Rochester, New York
Mar 26, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
Provosts, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a university defined by creativity and innovation, seeks a provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a dynamic institution on an exciting trajectory with a new president and a talented leadership team.  RIT continues to expand its research and scholarly impact while building on its strengths as a student-centered institution that prepares creative and entrepreneurial change agents to better the world. The provost will be a leader with creative vision, strong management ability, integrity, and the personal qualities to inspire and lead the academic enterprise to new levels of excellence.

RIT was founded in 1829, and, today, is a nationally-ranked doctoral university with programs spanning engineering and technology, computing and information sciences, the fine arts and design, the liberal arts, healthcare and the sciences, and business. An early pioneer of practice-based and cooperative education, RIT remains an innovative and dynamic institution distinguished by its commitment to preparing students for success in a globally integrated society. Over the past 10 years, RIT has pursued a bold strategy that has resulted in advancement in every key institutional metric. Applications have increased 70 percent. Sponsored research has grown tenfold to $60M. Enrollment has grown 20 percent to nearly 19,000 students, with student quality and diversity simultaneously on the rise. Faculty have grown in number, diversity, and scholarly stature. Cooperative education, a pillar in the RIT educational philosophy, has thrived, both domestically and internationally, helping drive the university’s corporate relationships and exceptional post-graduation employment rate. This steep trajectory has been fueled by the inventive spirit and tireless effort of the RIT community and generously supported by the benefactors of the university. RIT announced, in December 2017, a $50 million gift—the largest in the institution’s history—to foster creativity and entrepreneurship and to fund initiatives in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence through facilities expansion and endowments to recruit and retain exceptional faculty and graduate students.

The provost will join RIT as the university accelerates its upward momentum, building an even brighter future. The president is leading the university community in a revision of the 2015-2025 strategic plan, “Greatness Through Difference.” The provost will be chiefly responsible for developing and implementing the academic agenda for the strategic plan.  Specifically, they will lead efforts to grow and build the faculty across the university, stimulate further growth and development of graduate education, continue the excellence of undergraduate programs, encourage innovation and cross-disciplinary collaborations, and capitalize on RIT’s culture of creativity.

RIT has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of the Provost. Nominations and applications, including—as individual attachments—a cover letter, a CV, and a list of references, should be submitted online:

John Muckle, Vice President

Greg Esposito, Principal

Karen McPhedran, Associate

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.

RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact Isaacson, Miller as indicated above.