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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Employer
Keystone College
Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 12, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Keystone College, is a private liberal arts and sciences college located in La Plume, Pennsylvania, 15 miles west of Scranton and within a two-hour drive to New York City and Philadelphia. Founded in 1868, Keystone was the first institution of higher education in the region. Building upon this legacy, Keystone provides transformational educational experiences through interdisciplinary and integrated teaching, shared scholarship, internships, and co-curricular opportunities to allow graduates to become engaged citizens who are ready for graduate school and careers.

Keystone is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. Serving more than 1,300 students, Keystone offers over 40 robust degree options, as well as accelerated certificate programs available to students via day, evening, summer, weekend, and online offerings. Keystone is a student-centered campus that includes a 170-acre Nature Preserve and the only Observatory in the region. Thirty-eight full-time and numerous part-time faculty members provide academically rigorous curricula that help to foster a global perspective on cultural diversity, environmental sustainability, and life-long learning. For more information about Keystone College, please explore www.keystone.edu. 

The Opportunity: Keystone College seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader for the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ensures that the academic curriculum meets the academic standards of the College, the standards of accrediting and licensing agencies, and reflects Keystone’s mission, vision, and core values. As Chief Academic Officer, the Provost provides vision and leadership for all matters relating to curriculum and instruction. The Provost serves as the College liaison for meetings of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and serves as chief administrative officer of the College in the absence of the President.

The Provost also plays a key leadership role in fostering academic excellence and integrity and prioritizing and allocating budgetary resources. 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. The Provost serves to lead the faculty including as an advocate, facilitator of institutional improvement, and as a transformer of the academic components of the College in order to meet the needs of our students in a rapidly changing higher education landscape. The Provost must be a visionary leader and experienced administrator who can ensure accountability of the Academic Affairs units in a focused drive toward innovation, transformation, and excellence.

Qualifications:

The next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will exhibit sincere commitment to the liberal arts and sciences foundation of the College’s diverse degree programs and possess a thorough understanding of all components of academic affairs. With a collaborative, inclusive, and collegial leadership style, the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to shared governance and a proven ability to communicate and work effectively with faculty, staff, students and community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The successful candidate will also have experience supervising faculty, staff, and managing budgets as a department chair, dean, or vice president. Evidence of innovative, outside-the-box thinking, and problem-solving skills is a requirement. Along with a strong background of administrative, teaching, and supervisory experience, an earned doctorate and evidence of scholarly/creative activities are required. 

Location: Keystone’s campus rests on 276 scenic acres in the historic Lackawanna Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania that boasts beautiful landscapes with idyllic hills and shimmering waterways. The region also features historic sites, outdoor recreation, and cultural/arts venues.  The area offers affordable living and is located within a two-hour drive to New York City and Philadelphia.

Applications/Nominations: Applications should consist of a substantive letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each; references will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. For full consideration, applications and nominations should be submitted by September 3, 2021 at provostsearch@keystone.edu and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

 

 

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