Grand Forks, North Dakota
Oct 07, 2020
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
Provosts, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


University of North Dakota

Learning. Discovery. Engagement.



The University of North Dakota invites applications and nominations for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. The provost reports directly to the president and is charged with the responsibilities of academic coordination and quality, fostering research and public service, and guiding all aspects of teaching and learning in support of student success.

Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, UND’s 137-year history carries a unique profile, advancing its mission on a foundation of six core values: community, discovery, diversity, inclusivity, liberal arts and lifelong learning. More than 2,400 faculty and staff teach, support, and guide a student population of 13,615 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UND offers degrees in 225 fields of study, including 39 doctoral programs. Known for its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, UND sustains its strong core in the liberal arts and sciences while offering world-class programs in aerospace, business, education, engineering, law, medicine and health sciences and nursing disciplines. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, along with numerous specialized accreditations at the college and school levels. The UND Fighting Hawks compete in 17 NCAA Division I sports.


The provost must engage with the internal and external UND communities to foster an environment of collaboration and innovation in support of the university’s student-centered focus and mission. The successful candidate will work closely with the president and UND community to provide unifying leadership for a strong shared governance campus climate. The candidate must demonstrate success as a faculty member and have at least 10 years of progressively increasing administrative responsibility with a record of achievement. Further, the candidate will address bold and sensitive change while meeting the expectations that follow:

  • Be an advocate for the academic mission in all decision making;
  • Demonstrate experience supporting faculty and staff with curriculum and program development and delivery;
  • Bring a passionate appreciation for scholarship and maintain a vibrant research culture;
  • Support an inclusive and equitable environment and strive for a diverse and representative population of faculty, staff and students through recruitment and retention;
  • Provide respectful guidance and empower participation in strategic planning and innovative policy delivery for the deans and their respective colleges;
  • Be an accountable, fact-based decision maker with actions rooted in transparency, responsiveness and responsibility;
  • Have an established record of commitment to the principles and practice of shared governance;
  • Bring a sound, practiced knowledge of budget model planning and oversight, with demonstrable experience in both programmatic investment and prioritized expense reduction;
  • Have demonstrated, successful fundraising experience;
  • Deliver creative support of programs for student recruitment, enrollment management, retention and success;
  • Understand the process and have experience in assessment and accreditation practices;
  • Exhibit finely honed communication skills (written, spoken, listening) and be accessible; and
  • Hold an earned terminal degree from an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited or with equivalent international recognition.


UND offers the next provost and vice president for academic affairs the opportunity to join a distinctive, energetic academic community as a trusted team player and team builder. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be received by November 18, 2020, and must include a letter of interest addressing the qualifications described (not more than 3 pages); a current résumé or curriculum vitae; and the names of five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address and telephone numbers.

The search is being assisted by James McCormick and Janice Fitzgerald, Executive Search Consultants, AGB Search. Contact may be made at [email protected], 651-238-5188 or [email protected],  717-580-0663. Responses should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to [email protected].  For more information about the University of North Dakota Provost search, go to

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists for the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at  You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.