Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs



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Lamar University

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Lamar University in their search for Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

For best consideration, please apply by April 1, 2022

Lamar University seeks an accomplished, student-focused leader with an established track record of visionary leadership and strategic planning to become the next Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA).

In addition to being a collaborative, results-focused, external facing academic leader, the Provost and VPAA will be a strong advocate for both faculty and students alike, effectively balancing the needs across campus. The ideal candidate can successfully lead and support faculty and staff in establishing and achieving the university’s strategic, long-term goals and the next phase of the university. The Provost and VPAA will promote stability and growth in enrollment, support transparency across campus, and create an intrinsic working relationship between student affairs and the undergraduate experience.

Reporting directly to the President, the Provost and VPAA is responsible for the academic operations of the University. The Provost and VPAA has oversight of all units within the Division of Academic Affairs including five academic colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Education and Human Development, and Fine Arts and Communication), the Reaud Honors College, and the College of Graduate Studies. The successful candidate will have a holistic understanding of academia and be able to identify areas of growth in each academic college. Additionally, the Provost and VPAA will establish a strategic direction and oversee activities to advance and support Lamar University’s academic mission and vision. The Provost and VPAA plays a key role in the allocation of budgetary resources, academic integrity, program development and the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Fosters intellectual growth, student learning, and scholarly and creative activities by providing academic strategic planning, administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs at the University, providing leadership in internationalizing the campus, recruiting high quality faculty, and advancing multidisciplinary scholarship.
  • Demonstrates sound fiscal management and empirical-based decision making by partnering with the Vice President for Finance and Operations/CFO/COO in overseeing program development, budgets, and facilities of all academic and academic support units.
  • Ensures an active and expanding dialogue with external constituencies by encouraging partnerships with external constituents and public organizations, engaging in effective university advancement (including alumni affairs, fundraising, and advocacy on behalf of the institution), and facilitating the Public Affairs mission of the University.
  • Implements the strategic academic vision by authorizing faculty appointments, recommending all promotions and tenure decisions to the President, making final decisions about the allocation of classroom and research space, working closely with the Associate Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs in implementing and evaluating major research initiatives of the University, working with the Vice President for Student Affairs in addressing the educational support needs and extra-curricular priorities for students, and with the other Vice Presidents and senior leadership of the University in coordinating and overseeing the overall academic mission of the University.
  • Provide leadership in matters of academic policy and administration and regularly advise the President on these matters.
  • Coordinate with the College Deans and Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management and Marketing, and other key leaders in the preparation of the class schedule and course catalog each semester and approves the final class schedule and course offerings.

About the University
Home to more than 17,000 students, Lamar University is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. Lamar University (LU) is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

The university stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program. Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is one of 29 public universities recognized as a Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Several LU colleges and programs hold additional specialized certifications and accreditations recognizing their quality and expertise.

Lamar University ranks in top 10 best public universities in Texas.

Living in the Area
With a population of over 115,000 in Beaumont and 409,000 in the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan area, the region boasts a lower cost of living than the national average and most cities in the state. The area’s destiny changed course dramatically in 1901 when the first oil well blew in the nearby Spindletop field and turned the area from a quiet lumber and port town into a thriving oil and gas economy, with one of the largest concentrations of oil refineries, oil, and petrochemical-related businesses in the state. This has given way to countless job opportunities in the area – for science, research, engineering, and higher education. Living in Beaumont has a cosmopolitan and small-town feel wrapped in one – it can be fast paced, as people typically live and work closely together, but also has strong small town community roots and friendly neighbors ready to lend a hand. There is always a new restaurant to try and good nightlife in the area. Education options are abundant in Beaumont, with all education rankings high on national and statewide levels compared to other cities. The gulf coastline offers sweeping, gorgeous sunsets and beach strolls, with exciting places like Houston or Lake Charles, LA for getaways only an hour away.

Job Posting Link to Apply:
Lamar University – Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs – Academic Career & Executive Search (

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Minimum Requirements:

  • Earned doctorate degree
  • Academic credentials consistent with the rank of full professor, or eligibility to be appointed at the rank of full professor at date of hire, as demonstrated by a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly publications, and/or creative accomplishments that exhibit commitment to academic excellence.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a minimum of five years of progressively responsible, successful experience as an academic administrator at the level of Dean or equivalent involving both graduate and undergraduate students, including responsibility for budget, personnel, and evaluation.
  • Experience with best practices in student success resulting in demonstrated positive results
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment of program effectiveness, and development of policy to enhance academic units within the University and with the national accrediting bodies.
  • Appreciation of the role and mission of a public comprehensive university.
  • Proven transparent and collaborative leadership acting as a trusted team builder as well as internal and external advocate
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to diversity and an understanding of its many forms, including creating and nurturing diversity among faculty, staff, administrators, and students
  • Passion for preparing students for productive and successful lives

Preferred Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Preferred Requirements:

  • A commitment to academic values including shared governance and evidence of strong abilities to work effectively and collaboratively with University administration, faculty, students, staff, and other constituent groups and partners, both within and outside the University
  • Experience with innovative experiential learning opportunities for students including, but not limited to, undergraduate research, study abroad, service learning, and co-op opportunities
  • Previous experience with enrollment management practices engaging academic programs and faculty in new student recruitment and resulting in enrollment growth
  • An inherent interdisciplinary focus and commitment to innovative collaboration across diverse academic units and disciplines
  • Demonstrated competencies utilizing new technologies to deliver educational services including experience with online program development and delivery
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development of faculty and academic administrators
  • Experience in developing and/or securing extramural grant and contract funding

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Lamar Expectation of Quality:

Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To Apply
Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES) is assisting Lamar University. Inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated confidentially.

For best consideration, please apply by April 1, 2022

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita.

Please do not email applications.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Inquiries and questions: Please send to [email protected]
Nominations and referrals: Please send to [email protected]
Job Posting Link to Apply: Lamar University – Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs – Academic Career & Executive Search (

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Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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