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Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC

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Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with experience

Position Summary:

The University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost. This critical role is responsible for administering all academic and administrative policies and operation of the division, which includes: Office of the Deans, Academic Departments and Programs, Academic Success Center, Academic Advising and Support, Ramsey Library, Undergraduate Research, Center for Teaching and Learning, Honors Program, Writing Center, Study Abroad, Registrar’s Office, STEAM Studio, and Academic Budgeting.
Reporting to the Chancellor, the Provost will be the lead voice of UNC Asheville’s academic enterprise. The Provost will partner with the Chancellor to set the tone for effective and healthy shared governance, ensuring the University remains mission aligned, future-focused, and innovation-driven.
Responsibilities Include
LEADERSHIPThe Provost is the senior institutional leader responsible for the academic strategy and a key thought partner to the Chancellor, ensuring the University remains mission aligned, future-focused, and innovation-driven. The Provost works collaboratively with direct reports to recommend academic priorities; oversees appropriate resource allocation; ensures that the institution is responsive to the University of North Carolina System; and develops strong academic leadership across the University. The Provost is an essential component of the Chancellor’s leadership team and, as the Chief Academic Officer, represents the University across the UNC system and represents the Chancellor during absences. The Provost is a member of the Senior Staff, the Faculty Senate, and many administrative and academic committees of the University. The Provost is expected to be a significant contributor to academic policy across UNC Asheville as well as at the System level. Administratively, the Provost is directly responsible for leadership and resource allocation in the Division of Academic Affairs. The Provost is the primary liaison with the Faculty Senate, its committees and all shared governance processes. The Provost oversees all hiring, evaluation and program review within the Division of Academic Affairs.
STUDENT SUCCESSThe Provost will work to ensure ease of access and the necessary financial and academic support of a diverse student body, reducing and removing barriers that hinder goal attainment. The Provost will seek to enhance student success initiatives and increase retention and graduation rates. The Provost will engage the faculty, deans, and University leadership in dialogue to ensure that programs remain competitive and relevant, maintain a broad reach, and ensure the greatest access and potential success of participants.
COLLABORATIONThe Provost will work to foster collaborative conversations, integrate curricula, assess opportunities, build new programs, and establish strategic partnerships that align with the academic vision of the University and the needs of Western North Carolina.
REGIONAL TRANSFORMATIONThe Provost will encourage the use of knowledge created by the University to contribute tosolving challenges in the region such as technological resources, health issues, advanced manufacturing, and rural development. A critical component of the role is to partner with business and community leaders to identify workforce needs and develop programs to fill those gaps. As the academic architect of the University, the provost will work with faculty, staff, and the community to provide dynamic educational experiences to prepare students to lead in a complex society and engage the region with social and economic opportunities.
ASSESSMENT / PROGRAM EVALUATIONThe Provost will oversee and guide a culture of integrity, ethical behavior, data analysis, and the promotion of best practices and continuous improvement. The position will reinforce continuous improvement processes that regularly evaluate academic programs and curricula. The Provost will lead improvements in curriculum review, revision, and development. The position will ensure successful continuance of institutional and specialized accreditation for the University and support a system of assessment, evaluation, and academic program review.
OTHERThe Provost oversees multiple offices, departments, and programs within the division and is responsible for their growth, quality and responsiveness to the University mission. Among the most important responsibilities is to ensure strong leadership in every college, school, and unit.

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Candidates must have a terminal degree from an accredited university.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in an academic environment.
  • Minimum of 7 years of leadership experience in higher education or comparable environment.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Ability to understand and clearly and persuasively promote a public liberal arts and sciences university that has a deep commitment to the Western North Carolina region.
  • A collaborative approach to leadership, coupled with the ability to exercise authority, prioritize, and make strategic decisions.
  • Understanding of what is involved to lead academic change and the driving forces that create change in public universities.
  • Extensive knowledge of the interrelationships between recruitment strategies, enrollment, tuition revenue, and programmatic costs.
  • Exceptional budgetary and financial management acumen, including awareness of the near-term interdependencies and long-term implications of financial decisions in a large, complex organization.
  • Strong teaching, service and community engagement.
  • Ability to confidently, accurately, and positively promote UNC Asheville’s successes to internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated track record of working collaboratively and with integrity, seeking partnerships and maximizing resources.
  • Resource allocation and priority-setting.
  • An innovative mindset with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and the dynamic work ethic necessary to take full advantage of opportunities to advance the institution as they emerge.
  • Strategic planning and executing a strategic plan.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

How to apply:For priority consideration, please provide (1) a letter of interest, and (2) resume or curriculum vitae (CV) by January 30, 2024 to This position will be open until it is filled. Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and/or application process to Please note a criminal background and reference checks will be conducted on the candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment.
Application Information Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned. Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations. It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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