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Mississippi State University invites applications and nominations

for the position of Provost and Executive Vice President.


Established in 1878, Mississippi State University (MSU) is one of the nation’s leading land-grant, space-grant, sea-grant universities. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1: Doctoral University – Very High Research Activity, Mississippi State enrolls more than 22,000 students and employs more than 4,900 individuals statewide, including 1,400 faculty members. Rich in history and tradition, the University has 143,000 enthusiastic and supportive living alumni. In addition to the main campus in Starkville, the University has a campus in Meridian and instructional sites in Jackson, Biloxi, and Gautier, as well as an extensive Distance Education program. The University awards more than 4,000 degrees annually at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and professional levels.


Reporting directly to President Mark E. Keenum, the Provost and Executive Vice President serves as the chief academic officer for MSU and is responsible for all academic policies and operations of the University. The Provost is also responsible for the integrity of the academic mission of MSU and oversees eight Colleges, the Graduate School, Shackouls Honors College, libraries, and several academic and administrative support units. (A more complete “Leadership Statement” describing the opportunity and search process is available at www.provostsearch.msstate.edu).


The Search Committee seeks a proven scholar and accomplished administrator who values teaching, research, and service, and who understands the opportunities and challenges major public research institutions face. The selected individual will be student-centered and will have an appreciation for a world-class faculty. The next Provost and Executive Vice President will be visionary, will possess exemplary communication and interpersonal skills, will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, and will be a consensus-building and collegial academic leader. The Provost will be dedicated to academic excellence and will participate fully in the life of the University, community, and state.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Provost is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by March 30, 2019 to receive optimal consideration.

MSU Provost Search

R. William Funk & Associates

2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 300

Dallas, Texas 75219

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 214/523-9067


~Mississippi State University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.~




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Posted: 1/10/2019
Application Due: 3/11/2019
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