University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Ottawa University
Kansas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 19, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Other Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Ottawa University invites applications from, and nominations of, dynamic and inspiring leaders for the position of University Provost & Chief Academic Officer.  This leader will call the Overland Park, Kansas campus his or her primary home.



The University Provost and Chief Academic Officer, reporting directly to the President and CEO of the University, has primary responsibility for all academic programs as the chief academic officer of the University. The University Provost has an essential role in nurturing and promoting the character of the University's academic programs and assisting the President and CEO, and senior leadership, in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms, including the promotion and support of a diverse and inclusive learning environment.  The University Provost partners with the President to establish a vibrant and innovative academic vision for the institution. These efforts will include broad program assessments, with specific attention to new programs, enrollment growth, and student success and outcomes. The University Provost oversees curriculum, academic standards and assessments, program creation and retirement, faculty development, instructional and learning supports, and budgets. The fundamental concerns are with teaching, learning, and research that embodies and expresses the educational values and goals of the University. The University Provost will structure recommendations for shared governance providing direction on academic and educational matters to the President and CEO, Board of Trustees, and senior leadership.


Since its inception in 1865, Ottawa University has sought to live out its mission in some unique and powerful ways. It began with the collaboration between two American Baptist missionaries, Jotham and Eleanor Meeker, and the Ottawa Indian Tribe of Kansas to promote education and peace in a rapidly changing world. Out of this relationship, Ottawa University was born. Ever mindful of the University’s original commitments, treaties and agreements were refreshed and strengthened in 2008 by then President & CEO Eichner and the Board of Trustees, allowing all Ottawa Indians to attend the University at any of its locations free of charge. Since 2008, more than 350 tribal members have enrolled and over 150 have graduated, far more than in the 143 prior years put together.

Ottawa University has grown from its origins on the banks of the Marais des Cygnes River in Kansas to a comprehensive, not-for-profit, educational institution, which serves students of traditional age and adult learners worldwide. Thoroughly grounded in its mission, Ottawa University carries out its educational purposes through its liberal arts and professional studies programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ottawa University guides learners to integrate faith, learning, and life, to gain the abilities they need to succeed and prosper, and to do so with an increased sense of the knowledge, compassion, respect, and service our world requires.


For more information about this opportunity, to include a complete listing of duties and position requirements please review the Position Profile.  If the direct link doesn’t work in this advertisement, please go to our website at, click on Open Positions and Higher Education.


EFL Associates (, an executive search firm, is assisting Ottawa University with its search for this important leadership position.  All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final stage of the search, at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. 

Application Process


STEP 1:  Complete a brief online application (2-3 minutes):


STEP 2:  Send us your letter of interest and résumé or curriculum vitae:


Key Dates
  • Application deadline is July 15, 2022
  • Semi-Finalist Interviews are tentatively scheduled for August 15-16, 2022
  • Campus Interviews are tentatively scheduled for mid-September 2022
  • The desired start date is January 2023, but is negotiable


Confidential Inquiries

Steve Waldron, JD

VP & Managing Director, Higher Education Practice

816-945-5423 (direct)



Nominations and Application Questions

To provide a nomination, please email all pertinent information (including nominee’s email address and phone number) to:


Ms. Edith Ketay

Program Manager, Higher Education Practice

816-841-4001 (direct)


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