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Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 5, 2024

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The University of Missouri (“Mizzou” or “MU”) seeks an accomplished, strategic, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Provost). This is a compelling opportunity to advance the academic, research, and engagement enterprise at one of the nation’s leading comprehensive public universities at a time in which the institution is experiencing historic highs in the areas of student success, research & scholarship productivity, meaningful engagement with Missouri citizens, state appropriations, and alumni support. The next Provost will advance the University's strategic direction and provide leadership for faculty, students, and staff to further achieve excellence.

MU is a proud member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). With total annual research expenditures of $465 million, it is designated as a Research 1 University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and, as Missouri’s 1862 land-grant university, it has an annual impact of approximately $5 billion on the state’s economy. MU’s 2,300 faculty are world-recognized for their research, teaching, clinical and engagement accomplishments. The faculty recipients of the Nobel Prize, highly prestigious awards and honors, and members of the National Academies. The university prioritizes interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation and has invested heavily in hands-on learning experiences to prepare its students to become professionals who transform lives locally and globally. MU's broad undergraduate programs and its graduate and professional programs attract an annual enrollment of more than 31,000 students. MU is centrally located in Columbia, Missouri, a quintessential college town that is growing and consistently ranked as one of America’s best places to live.

MU has been in a period of exciting change, and the next decade promises even more momentum. In the last five years, Mizzou has strengthened all areas of the University, including the research enterprise, faculty and staff recruitment and retention, student success and enrollment, and philanthropic giving. Today, MU is recognized as a leading national institution on a strong upward trajectory with enormous potential for continued success and impact in the future. Mizzou is the state's largest university, offering more than 300 degrees and certificates across 13 schools and colleges, which collectively serve as vital knowledge centers for the entire state. The University contains a robust, successful clinical and research medical enterprise, including MU Health Care, the leading healthcare provider in Mid-Missouri, whose operations total over $1 billion. As a land-grant institution, MU’s Office of Extension and Engagement directly impacts all 114 counties in Missouri and the City of St. Louis and provides access to the University's resources and expertise.

Reporting to the President, the Provost serves as MU’s chief academic officer and is responsible for all academic programs, operations, planning, and continued support and growth of the research enterprise. In close partnership with the President, the Provost will guide the implementation of the next strategic plan, advance the academic and research trajectories through shared faculty governance, and leverage a highly collaborative and inclusive culture on campus to promote the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students. The Provost will need to support the institutional systems and infrastructure, further faculty excellence in teaching and research, and strengthen key areas of investment in enrollment and student success. The next Provost will possess the ambition and skill to match the high aspirations of university leadership, students, faculty, staff, alums, and friends who can maximize its many assets to further shape the future of Mizzou and achieve even higher levels of distinction and success.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent in confidence electronically below.

Pamela Pezzoli and Micah Pierce are leading this search with Robin Dougherty, Tiara Mack, and Melissa Barravecchio.

The University of Missouri System values the uniqueness of every individual and strives to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve excellence in learning, research, and engagement. This commitment makes Mizzou a better place to work, learn, and innovate.



The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one — it's a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university.

Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou has a reputation of excellence in teaching and research, and is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. MU offers more than 280 degree programs — including more than 75 online degree options — and is designated as comprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Mizzou is recognized nationally and receives top rankings for its programs in many areas, including journalismdispute resolutionfamily and community medicinecampus writing program and Freshman Interest Groups. As one of only six public universities in the country with medicineveterinary medicine and law all on one campus, MU provides Missouri with an educated work force of doctors, veterinarians and lawyers.

At Mizzou, we know how to make an impact—and our work reaches far beyond our campus. When you become part of our community, you’ll be part of our collective effort to teach, to learn and to drive change that results in better lives and brighter futures for the world.

Mizzou Tigers are lifelong learners, and that includes our faculty and staff members. All employees have the opportunity to pursue personal and professional growth and acquire new skills for their own benefit and the benefit of the university.

Our university seeks to support the whole employee, and that includes a competitive compensation and benefits package, support that will help you find work/life balance, a focus on career planning and plenty of opportunities to find and be recognized for your success.

We support an engaged and energized university community through competitive medical, dental and vision insurance as well as diverse programs to support whole-person wellness.

Mizzou empowers employees to make a lasting financial plan with retirement plan options, some of which are accessible to all faculty and staff, no matter their eligibility for other benefits.

Mizzou is a world-renowned educational and research institution, and our first-rate faculty, staff and students are part of something big. If you’re looking for a vibrant community that offers endless opportunities to grow and make a difference throughout our state, the nation and the world, our university may be the place for you. 

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