The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is conducting a global search for its next Provost and Executive Vice President. UCA aspires to be a premier learner-focused public comprehensive university, a nationally recognized leader for its continuous record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, scholarly and creative endeavors, and engagement with local, national, and global communities.
The Provost and Executive Vice President reports directly to the President and is responsible for the academic operations of the university. The Provost has oversight of all units within the Division of Academic Affairs including five academic colleges (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Behavioral Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics), the Schedler Honors College, Graduate School, Enrollment Management, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Leadership, Torreyson Library, and Outreach and Community Engagement. In addition, the Provost will establish a strategic direction and oversee activities to advance and support UCA’s academic mission and vision. The Provost plays a key role in the allocation of budgetary resources and the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus.
Preferred Qualifications and Expectations
The Provost will be an accomplished academic leader with an earned doctorate and a record of distinguished research, scholarship, and teaching that supports the award of tenure at the rank of full professor. The preferred candidate will be a leader for higher education and have an appreciation of the role and mission of a public comprehensive university.
Other preferred qualifications include:
- Significant and successful academic administrative experience
- Proven transparent and collaborative leadership acting as a trusted team builder
- Budget and management experience in a complex organization
- Strong communication skills, as well as the ability to advocate for the university to internal and external constituencies
- A commitment to academic values including shared governance
- Experience with innovative experiential learning opportunities for students including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate research, study abroad, service learning, and community-engaged learning, and an inherent interdisciplinary focus and commitment to innovative collaboration across diverse academic units and disciplines
- Demonstrated competencies utilizing new technologies to deliver educational services
- A commitment to diversity and an understanding of its many forms, including creating and nurturing diversity and belonging among faculty, staff, administrators, and students
- Familiarity with the strategic planning process and a proven capacity to assist in adopting and implementing a strategic plan
- Passion for preparing students for productive and successful lives
- Unquestionable character and integrity
About the University
Founded in 1907, UCA has an enrollment of nearly 10,000 with a high residential undergraduate population and more than 1,900 graduate students. The university offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs including doctoral programs in six disciplines. The undergraduate student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam.
Following the recent completion of the successful $100 million UCA Now comprehensive campaign and the establishment of a groundbreaking new access and scholarship initiative called UCA Commitment, the university operates from a strong financial and educational position and is positioned to thrive during very challenging times in higher education. The new Provost will join a leadership team that is excited about this inflection point in the university’s history and is poised to capitalize on growth and mission opportunities.
UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence with a strong student success culture. A doctoral/professional university, the UCA’s faculty and staff contributions to research, scholarship, and creative activities continue to grow the university’s profile as an emergent comprehensive university committed to high-impact practices for undergraduate and graduate students. Along with a strong commitment to academic vitality and integrity, UCA seeks to attract students and employees that are dedicated to building a culture of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity.
The Search Committee invites applications to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University of Central Arkansas. Completed applications should be received by January 15, 2024, for optimal consideration; review of completed applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should include, with their curriculum vitae, a letter of application describing their relevant experiences and interest in the position, together with the names, titles, and phone numbers of at least five references. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. Please submit all nominations, applications, and communications to the firm assisting the search:
Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
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Atlanta, GA 30328
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The search will be conducted in accordance with the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. For additional information about the University and Conway community, please visit the following websites: http://www.uca.edu and http://www.cityofconway.org
The University of Central Arkansas is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population through enhanced multicultural learning environments and opportunities. In keeping with its nondiscrimination policy in employment, admissions and other functions and programs, the university considers employees and students on the basis of individual merit and will not discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, race or color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, familial status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, political beliefs, intellectual perspective, genetic information, military status, or other factors irrelevant to participation in its programs.