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Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Wagner College
Staten Island, New York

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Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Wagner College announces the search for a catalytic leader, a visionary thinker, and a proven strategic partner to serve as its next Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost will demonstrate strength in building and supporting a diverse academic community, a nimble and creative approach to evolving academic programs, and a passion for empowering students to become independent, responsible thinkers who are well prepared for careers or further study. Partnering with President Joel Martin, the Provost will exercise stewardship for the College and revitalize the strong foundation already in place at Wagner. The Provost will champion Wagner’s commitment to the practical liberal arts and grow and transform the College’s national profile by way of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Wagner welcomes nominations and applications for this key leadership role.

Wagner College is a private liberal arts institution with professional programs in New York City. The College’s beautiful 105-acre campus on Staten Island is home to a close-knit community of 2,200 bright undergraduate and graduate students. Manhattan, with access to high-profile internships and urban adventures, is just a ferry ride away. The College’s nationally-recognized academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, combines learning communities with experiential learning, internships, and research and spans liberal arts disciplines and professional programs. Students graduate with skills that employers value.

Wagner College offers both undergraduate and graduate education. Academic departments offer over 30 undergraduate majors and six graduate areas of study and span the following: Humanities, Performing and Visual Arts, Professional Programs, Interdisciplinary Programs, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Wagner has 95 full-time faculty, 64 of whom are tenured, and 210 adjuncts with a student to faculty ratio of 14:1. Wagner enrolls 1,750 undergraduate and 450 graduate students from 44 states and 30 foreign countries.

Reporting to the President, the Provost serves as the chief academic officer for the College and a key member of the President’s close-knit and collaborative executive management team. The Provost is responsible for ensuring that academic programs and faculty are student-centered and of the highest quality. The Provost administers and strengthens the College’s degree and curricular programs and is responsible for working closely with faculty to determine their needs, overseeing tenure and promotion decisions, projecting long-range curricular plans, preparing and controlling academic budgets, promoting Wagner to external audiences, securing grants to support academic innovation, and managing educational technologies. Additionally, the Provost oversees six direct reports and works closely with the College’s 17 academic departments.

Under the dynamic leadership of President Martin, the College has entered an exciting period of positive change and momentum. The Provost will help to catalyze this momentum around cultural change and contribute to the College’s forward impetus through addressing the following priorities: supporting faculty and staff; collaboratively assessing, building, and reimagining Wagner’s academic programs; encouraging the continued evolution of teaching and learning by embedding technology into the curriculum in innovative and appropriate ways; cultivating and effectively positioning the College’s nationally recognized performing arts programs and burgeoning programs in the health sciences; fostering the College’s presence, visibility, and positive impact within New York City and the surrounding community and developing vibrant partnerships with area foundations, businesses, and organizations; and fostering a safe, inclusive collegiate community and leading critical campus discourse around inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader and a savvy academic innovator with strong interpersonal skills, a deep understanding of and commitment to the mission and values of Wagner College, a terminal degree within a department or program offered by the College, and a thorough understanding and appreciation of the College’s community-centered culture. The ideal candidate will have a diverse and long-established track record of proven success within an academic environment.

For the full position profile, please visit:

Please send all inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest electronically and in confidence to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director

Lindsay Allison, Senior Associate

Storbeck Search

[email protected] 

Wagner College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its admission, employment, and educational policies. 


A competitive, four-year private college founded in 1883, Wagner College has developed a curriculum that unites deep learning and practical application. The Wagner Plan incorporates our longstanding wagner_college1.jpgcommitment to the liberal arts, experiential learning and interdisciplinary education with our geographical location and enduring bond with New York City.

Wagner College sits atop Grymes Hill in New York City's Borough of Staten Island, a neighborhood of historic turn-of-the-century estates and mansions. Once the American home of the Cunard shipping lines dynasty, Wagner's campus provides a setting that feels far away from the city. With 105 acres of park-like hilltop that overlook the Atlantic Ocean, New York Harbor and Manhattan, we have 23 buildings, including Horrmann Library with over 150,000 volumes.

wagner_college2.jpgThere are 1,929 undergraduates, 300 graduate students enrolled. Our students represent 39 different states and 13 countries. The average SAT for the last incoming class is 1120, average ACT is 26. Their average incoming high school grade average is 88. The most enrolled undergraduate majors at Wagner are Biological Sciences, Business, Psychology, Sociology and Theatre. About 80% of our students overall receive Financial Aid.

With 100 full-time and select adjunct faculty specialists; 95 percent have the highest degree in their field of study.The student-faculty ratio is 16:1

The Honors Program provides challenging and stimulating courses for qualified students who seek an enriched curriculum. Students with excellent academic records will be invited to joinwagner_college3.jpg the Honors Program while other students may join through special application.

Wagner offers extensive opportunities for study abroad in the major urban centers of Asia, Europe and other parts of the world during the academic year and in the summer through the Institute for the International Education of Students.

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