University of Providence
Great Falls, Montana
Sep 15, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The University of Providence (formerly the University of Great Falls), is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Provost. Reporting to the President, the Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University, serves as a member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team, and is responsible for all academic matters including curriculum, faculty and staff hires, faculty development, student academic success, student life, and resource management.

The Provost is responsible for the academic budget, leadership of the faculty, and academic program development including community outreach programs, oversight of institutional accreditation, and promoting scholarly and creative activities.  The Provost will be involved in creating and deepening “high impact” practices that engage students.  This includes common learning experiences, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, capstone experiences, and critical thinking. 


  • Leads the pursuit of distinction, teaching and learning excellence, and enrollment growth in School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Advise the President on all academic matters
  • Work with the President and his Senior Leadership Team in the overall coordination and leadership of the University
  • Oversee the implementation of academic strategic planning
  • Coordinate facilities planning for Academic Affairs
  • Work closely with Enrollment Management to support the recruitment and retention of students
  • Establish guidelines for and oversee curriculum planning and development
  • Oversee academic advising and other student retention strategies in Academic Affairs
  • Supervises and oversees the office of Student Life on all matters
  • In collaboration with the faculty, promote the development and on-going review of academic programs to increase the academic quality in all curricular and co-curricular programming
  • Coordinate the hiring, evaluation and professional development of faculty, academic administrators, and staff in academic affairs
  • Make recommendations on faculty promotion and tenure
  • Review and approve academic policies
  • Anticipate future developments in higher education and their impact on the University
  • Represent the University’s academic programs to internal and external communities
  • Accountable for the University’s compliance with accreditation requirements for all academic programs

The University seeks an experienced academic leader who has:

  • Outstanding academic leadership credentials, and a broad base of experience with both traditional and non-traditional programs, preferably both in the liberal arts and health sciences.
  • A demonstrated record of success in leading significant institutional change, preferably with prior experience on the President’s Cabinet.
  • Solid grounding in Catholic higher education or a deep understanding of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, preferably both.
  • Demonstrated ability to set high expectations and hold people accountable for excellent performance in a fast-paced environment.
  • Integrity, humility, and excellent social and interpersonal skills.
  • Operational and strategic academic and financial planning experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading all accreditation for the University.

The University seeks an individual with an earned doctorate from an accredited college or university; proven administrative leadership experience; a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and collegial service; a practical and intellectual commitment to higher education; experience in faculty governance, leadership, mentoring, and faculty development; and a commitment to interact effectively with other administrators, staff, peers, faculty, students and the public. The ideal candidate has impeccable integrity, exemplary oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, and an understanding and strong commitment to the values and passion of the University’s Catholic mission.   The start date will be on or before July 1, 2018.


Founded in 1932 through the collaborative efforts of the Sisters of Providence, the Ursuline Sisters, the Catholic Bishop of Great Falls, and the civic community all of whom recognized societal need for higher education, the University continues to be the shared endeavor of dedicated people.  The University and Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) announced a deepened partnership and vision for the future, resulting in a new university name and emphasis on one university with two schools.  Joining the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the School of Health Professions effective July 2017. Providence St. Joseph Health has provided a strong financial investment in the future growth of the University of Providence.  As an expression of the teaching mission of Jesus Christ, the mission of the University of Providence is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain an education for living and for making a living.

The University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic liberal arts institution located in Great Falls MT on a 44 acre park-like tract of land between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. Serving over 1075 students, the University offers undergraduate, graduate and distance learning degrees in over 50 disciplines and participates in NAIA Region I athletics.

The University of Providence is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt - Fennell.  Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references, in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to November 17, 2017 to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

For more information contact:

Cheryl Hyatt  -  724-242-0476

University of Providence is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer covered by the Montana veterans’ and handicapped persons’ employment preference act.