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Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois
Posted Date
Oct 10, 2022
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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I), a preeminent public research university and the flagship campus of the University of Illinois System, seeks a Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost (Provost) who will embrace the opportunities and challenges associated with expanding excellence at a premier land-grant institution in the 21st Century. At a time of national debate about the role of public universities in our society, U of I seeks an intellectual leader.

U of I celebrates diversity and inclusion and is excited to recruit and hire qualified candidates from any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. To learn more about U of I’s status as an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer visit

Founded in 1867 as one of the nation’s original public land-grant institutions of higher education, U of I offers transformative undergraduate and graduate education, conducts ground-breaking research, engages in significant extension and public outreach activities, provides unique continuing education and online learning opportunities, and promotes a diverse learning environment that welcomes, cultivates, and respects the contributions of all. As a major national research university and member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) with a strong foundation in both the STEM areas and the liberal arts and sciences, U of I is known nationally and internationally for excellence in education, passion for discovery, and a tradition of public service. U of I offers a collegial intellectual community that draws students and scholars from around the world. Research is a key economic driver in the state and U of I has numerous close collaborations with major industries across the state. The university uses a modified activity-based model for allocating resources. The university’s FY23 operating budget is nearly $3.3 billion. In FY22, U of I researchers’ cumulative grant expenditures totaled $774 million.

The campus community includes approximately 35,000 undergraduate students; 21,000 graduate and professional students; 3,250 tenure-system and specialized faculty members; 3,900 academic professionals; and 4,300 staff members. The campus is home to 16 colleges and schools that address a variety of disciplines and fields including: Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Applied Health Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Fine and Applied Arts; Graduate College; Information Sciences; Labor and Employment Relations; Law; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Media; Carle Illinois College of Medicine; Social Work; the University Library; and Veterinary Medicine. With over 450,000 alumni from around the world, Illinois fully embraces its global presence while remaining committed to its land-grant heritage.

The Provost, who oversees all of Illinois’ academic programs, policies, and priorities, as well as the campus budget will be an innovative academic leader who is deeply committed to the mission of ensuring access to top-quality educational experience and sustaining and encouraging a highly supportive environment for scholarly discovery and excellence. The Provost will also be a key partner with the Chancellor in all major campus initiatives and priorities.

As the chief academic officer for the campus, the Provost is responsible for developing and assessing academic programs, managing a budget of over $2 billion, and supervising academic personnel policies and academic administration. Deans and directors of campus level academic units report to the Provost. The Provost in turn reports to the Chancellor and serves as the campus’s chief executive in the absence of the Chancellor.

The next Provost will have a distinguished record of research, teaching, and scholarly accomplishments; an earned doctorate (or terminal degree); a record appropriate for a position as tenured full professor at U of I; a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence and the academic and social values appropriate to the University’s missions of teaching, research, scholarship, and public engagement; demonstrated success in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives related to recruitment, retention, and campus climate; experience working successfully within a shared governance framework; excellent listening and communication skills with a demonstrated record of consulting a variety of constituent groups, synthesizing input, sharing information broadly, and building consensus for decisions; and the ability to articulate these values in a variety of settings.

Also essential will be a demonstrated capacity for strategic decision making that reflects sound judgement and leadership effectiveness in academic and fiscal matters and other functions related to higher education; an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary thinker committed to harnessing and facilitating the potential of collaborative activities across institutional and disciplinary boundaries; evidence of high integrity, pursuit of an ambitious institutional vision, and a collegial and transparent leadership style; awareness of current trends and forces facing world-class research universities and demonstrated financial acumen to make prudent budgetary decisions; the vision and ability to foster and sustain an environment of intellectual excellence and openness that attracts and retains faculty and staff of the highest caliber and encourages superior teaching, scholarship, and creativity; demonstrated success in managing a large and complex operation; considerable administrative experience to serve the broad academic and functional responsibilities of the role, and the passion and dedication needed to help lead and advance Illinois in its continued pursuit of academic distinction and deep commitment to the mission of a land-grant academic institution with global reach.

The Provost will partner with the Chancellor and the U of I community in building a strategic direction, balancing the excellence of individual schools and colleges with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary endeavors and collaboration. U of I seeks a strong spokesperson who will communicate on behalf of the university campus-wide, within the state of Illinois, nationally, and internationally. The next Provost will have the vision and talents to match the aspirations of campus leaders during this time of change across higher education. Working closely with the University of Illinois system, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, the Provost will be ideally positioned to leverage the institution’s excellence in academics and service to achieve even higher levels of success and impact.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The University strongly encourages nominations of, as well as applications from, women and individuals traditionally underrepresented in academia and leadership. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applications should be received by November 28, 2022. Candidates should provide a CV/resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically to:

Natalie Leonhard, Partner

Michael Baer, Partner

John Muckle, Partner

Becky Piper, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non- discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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