EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND
The Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is
the chief academic officer of the University of South Carolina
(UofSC) and second ranking officer of the University, acting for
the President in their absence. The provost administers the budgets
of all academic units and oversees academic policy and priorities.
S/he oversees the schools and colleges of the UofSC Columbia
campus. The provost is charged with overall leadership of academic
affairs of the University, including curriculum development and
establishment of academic standards in the schools and
Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina is the
flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and
offers more than 350 programs of study, leading to bachelor’s,
master’s, and doctoral degrees from fourteen degree-granting
colleges and schools. Currently, the University of South Carolina
has a total enrollment of approximately 50,000 students, with
nearly 35,000 on the main Columbia campus, making it the largest
university in the Carolinas. Its main campus in downtown Columbia
has been categorized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions
of Higher Education: Doctoral Universities—Very High Research
Primary responsibilities for the Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost will be:
• Leading the formulation and implementation of system-wide
academic affairs policy relating to faculty hiring, retention,
tenure, promotion, and development. Provides advice on important
academic policy relating to faculty.
• Ensuring that the institution provides qualified faculty and
appropriate academic support services that carry out the mission of
• Overseeing the strategic academic policies and priorities for the
University. Oversees the UofSC’s graduate and undergraduate
academic programs as well as curriculum development, program
assessment, and University accreditation.
• Overseeing the budgetary resources for all UofSC Columbia
academic units and academic support areas and managing the
strategic planning processes for those units. Planning, developing,
and managing an effective budget for the academic divisions.
• Providing advice on broader University budgetary issues to the
President and various stakeholders.
• Supporting the advancement of the University’s competitive
research globally through promoting and enabling research
innovation and excellence.
• Collaborating with Palmetto College to ensure quality online
learning, general education and completion of bachelor’s degrees
through convenient and accessible programs both at the Palmetto
College campuses and online.
• Leading the UofSC Press, the Office of Institutional Research,
Assessment and Analytics, the Office of Academic Programs and
• Fostering communication and collaboration on academic matters
among the faculty and UofSC campuses including awareness of trends
in higher education.
• Serving as a local, regional, and national spokesperson on behalf
of the University in support of higher education and
The successful applicant will have a distinguished record of
scholarship and administrative experience; possess vision,
integrity, creativity, energy, acumen, and diplomatic skills; and
will understand and appreciate the value of the liberal arts,
professional education, and scholarly research.
A complete Leadership Profile, with information about the
University of South Carolina, priorities for the new provost, and
qualifications for the position, may be found at: www.agbsearch.com
(“Active Searches,” look for the University of South Carolina
Roderick J. McDavis (email@example.com), Sally K. Mason
com), and Garry W. Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org)—all
representing AGB Search—will be assisting the University of South
Carolina Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Search Committee. Prospective nominators or potential candidates
are encouraged to contact Dr. McDavis, Dr. Mason, or Dr. Owens
directly by email prior to submitting materials.
Application materials must be submitted electronically and should
include: 1) a letter of interest that addresses specifically how
the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with the
UofSC’s qualifications and priorities as identified in the
Leadership Profile; 2) a curriculum vitae (please also list your
personal email address and cell phone number); and, 3) the names,
addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five
references for future contact— please also include your
professional relationship with each reference listed. No references
will be contacted without prior permission granted by the
candidate. All candidate names will remain confidential until
campus finalists are announced. Application and nomination
materials should be submitted electronically by the target date of
January 14, 2022 to: ProvostUofSC@agbsearch.com.
The University of South Carolina
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Women and
minorities are encouraged to apply.