.gossett@fredonia.edu if you have questions about this opportunity.