Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs
Valley State University
Named as one of the Best Historically Black Colleges and
Universities for 2021 by College Consensus, Fort
Valley State University seeks a transformative, visionary,
and strategic leader to serve as Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs. This is an outstanding opportunity
for an experienced and accomplished leader with significant
potential to influence and shape the future of higher education in
central Georgia. As part of the President’s Cabinet, the Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic
officer of the University and reports directly to the University
President. Applications will be reviewed immediately. Take a
virtual tour of the University at fvsu.vrtoursrvr.com.
Full information is available in the
Search Profile at https://myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/files/FVSU-Provost21.pdf
About Fort Valley State University
Located in Central Georgia, FVSU is a comprehensive institution
offering 37 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. One of the
University System of Georgia’s three public historically black
universities, FVSU is the state’s only 1890 Land Grant
FVSU combines the personal attention and
family feel of a small, private college with the resources and
research found at large public universities. The University’s
1,365-acre main campus in Fort Valley has the second largest
acreage of any Georgia university.
FVSU advances its mission and educational
goals through three academic colleges: Agriculture, Family
Sciences, and Technology; Arts and Sciences; and Education and
Professional Studies. In fall 2020, the University enrolled 2,542
undergraduate and 285 graduate students.
Of the 92 faculty members, 74 percent hold
doctorates. The close-knit campus community encourages personal and
academic growth and establishing lifelong ties that extend beyond
FVSU has been recognized four consecutive
years as the top public historically black college in Georgia. This
#1 ranking includes US News and World Report, 2019 and
2020 Best Colleges rankings, and the Washington
Monthly, 2019. In 2018, Diverse Issues in Higher
Education listed FVSU as a top 10 producer of African
Americans with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, engineering
technology, family and consumer sciences, computer and information
systems, psychology, and history in the state of Georgia.
The National Science Foundation provides
more funding for science, technology, engineering, and math
research at FVSU than at any other public teaching college in
Georgia, putting it in the top 10 for NSF-funded STEM research
among all colleges in the state.
State University has produced graduates who have literally
changed the world, serving as pioneers and trailblazers in civil
rights, education, law and government, human rights, and public
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost)
plays a critical role in the implementation of the University’s
2020-2025 Strategic Plan and ensures accountability of the Academic
Affairs units in a focused drive towards innovation,
transformation, and excellence.
The Provost works collaboratively to set the
academic vision, provides leadership and direction for all aspects
of Fort Valley State’s academic programs, and supervises related
academic activities under the guidance of the President. The Office
of the Provost also serves as the point of contact for external
constituents on issues related to Academic Affairs, such as the
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools, and other accrediting
The Provost is responsible for oversight of
the academic programs and policies of the University. In that
capacity, the Office provides a variety of support services to the
colleges, faculty, and students, including operation of the
University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) and
faculty development opportunities.
The Provost supervises academic personnel
and oversees the fiscal affairs of the: College of Arts and
Sciences; College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology;
College of Education and Professional Studies; and University
College. Under the supervision of the Provost are also the Center
for Retention Services, Collaborative and Outreach Programs,
Library, Honors Program, the Learning Resource Center, Office of
Institutional Research, and Testing Center.
The Provost works collaboratively with
direct reports to develop and recommend the annual academic budget,
ensures fiscal responsibility for use of all funds allocated for
educational programs, and collaborates with other senior
administrators to create support systems for academic affairs. This
senior administrator develops and ensures continuing assessment and
improvement of all academic initiatives; actively advances the
goals of excellence in all areas of teaching, research,
scholarship, and service; and monitors operations and functions
supporting academic programs.
Duties & Responsibilities
The responsibilities of this position include a variety of tasks
that contribute to achieving university-wide goals of increasing
visibility, enrollment, and resources. The outcomes of these
essential functions also contribute to the University’s primary
areas of emphasis:
- Ensuring viable academic programs.
- Developing new market-driven programs.
- Collaboratively developing enrollment levels sufficient to
support the University’s mission.
- Establishing a strong campus-wide culture of customer
- Promoting a student-centered learning environment.
- Encouraging excellence and innovation in teaching using
technology and in research and creative activities.
- Promoting greater participation in the community.
- Supporting external funding initiatives.
- Reviewing promotion and tenure policies and procedures.
- Recommending promotion, tenure, post-tenure, and salary
decisions to the President.
- Collaborating with Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs
Qualifications & Requirements
- An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university and
a minimum of five years in higher education
- Significant administrative experience at the level of dean or
- A proven record of teaching, research, and scholarship
sufficient to qualify for the rank of full professor in one of the
departments of the University
- Experience with online degree programs and distance education
- Extensive knowledge of and experience with accreditation
- Experience with international programs and curriculum
development with a global focus
These qualifications are supplemented by the ability to manage
multiple projects simultaneously, with attention to details,
deadlines, and making decisions. Additionally, exceptional
interpersonal skills, excellent verbal and written communication
skills, and a demonstrated commitment to the principles of higher
education are required.
Metropolitan Central Georgia
Fort Valley State University is in the Central Georgia
metropolitan area, which encompasses the state’s fourth largest
city, Macon, as well as several growing cities and progressive
small towns. Other features of the area include Robins Air Force
Base, one of the state’s largest employers; the #11 rated public
school in Georgia, the Academy of Classical Education, and the
nationally recognized Houston County School System; and outstanding
healthcare along with the second largest hospital in
Central Georgia offers endless activity
opportunities for families and individuals alike. A wide range of
fine and casual dining, live music venues, festivals, water parks,
golf courses, museums, historical sites, farmer’s markets, touring
Broadway shows, kayaking, indoor rock climbing, and more provide an
appealing quality of life.
The City of Fort Valley has been honored as
one of 10 Georgia “Cities of Excellence,” and it is considered one
of the state’s “best managed and most livable cities.” It offers
tree-lined streets and beautiful historic homes and boasts a cost
of living below the state and national average.
Beyond the Metro Central Georgia area,
Atlanta, one of the nation’s largest cities, and Hartsfield-Jackson
Atlanta International Airport are easily accessible by I-75. If
looking for time at the beach or enjoying the cool mountain air,
the Georgia coastline or Blue Ridge Mountains are only a three-hour
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential application and inquiries are welcomed, and
nominations are invited.
Application packet must include: a) A letter of interest that
addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position,
b) Current resume or curriculum vitae, and c) At least five
references with full contact information including e-mails
(References will not be contacted without consent from
Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to: FVSU-Provost@myersmcrae.com
Additional information will be requested upon receipt of
For best consideration, submit application packet by August 9,
2021. Review of applications begins immediately, and
applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Submit nominations to: FVSU-Provostfirstname.lastname@example.org with
complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being
Emily Parker Myers, CEO,
and Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President,
of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting Fort
Valley State University with this search.
Fort Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal
opportunity institution and does not discriminate against
applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, gender,
ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age,
disability, or marital or veteran status.
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting