Huntington, West Virginia
Feb 13, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Marshall University invites nominations and applications for the position of provost. President Jerome Gilbert has set forth a bold agenda to increase enrollment and improve retention; emphasize service learning; increase faculty and student research and creative activities; add relevant Ph.D. programs; develop a major program to fight addiction; and expand community outreach and economic development initiatives. Marshall University seeks an accomplished, innovative leader who will serve as the chief academic officer of the university while partnering with the president to implement a progressive and evolving strategy for excellence and growth. The provost must possess the experience, skills and drive required to lead the future of academics at Marshall, while exemplifying the character and qualities expected in a highly visible and trusted university and community leader.


Marshall University was founded in 1837 and is named after the fourth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall. Located in downtown Huntington, West Virginia, with additional campuses and centers in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Teays Valley and Beckley, West Virginia, Marshall has become a leading public university, providing innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in 200 academic fields. The students who study at Marshall can choose from 10 colleges providing 120 degree program options to best suit their academic aspirations. Marshall offers 59 baccalaureate, two associate degrees, and 52 graduate and doctoral programs in 10 colleges. The university has nearly 13,500 students, more than 1,000 full- and part-time faculty, and 900 staff. Marshall is an NCAA Division I participant in Conference USA with 16 varsity teams.

Marshall’s vision is focused on growth aimed at providing world-class learning opportunities for students from across the country and around the world. Here, students discover Marshall’s commitment to teaching, high-level research and professional training that will prepare them to thrive in the world. They join a community where they are part of something larger than their own ambitions.


Huntington is a picturesque city with hospitals, libraries, restaurants, a renowned museum, a symphony orchestra and a nationally recognized city park. Concerts and theatrical productions take place in outdoor amphitheaters located in the park and along the riverfront. A strong “town-gown” relationship benefits both the Huntington community and Marshall University and is particularly evident in the mutual support of cultural activities and in the community’s support of the university’s athletic events.


The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree and will present a record of teaching excellence, as well as serious and sustained scholarship. Additional qualities will include a proven record of successful leadership, balance with the ability to process multiple positions on issues and seek means to reconcile them, relationship building, business acumen, communications skills, and personal characteristics earning the respect of students, staff and faculty engaged in high-level teaching and research. Successful experience in managing change is highly desired.


The Provost Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until the position is filled. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by March 16, 2018. Dr. Richard A. Wueste and Dr. Thomas Kowalik of AGB Search are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact Dr. Wueste at [email protected] or at 540-431-5131 and Dr. Kowalik at [email protected] or at 607-759-5285.

Applications should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to: [email protected].


  • A letter of interest that responds to the Opportunities and Challenges and the Qualifications and Qualities sections of the positionprofile:
  • A current CV orresume.
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate.

All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

Marshall University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.