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Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

Clayton State University
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Job Title: Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
Location: Clayton State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 242067
About Us About the University

Clayton State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, has been recognized repeatedly as a “Top Workplace in Atlanta” by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Known for being welcoming, diverse, opportunity rich, and committed to academic success, the University was one of 79 higher education institutions across the nation that The Chronicle of Higher Education selected for its 2017 list of “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Founded in 1969, the University enrolls nearly 7,000 students from 31 states and 42 countries. A Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Clayton State’s student body is 70 percent female and is more than 60 percent African American, almost 10 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Asian, and 15 percent White. The average age of students seeking degrees is 25, with approximately 50 percent of the students being of traditional age.

Students benefit from the personalized attention, small class sizes, outstanding faculty, career guidance and preparation, and a vibrant campus life at Clayton State. The 230 full-time faculty are not only experts in their fields, but also dedicated mentors. Seventy-five percent of the undergraduate instructors hold the highest degrees in their fields.

Emphasizing an environment of experiential-based learning to prepare students to succeed in a diverse society, Clayton State offers 11 graduate degrees, 43 undergraduate degrees, and 5 associate degrees through its four colleges—Arts and Sciences, Business, Health, and Information and Mathematical Sciences. In addition to 22 online degree programs, the University holds classes in McDonough and Peachtree City, Georgia. The University provides opportunities for certificate and exploratory programs through its Continuing and Professional Education unit.

Location The Greater Atlanta Area

Clayton State University is located in Morrow, just south of the city of Atlanta. Whether seeking small-town charm or dynamic city amenities, both are within easy reach.

The city of Morrow, with a population of nearly 10,000 residents, has made the transformation from rural railroad acreage to a modern arena of art, music, history, and outdoor recreation. It is home to the Southeast Region Branch of the U.S. Archives and the main campus of the Georgia Archives. The Reynolds Nature Preserve is a 146-acre preserve with three miles of hiking trails, a nature center with live animals, and preserved barn with farm equipment and a spring house that dates back to 1867.

Downtown Atlanta, the largest metropolitan city in the Southeast, is easily accessible by Interstate 75. Offering authentic Southern hospitality, the city’s metropolitan area is home to 6 million residents. Its economy continues to grow as it attracts a broad range of industries and Fortune 500 corporations. The city has become a center for major film and television production and high-tech companies.

Job Summary

Clayton State University, a comprehensive state university near Atlanta, Georgia, seeks a collaborative, student-focused academic leader with strong experience in strategic planning to serve as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. This accomplished, results-oriented administrator reports directly to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. The date of appointment is negotiable, but the preferred start date is July 1, 2022.

For complete information, see the search profile at

Responsibilities Principal Responsibilities

    Oversee faculty and academic staff recruitment and compensation and facilitate academic developmental opportunities.Ensure compliance with University System of Georgia Board of Regents policies and procedures, SACSCOC requirements, and program-level policies and practices.Oversee the welfare and development of the faculty, student affairs, and academic support personnel to ensure the success of the University’s vision.Negotiate various articulation agreements with other USG institutions and study abroad programs.Direct the University’s academic programs, including the development of new programs and courses of instruction; the implementation, coordination, and assessment of student learning outcomes; and the assessment of all academic programs.Oversee Board of Regents-related academic initiatives.Oversee the implementation of the University’s strategic plan.Provide leadership and assist administrators in the setting of priorities in alignment with the strategic plan, budget priorities, and operational plans.Direct the Office of Institutional Research to provide timely and accurate data to make informed decisions regarding academic programs and services.Effectively utilize talents of academic staff and resources in order to advance the institutional values and goals.Attend various system-wide meetings, such as the Regents’ Advisory Committee for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, online programs, etc.Develop and recommend the annual academic budget, and ensure all academic budgets stay balanced.Manage the deans in assessing student learning, retention, and graduation efforts.Effectively utilize the academic budgets, and prioritize the programs and department needs.Lead efforts within Academic Affairs to support University goals related to student learning, retention, and graduation rates.Collaborate with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching to provide faculty training on pedagogical strategy.Collaborate with Enrollment Management and Student Success to develop and implement strategies for improving student retention and graduation rates.Foster a sense of belonging for all students.Represent the University in a wide range of Advancement functions in support of marketing, public relations, community outreach, and resource development.Perform related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications Qualifications

Candidates must have a doctorate or terminal degree, with sustained teaching and scholarly endeavors appropriate for the rank of Professor. Proven and substantive administrative experience with a record of accomplishments as an administrator at the dean-level or above at a college or university is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    Knowledge of program curriculum review and development, program assessment, and student-learning outcomes and assessmentKnowledge of related federal policies, procedures, regulations, and lawsExtensive knowledge of higher education and its current trends related to roles in senior management Excellent written and verbal communication skillsExcellent time management skills Ability to interact with diverse constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and Board of Regents staffAbility to make important decisions with limited informationAbility to interact effectively with internal employees and external agenciesAbility to conduct meetings, presentations, workshops, etc.Demonstrated ability to analyze and report data relevant to academic affairsDemonstrated knowledge of best practices in higher education
Preferred Knowledge

    Knowledge of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policies, procedures, practices, requirements, and reporting structures
Equal Employment Opportunity Clayton State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Clayton State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

Other Information The Opportunity

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs supervises all academic deans; institutional research; off-campus, online, and outreach programs; and libraries. This senior administrator provides leadership and supervises all matters relating to curriculum and instruction in the University as well as the planning and implementation of the academic curriculum; undergraduate, graduate, and online programs; assessment of learning outcomes; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and other program accreditation, and initiation of new academic programs.

Special Applicant Instructions Application and Nomination Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.


1) Application packet must include:

A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the positionCurriculum vitaeAt least four references with full contact information including e-mails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)2) Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to [email protected] by
May 23, 2022 for best consideration
. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Submit nominations to: [email protected] with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.

Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Amira Bevill, Executive Search Coordinator, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting Clayton State University with this search. Request a conversation regarding this search at [email protected].


As an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University has come a long way since its inception 40 years ago.clayton_state_university1.jpg

The University first opened in September 1969 as Clayton Junior College with Dr. Harry S. Downs as founding president and an enrollment of 942 students. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated it to baccalaureate status as Clayton State College in 1986 and university status as Clayton College & State University in 1996. The school’s current designation as Clayton State University was approved in 2005.

clayton_state_university2.jpgSince Downs’ retirement in January 1994, the University has had two presidents; Dr. Richard A. Skinner, who took office upon Downs’ retirement, and Dr. Thomas K. Harden, who took office in June 2000. When Harden was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Dr. Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes, Jr., was appointed interim president, starting on May 18, 2009. The current enrollment is in excess of 6,000 students and the school provides a multitude of undergraduate degree credit programs that—in the words of the university’s mission statement—provides "career-oriented education with a solid liberal arts foundation."

In addition to more than doubling its undergraduate degrees over the past 10 years, Clayton State also has added seven graduate programs in the past three years. The first, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, began in 2006. Since then, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Business Administration all began in 2007, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs, MAT - English and MAT - Mathematics, in 2009. The Master of Archival Studies is scheduled to begin in 2010.

The past five years at Clayton State have also been highlighted by the establishment of the first joint state and federal archives facilities adjacent to campus, the institution of a comprehensive strategic planning process, the reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the opening of the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City. In a six week period between August and October 2008, the University dedicated three new buildings; the University’s first student housing, the Student Activities Center and a new building for the AACSB-accredited School of Business.


Clayton State is also home to Spivey Hall, the finest small performance facility in the Southeast. First opened in 1991, Spivey Hall is known locally, nationally and internationally for presenting the best in jazz and classical music as well as an education outreach program that serves tens of thousands of school children from throughout metro Atlanta annually.

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