Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 28, 2017
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Drexel University

Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

Drexel University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for Global Initiatives.

The Vice Provost for Global Initiatives (VPGI) is the Senior International Officer (SIO) for the University. Drexel seeks a creative, entrepreneurial leader with a strong understanding and vision for academic and research focused collaborations. The successful candidate will have experience generating partnerships abroad, and will be responsible for amplifying the global strategy for the entire University, including Medical, Law, and all professional schools, while taking measures to ensure the safety of members of the Drexel community when they travel internationally. The VPGI will work closely with the Provost and the President to ensure the implementation of this strategy with regular input from University and community stakeholders and partners.

The VPGI reports directly to the Provost and is a member of the President’s Executive Council. The VPGI supervises the Office of International Programs and the Study Abroad Office and controls the design, implementation, and budgets for all activities of these offices. The VPGI will also be responsible for responding to compliance concerns in international contexts.  With over 100 existing partnerships, the VPGI will continue to increase international education experiences, expand opportunities for global engagement, and develop global platforms for innovation in research and education based on areas of faculty expertise. In addition, The VPGI will facilitate faculty collaborations through a variety of initiatives, encouraging faculty to develop and cultivate international networks of colleagues to advance their research, service and academic programs.

Recent examples of successful collaborations include, but are not limited to: a joint research workshop at Shanghai Tech; a Dual Ph.D. and Master’s program in Biomedical Engineering with Shanghai Jiao Tong University; nanotechnology research and co-op exchanges with The National NanoFab Center (NNFC) in South Korea; research collaborations with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel; a partnership centered around urban health and urban innovation (linked to the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation) with Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile;  broader research partnerships with IIT Delhi, and IIT Madras in India; the continued development of the existing partnership with Fiocruz in Brazil, in biomedical computational research, and public health, and a water sanitation and hygiene program in sub-Saharan Africa.

The VPGI is a member of the Board of Managers for Drexel Global Initiatives LLC (a Pennsylvania limited liability company) established to assist Drexel in its international operations. The VPGI also co-chairs the University’s Strategic Task Force to “Enhance Drexel’s Global Impact”, and as SIO, represents the University at city, state, and international levels, promoting Drexel’s role as a global actor, supporting the University’s transformational themes, and leading its internationalization strategies. The VPGI also plays an important role as part of larger strategies for the Innovation Neighborhood, linking Drexel’s expansion to the economic growth and development of Philadelphia as an emerging world-class city. To this end, the VPGI represents the University on relevant Boards, (at city and state levels), with embassies, consulates, international agencies, and other international public and private partners.

Drexel University is one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial research universities in the United States. With over 200 degree programs within 15 units, Drexel employs more than 1,500 full-time faculty members. Drexel enrolls approximately 24,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, making it one of 15 largest private universities in the nation. It is an academically comprehensive and globally engaged urban research university, dedicated to advancing knowledge and society and to providing every student with a valuable, rigorous, experiential, technology-infused education, enriched by the nation’s premier co-operative education program. In addition to its recognition in the top 100 National Universities in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report, Drexel also ranked at number 14 tied with Cornell, Harvard, George Mason University and the University of Texas-Austin in the U.S. News category, Most Innovative Schools.

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree and demonstrated experience in leading global education and/or research. Tenure is not required, but could be available for those with the appropriate credentials. Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position has been filled; however, for best consideration materials should be sent by October 6, 2017 to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing Partner

Matthew Marsallo, Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

For more information, please visit Drexel’s home page at

Drexel University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and actively seeks applications from qualified women and minority candidates.



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