Purchase College invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Purchase motto, “Think Wide Open,” describes the college’s spirit of openness and multi-disciplinary exploration. The College’s distinctive mission is to offer a unique education that combines liberal arts programs with conservatory arts programs in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity. The Purchase education encourages students to push boundaries, challenge the traditional, explore and generate new ideas and art forms. Faculty and students see the College as intimate and non-conventional, with a culture that strives to be participatory. Purchase College graduates make significant and enduring contributions to the arts, humanities, sciences and society.
The Provost will work with the faculty and the Office of Academic Affairs to realize the current academic strategic plan and to spearhead enrollment initiatives that will respond to a new generation of students. In these efforts, the Provost will liaise with the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Enrollment Management. In addition, s/he will energize fundraising at Purchase, collaborating with distinguished faculty and staff to secure grants and private funding for research activities and scholarships. Finally, the Provost will find creative measures for advancing the unique blend of arts and liberal arts that defines the College.
The successful candidate must have a terminal degree in his/her field, have earned academic qualifications that merit appointment at the rank of tenured full professor, and exhibit a strong record of service and administration. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and a good grasp of the wide range of academic disciplines within the College. S/he must evince a deep appreciation both for the arts and conservatory training and for the importance and value of a liberal arts education. In order to collaborate effectively with the faculty and senior leadership team to achieve institutional goals, the academic vision of the successful candidate must resonate with the mission, values and culture of the college, its faculty and its students.
Founded in 1967 as part of the State University of New York system, Purchase College combines professional conservatory programs in the performing and visual arts with rigorous, cutting-edge studies in the liberal arts, sciences and social sciences. Its students enjoy success in both arenas: Purchase’s 17,500 alumni include Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award winners, prominent research scientists, journalists, and academics, as well as CEOs of international corporations. By design, the College’s arts programs benefit the public through the Performing Arts Center, a four-theatre complex considered one of the finest of its kind on the East Coast, and the Neuberger Museum of Art, the tenth largest university museum in the country. The College’s 25-building, 500-acre campus in Westchester County, 35 minutes north of Manhattan, hosts a student body of approximately 4,200 students representing 47 states and 67 countries.
Review of candidate materials will begin immediately. For full consideration, please respond electronically, in confidence, with a letter and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Purchase College has retained Archer~Martin Associates as its executive search counsel. For further information, please contact Nancy Martin or Barbara Tobey at 508-325-6161.
Purchase College SUNY is an AA/EEO employer. Special Note: Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and the availability regarding the University’s current campus security policies. Purchase College’s Annual Security Report is available at http://www.purchase.edu/Departments/UniversityPolice/clery.aspx