Gardner-Webb University seeks an experienced
and innovative academic leader to serve as Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs. The Provost must
understand and demonstrate a clear commitment to the mission and
values of a growth-oriented, private Christian university.
Reporting directly to the President, the Provost will work
effectively with faculty and staff to strengthen and expand
Gardner-Webb’s traditions of instructional excellence.
For complete information, see the
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
University (GWU) is a private, coeducational,
residential institution with a strong emphasis on the Liberal Arts.
Dr. William M. Downs has served as President since 2019.
Located in the North Carolina foothills in
Boiling Springs, Gardner-Webb has experienced remarkable growth,
perseverance, and maturity over its 116-year history. Today, GWU is
a flourishing national institution with six professional schools,
14 academic departments, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate
majors, and a highly qualified faculty on a beautiful 225-acre
campus. In addition to growing residential undergraduate programs,
Gardner-Webb has an extensive offering of online degree completion
programs for undergraduates as well as an impressive array of
graduate degrees (both online and on-campus) at the master’s and
Historically, Gardner-Webb has played
significant roles in teacher education and ministerial preparation
for church-related vocations. GWU also touts strengths in nursing,
business, fine arts, and natural sciences. the University holds
firm to its commitment to Christian principles and values as the
best foundations for developing human personality and building
community. Nationally recognized for its character-building
programs, GWU challenges students to ignite their passions,
purposes, and professions within an environment that challenges the
mind, heart, and soul.
The Provost must understand and demonstrate a clear commitment
to the mission and values of a growth-oriented private Christian
university. The Provost shall play a significant role in
implementing GWU’s Strategic Plan and shall be a key advisor to the
President on the quality of degree programs and academic support
services. The successful candidate will emphasize and foster a
culture of continuous improvement, will understand how to maximize
efficiency without compromising excellence, and will bring energy
and expertise to the imperatives of student recruitment, retention,
and timely graduation.
Qualifications include an earned doctorate or terminal degree
from a regionally accredited university, with preference for degree
in an academic discipline offered by the University with
credentials appropriate for appointment as a tenured, full
Professor. A significant record of successful leadership experience
as a senior university administrator, experience managing academic
budgets, and demonstrated effectiveness in the management of
personnel are essential for consideration. Because Gardner-Webb
aspires to increase faculty and staff success in the pursuit of
extramural grants, a preferred qualification will be experience
with state, federal, and/or private
THE PROVOST WILL:
- Serve on the President’s leadership cabinet.
- Provide leadership in the areas of new program development and
existing program review.
- Provide leadership to reshape and reinvigorate the University’s
efforts to improve student retention rates.
- Provide leadership in the scheduling of academic courses,
sharpening workload expectations, and rationalizing compensation
- Provide recommendations to the President on promotion and
- Provide recommendations to the President on the hiring and
renewal of faculty and staff.
- Supervise academic deans, directors, and department chairs
across the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health
Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and School of
- Coordinate the University’s multiple accreditation reviews and
- Provide leadership, supervision, and direction to Dover
Library, Registrar’s Office, and the Center for Excellence in
Teaching and Learning.
- Support innovative advances in pedagogy, instructional
technology, and course design to meet the needs of diverse
- Foster collaboration within and between University departments
and administration that lead to student success.
- Maintain integrity of annual faculty evaluation process.
- Work collaboratively with the Division of Student Development
to improve on metrics of student retention and success.
- Work collaboratively with the Athletics Department to support
the academic success of approximately 600 student-athletes
participating in 22 Division I sports.
- Support and promote faculty research and other scholarly
- Serve as liaison to the Education Affairs Committee of GWU’s
Board of Trustees.
BOILING SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA
Boiling Springs is a small North Carolina town with a population
of 4,565 in Cleveland County and is one of the best places to live
in North Carolina. Living in Boiling Springs offers residents a
sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. The public
schools in Boiling Springs are highly rated.
The quaint streets of downtown are a charming
setting of boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and
stores. Just outside of town is the Broad River and Broad
River Greenway where day hikes and tubing are a must. With an
overall cost of living less than the U.S. average, Boiling Springs’
quiet streets make it a great place to live.
If big city adventure comes calling, Boiling
Springs is perfectly situated. Within an hour or less of driving,
you can easily be cheering with the crowds in Charlotte’s bustling
uptown sports scene, strolling through Greenville’s destination
downtown with its award-winning parks, restaurants, and arts scene,
or exploring the charm of Asheville.
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
Application packet must include: a) A letter of application that
addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position,
b) Current curriculum vitae or resume, and c) At least
four references with full contact information including e-mails
(References will not be contacted without consent from
Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to:
Additional information will be requested upon receipt of
Review of applications begins immediately. For best
consideration, submit applications by November 3,
2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is
Submit nominations to:
with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual
Kenny Daugherty, President of Myers McRae Executive Search
and Consulting, will be assisting Gardner-Webb
University in this search. Request a conversation with Kenny
Gardner-Webb University does not discriminate based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in employment for
any of its programs and activities.