Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 13, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time





Atlanta, Georgia

Oglethorpe University, a nationally ranked private liberal arts and sciences college with a big-city culture on a small, close-knit campus, seeks a visionary, self-starter, and hands-on builder to serve as Provost. Enrollment numbers continue to climb with exceptionally talented and diverse students making Oglethorpe poised to grow in ranking and impact, capitalizing off the well-established, distinctive, liberal arts and sciences education. The Provost will be part of a growing leadership team which includes the new President, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Vice President of Advancement, and Dean of the Hammack School of Business. As a member of the President’s Cabinet working in partnership with other campus leaders and the vibrant university and surrounding communities, the Provost will play a vital role in the upcoming strategic planning process and positioning of Oglethorpe in the liberal arts and sciences academic landscape. With a focus on growth and innovation, Oglethorpe is embarking on a journey to revitalize its identity as a leading-edge liberal arts and sciences institution by recreating a mission and vision leveraging its student-centered approach; deepening values of diversity, equity, and inclusion; experiential and interdisciplinary learning practices; advocacy of academic excellence, and instituting equitable systems that support a culture of accountability and progress. The Provost joins Oglethorpe at a moment of potential and will have an opportunity to build more distinction in academic programming, student and alumni success, and contributions to the future of liberal arts and sciences education.

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University unites a close-knit campus community in Atlanta. Oglethorpe educates students to be citizens in a global world, readies them for responsible leadership, and empowers them to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. With more than 60 programs of study and an average class size of 17, Oglethorpe offers a liberal arts and sciences education that equips students with the skills employers value most: strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Central to this is the Core Curriculum, a cohort-based sequence of interdisciplinary courses intentionally designed to challenge perceptions, evoke questions, transform perspectives, and create connections. 

Today, Oglethorpe enrolls 1,452 students, representing over 30 states and 30 countries. Students choose Oglethorpe because of our small class sizes, mentorship provided by committed faculty and staff, internship opportunities in the city of Atlanta, and its commitment to affordability.  Among its many accolades, Oglethorpe is the only school in Georgia, public or private, to be named among the nation’s top 20 “best buy” schools in the latest Fiske Guide to Colleges. In addition, Forbes ranks Oglethorpe 33rd among America’s most entrepreneurial colleges, and US News and World Report recognizes it as the 14th most diverse student body among liberal arts colleges nationwide and as one of America’s best national liberal arts colleges.

The successful candidate will have an earned PhD or terminal degree and demonstrate a proven understanding, commitment, and track record of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, the next Provost should have a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with full professor status. An active and visible member on campus and in the broader community, the Provost will possess a deep appreciation for the history, achievements, and aspirations of Oglethorpe, while seeking to build upon those strengths in expanding opportunities for its faculty, students, and staff. While leveraging the opportunities afforded by the university’s location, the successful candidate must possess the authenticity and cultural competency necessary to be an effective representative of the university and must be a key liaison to its diverse internal and external constituencies.


Oglethorpe has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications, consisting of a CV and cover letter outlining commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Regan Gough, Tiffany Weber, and Casey Gallagher

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Oglethorpe University is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, assignment, re-assignment, promotion, transfer, compensation, discipline and termination. The University prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation in employment based on race; color; religion; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or gender expression; marital status; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; age; disability or handicap; genetic information; citizenship status; service member status; or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.