Provost & EVP for Academic Affairs (Deputy President)
The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) is seeking a visionary and strategic leader with a proven commitment to academic excellence and shared governance. The Provost & EVP for Academic Affairs (Deputy President) is responsible for fostering excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Home to over 6,000 enrolled students, UTPB beneﬁts from the vast resources and support of the world-renowned University of Texas System yet is lean enough to foster a connected, tight-knit community while remaining ﬁnancially accessible to any student; the community thrives off the private school atmosphere at a public school price. With an unwavering commitment to students, a strategic approach to designing higher education, and the resources to ensure academic success, UTPB is set to nurture the leaders who will go on to shape the future of West Texas and the rest of the country.
UTPB offers 36 baccalaureate degree programs and 20 master’s degree programs in the arts and sciences, business, engineering, education, and health and human performance—and the University continues to grow. Recently added chemical and electrical engineering programs offer unique internship opportunities that are attracting new students. UTPB students have a 72% acceptance rate to medical, dental, and veterinary schools, compared to the state of Texas average of 38%. UT Permian Basin also offers residential, commuter, and on-line educational opportunities. Designated a Hispanic Serving Institution, almost half of UTPB’s student population identiﬁes as Hispanic. UTPB is also designated as a Minority Serving Institution. About half of the students at UTPB are ﬁrst-generation college students.
Athletics are an important tradition at UTPB. UTPB participates in NCAA Division-II sports and ﬁelds 16 teams.
UTPB is located in the The Permian Basin - one of the fastest-growing, culturally vibrant, economically invigorated regions of the country and full of industry, culture, and wide-open spaces. The Permian Basin is home to the world’s largest petroleum ﬁeld, accounting for 30% of the US domestic oil production. Wind and solar developments are diversifying the Permian Basin, putting it on the map as a critical energy provider for the future. As the only major university in the Permian Basin, UTPB is positioned to be its academic center, providing leadership and skilled professionals across all of the region’s prominent and growing industries.
The area is known for its laid-back, inviting communities that people around the country have come to associate with Texas towns. Midland and Odessa form a thriving metropolis with plenty to do and see in the growing region – from a great variety of restaurants, museums, and theatres, to hiking, hunting, and enjoying the area’s natural wonders. Midland International Airport provides convenient air travel as well.
Reporting to the President and serving as the institution’s Chief Academic Officer, the Provost/EVP and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will play a central role in enhancing academic excellence and aligning priorities with the University’s strategic plan. The Provost/EVP serves as a member of the senior leadership team and also functions as the University’s executive officer (Deputy President) in the absence of the President. The Provost/EVP will work closely with the President, other executive officers, faculty, and The University of Texas System in formulating the University’s academic goals and policies.
As Chief Academic Officer, the Provost/EVP is responsible for the articulation of the University’s vision of academic distinction; the development and administration of academic programs; policies relating to instruction, curriculum, extended learning, and information technology; faculty and academic staff appointments and performance assessments; and scholarship, research, and service initiatives among faculty.
The Provost/EVP supervises the activities the University’s five colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Human Performance), the Library, Graduate Studies, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, Falconline (Online Learning), the Center for Engaged Teaching Learning, Continuing Education, Dual Credit, as well as a number of research centers and other units that support the academic mission of the University.
Working collaboratively with the campus community, the Provost/EVP supports excellence in teaching, research, creative, and service activity and focuses on efforts to improve students’ educational experience, student retention and graduation rates, and student achievement. Additionally, the Provost/EVP works with business, community, and educational leaders to develop and maintain existing partnerships that contribute to the educational and economic vitality of the region.
The ideal candidates will be a passionate advocate for the promotion of excellence; an academic leader with a track record of effective academic and administrative experiences; and a visionary and strategic thinker who can demonstrate collaboration and administrative accomplishment.
An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution and a record as a teacher and scholar commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the departments at UTPB is required.
The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and should be submitted to:
Letters of interest and nominations should be submitted by August 6, 2021 in order to assure consideration.
UTPB is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the University community. An environment that is free of discrimination and harassment allows members of the University community to excel in their academic and professional careers. To the extent provided by applicable federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
The University’s commitment to equal opportunity extends its nondiscrimination protections to include sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.
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