Missouri Western State University
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 20, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Missouri Western State University (Missouri Western), located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Reporting to President Elizabeth Kennedy, this Provost will join Missouri Western at a critical juncture, as it seeks to fulfill its role as the State of Missouri’s institution of applied learning.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a visionary, strategic, and responsive academic leader who understands the community and region that Missouri Western serves, as well as its student population. She or he will understand the mission and identity of Missouri Western as the state’s applied learning institution, and possess the ability to help facilitate the collective articulation of the University’s future.

As the Chief Academic Officer the Provost will work with the faculty on the development and implementation of the new academic plan. She or he will be an excellent communicator, who recognizes the importance of being approachable, available, and listening, as well as an adept facilitator of growth and success via transparency and collaboration at Missouri Western. At the same time, she or he will also be a decisive leader, who possesses clarity about the institution’s mission and priorities, and is able to articulate the rationale behind decisions in a timely and compassionate manner. 

Required Qualifications

The next Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs will hold an earned terminal degree in their field from a not-for-profit university or college; a record of scholarship, teaching and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure; a record of significant and progressive higher education administrative service appropriate to this role.

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience with applied learning
  • An understanding of an open-access environment
  • A track record of data-informed decision-making
  • Demonstrated experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusivity
  • A collaborative leadership style
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in academic budgeting and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success


A full description of the position, including a leadership agenda, desired qualifications and instructions on the application process can be found in the position profile:


Application and Nomination Process

Missouri Western has retained Academic Search to assist with this search. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to The search is open until the position is filled, but only those applications received by September 26, 2021 can be assured full consideration. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, resume, and a list of five professional references with full contact information and a note explaining their relationship to the applicant. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Confidential discussions about this position may be arranged by contacting Senior Consultants Jairy Hunter at or Eric Richtmyer at, or by phone at 202-332-4049.  


Equal Opportunity Employment

Missouri Western actively follows a policy of nondiscrimination in regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, disability, and all other legally protected classes. This applies to education programs, and activities including athletics, instruction, grading, awarding of student financial aid, recruitment, admission, employment, housing, placement and retention of students, faculty and staff. Missouri Western pledges continued compliance with all relevant state and federal laws and cooperation with governmental organizations in ensuring equal employment and educational opportunity.

Diversity Statement

As a student-centered learning community Missouri Western is dedicated to inclusion and the promotion of diversity as essential to our mission as a public university. This commitment to diversity contributes to transforming lives and demonstrates our values of freedom, respect and courage. The University encourages applications from individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas, and past experiences will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.

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