Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for a visionary and inspiring leader to serve as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVC & Provost).
UC Merced is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment characterized by a commitment to excellence, inclusion, synergistic collaboration and professional development. Offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, and supporting strong research and academic partnerships and extensive community engagement, UC Merced continues to chart a trajectory of excellence that facilitates the success of talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management, and staff.
UC Merced offers 31 majors, 28 minors, and 18 graduate programs through its three schools - the School of Engineering, the School of Natural Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts - taught by more than 450 faculty members, along with visiting professors and lecturers from many different backgrounds and leading universities across the nation and around the world. Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California.
UC Merced has a dual focus on excellence and access. The University is proud to enroll a large portion of first-generation students and boasts a diverse student body that reflects its status as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). UC Merced is a campus community that both achieves excellence in learning, discovery, and service, and centers the well-being of its members by intentionally honoring and welcoming their diverse perspectives and contributions.
The University, which is guided by a long-range vision of sustainable construction and design, supports the economic, social, and cultural, development of Merced and the surrounding region and enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
UC Merced's recently completed Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus by enhancing academic distinction, bolstering student success, and boosting research excellence. In addition, UC Merced's Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building, was constructed in the heart of Merced in 2018. For more detailed information about the campus, visit https://www.ucmerced.edu/
Reporting directly to the Chancellor and serving as a member of the Chancellor's senior leadership team, the EVC & Provost is the chief academic officer who provides broad vision and executive leadership to campus-wide policy, planning, initiatives and operations. The EVC and Provost works closely with the Chancellor in the formulation and implementation of academic and administrative policies, serves as Acting Chancellor and his cabinet in the Chancellor's absence and is the liaison to the UC Merced Academic Senate. In pursuing these responsibilities, the EVC and Provost collaborates with academic leaders across campus and the University of California system, building on campus strengths, creating synergies and supporting collaboration for the greater benefit of the campus academic enterprise, UC Merced, and the University of California.
The EVC & Provost has broad oversight, policy, and management responsibilities for academic activities at the University. With support from several academic support units, the EVC & Provost is key to setting strategic directions and priorities for UC Merced's core academic mission. This includes a leadership role in enrollment management, the enhancement of existing and creation of new undergraduate and graduate programs as well as championing and creating an outstanding climate of collaboration and support for UC Merced's research mission and commitment to the region. The EVC and Provost advances the university's organizational effectiveness through equity-minded leadership and inclusive practice.
For a full position profile and list of qualifications, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/UCMEVCP.pdf
Application and Nomination Process
The Search Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and a statement of contributions to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in their professional careers. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:
Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Cruz, Partner
Refer to code “UCM-EVCProvost” in the subject line
SP&A Executive Search
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The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.
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