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Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
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Aug 29, 2021

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Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Provosts
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a courageous leader with bold vision and strong commitment to shared governance to serve as its next Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. To be successful, the individual must have a thorough understanding of U.S. higher education, its international context, and its role in economic development, and must be passionate about the educational mission of the University. 


Working with Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, senior leadership, the deans, the chairs and directors, and the faculty, students and staff, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost will help to shape and articulate the University’s academic and scholarly mission. The Provost will work closely with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations to implement a budget and managerial model that will allow the Provost to allocate resources within the academic units in ways that enhance academic and scholarly excellence, while maintaining a strong operational infrastructure. The Provost is responsible for the administration of all programs of instruction, mentoring and student life, and for promoting goals of academic excellence for the University’s faculty and students. 


UNC-Chapel Hill seeks to appoint an individual who brings strong academic leadership to an institution deeply committed to the idea of a strong, cohesive university. The next Provost will have a distinguished record of scholarship in their academic discipline, suitable for a tenured appointment as a full professor. The successful candidate will have immense intellectual breadth, be flexible and nimble in working across disciplines, and be able to move beyond their own field to champion disciplines across every school and college. The next Provost will be a student-centered and collaborative leader, with a demonstrated track record of leading successfully through persuasion and the power of their ideas to achieve common goals among diverse stakeholders. The University seeks an academic leader who respects academic rigor and excellence as extremely high priorities. A demonstrated record of success implementing programs to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is critical.


The nation’s first public university, UNC-Chapel Hill ranks among the world’s leading global research universities and is a member of the prestigious Association for American Universities (AAU). U.S. News and World Report has ranked UNC as the fifth best public university in the U.S. for 20 consecutive years. UNC conducts more than $1.15 billion dollars of sponsored research annually, making it the 12th largest U.S. research university in research volume and annual expenditures. Federal research totals $721 million annually, making UNC the 6th ranked university in the U.S. for federal research, and first in the nation for federally funded social and behavioral sciences research and development.


This year, Carolina enrolled 19,399 undergraduates and 10,699 graduate and professional students. Students learn from 3,774 full-time faculty, including more than 160 members of the National Academies and prestigious learned societies including: 39 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 21 members of the National Academy of Medicine; seven members of the National Academy of Engineering; 16 members of the National Academy of Sciences; and 88 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 


Carolina is committed to access for all, providing life-changing opportunities such as the Carolina Covenant, a pioneering initiative that promises a debt-free education to qualified low-income students launched in 2004. More than 700 students are designated as Covenant Scholars each year; more than half are both students of color and the first in their immediate families to go to college. First-generation college students comprise nearly 20% of the undergraduate population. The University offers 74 bachelor’s, 107 master’s, 65 doctoral, and seven professional degree programs through 13 schools and the College of Arts & Sciences. UNC-Chapel Hill’s graduation rates consistently remain among the nation’s highest, with 93.5% of the 2016 entering class graduating in five-years.


UNC Health comprises UNC Hospitals and its provider network, the clinical programs of the UNC School of Medicine and 11 affiliate hospitals and 13 hospital systems across the state. According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings, UNC Hospitals has three nationally ranked and four high performing adult specialties. UNC’s Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in seven specialties.


Public service is at the core of Carolina’s mission. The University is deeply committed to serving the people of North Carolina. Students, faculty and staff devote thousands of hours each year by performing service projects and participating in outreach programs while also making community-changing discoveries and creating a better future for North Carolina.


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 letter of interest to: 

Dr. Jett Pihakis 

(202) 654-7800


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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