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Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Utica University
Utica, New York
Date posted
Feb 15, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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Utica University, located in the heart of Central New York, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Utica University seeks an innovative and exceptional leader with a strong record of academic accomplishment to serve in this key leadership position and help lead the senior management team under the institution’s recently appointed tenth President Todd Pfannestiel. The new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will have the opportunity to develop and advance a vision of progressive education, student success, improved graduation and retention, in collaboration with a dynamic faculty and staff and a supportive administration. 

The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will administer an operating budget of $4 million and provide leadership to staff in Academic Affairs, as well as to all full-time and part-time faculty who have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students through a strong commitment to small classes and high impact practices.

Reporting to the President, the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer, responsible for the faculty as well as related administrative departments that support the University’s academic program. In consultation with the faculty, the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs articulates and directs the academic vision of the institution. He or she will also provide leadership to support and enhance the institution’s commitment to academic excellence, scholarly values, and a strong liberal education integrated with professional study in order to inspire and educate each student.

The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for maintaining the quality of the academic environment through the development and assessment of curriculum and the facilitation of teaching and research in an increasingly diverse community of faculty, students, and staff. The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs advises the 10 President on university-wide planning, policy and operations, and acts on the President’s behalf in his absence or as designated.

Direct reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs include: the Associate Provost, four School Deans, the Dean of the Library, the Dean of Students, the Dean for Faculty Excellence, the Dean of Student Success, the Office of International Studies, the Director of Learning Services, the Director of Tutoring, and the Registrar, as well as the Director of Academic Operations and a full-time staff member.

To be considered, candidates must have an earned terminal degree and have been awarded tenure with a distinguished record of accomplishment in teaching, active scholarship, service, program funding, and collaborative governance.

The successful candidate must:
• hold a distinguished record of progressively advanced administrative experience;
• possess a demonstrated responsibility for a broad range of organizational areas including:
     ▪ planning and assessment;
     ▪ institutional effectiveness measures;
     ▪ strategic planning;
     ▪ faculty development;
     ▪ operational and capital budgeting;
     ▪ personnel processes and procedures; and
     ▪ information technology applications and trends.
• have outstanding listening, writing, and communication skills;
• possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups; and
• have demonstrated experience in managing diversified revenue streams, including traditional, online, and accelerated academic program delivery models.

Additional preferred experiences include:
     • a demonstrated record in recruiting, evaluating, and promoting faculty;
     • the ability to work effectively with all members of the University community – to listen, to engage, to persuade, and to foster individual and community-wide development;
     • the ability to serve as an advocate for the University to internal and external constituencies, including involvement in friend- and fund-raising activities and relationship-building;
     • an appreciation and demonstrated advocacy for both liberal arts and professional programs;
     • the capacity to work effectively with the Board of Trustees;
     • experience with or understanding of shared governance in the context of a collective bargaining environment;
     • honesty, integrity, common sense, good judgment, energy, and a sense of humor.

Utica University is actively seeking and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society. 11 For full consideration a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five professional references, should be forwarded to the physical address or email address listed below no later than March 29, 2024. No references will be contacted without the prior consent of the applicant. The cover letter should address the qualifications listed above, as well as the applicant’s experiences in working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. The search process will begin immediately and conclude with a successful hire. Applicants will remain confidential until the final stage on-campus interview process planned for mid-April. Finalists will be known to the University community at that time and meet with several constituent groups in person.

For a detailed prospectus on the position and the institution, please go to


Utica University

Founded in 1946, Utica University is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The University enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. 

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.

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