Millikin University invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Provost. The position reports directly to the president and serves as the chief academic officer for the institution. The next Provost will begin service around July 1, 2014.
Millikin University was founded in 1901 around the vision to “unite the literary and classical with the scientific and practical” - a vision Millikin embraces yet today as a national leader in performance-based learning. The University is located in Decatur, Illinois, a city of 76,000 within three hours driving distance of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
After a period of pervasive leadership changes, Dr. Patrick White came as Interim President in the summer of 2013 and was elected by the Board of Trustees as Millikin’s 15th president October 9, 2013. In the period since his arrival on campus, he has affirmed Millikin’s many strengths, put forward a strategy for addressing the institution’s challenges inherent in these times, and engendered a sense of optimism and readiness for the next phase of Millikin’s institutional life. The next Provost will arrive at a time when faculty and staff are eager for new academic leadership and ready to move forward.
The University is organized into four colleges - The College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, the College of Fine Arts, and the Tabor School of Business – offering 59 undergraduate majors and 27 minors. Graduate degrees are offered in business and nursing. In addition, Millikin has an adult evening accelerated program (PACE) that dovetails with Millikin’s service to and partnership with the Decatur-area community. These programs enroll approximately 2,300 undergraduates including 250 PACE students and 80 graduate students.
The agenda for new academic leadership includes sustaining and enhancing an already strong academic program, providing confident and strong leadership for the academic sector and university as a member of the senior leadership team, building bridges between and among internal and external constituents, embracing and celebrating diversity in all its aspects, and advocating for Millikin University and its academic mission.
The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree, a record of teaching and scholarship, and evidence of significant academic leadership with increasing responsibility. He/she will demonstrate: an understanding of sector specific as well as institutional issues, the ability to inspire trust and confidence, respect for traditions while advancing innovative ideas for Millikin’s future, an enjoyment of the role of provost, visibility and accessibility, effective communication skills, and a commitment to the mission and vision of Millikin University.
Nominations and Inquiries
The Search Committee will begin review of applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by February 20, 2014 and include a substantive letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with e-mail; addresses and phone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to MUProvost@agbsearch.com. The search is being assisted by:
Saundra J. Tracy, Ph.D., AGB Search
Millikin University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Millikin University makes no distinction in it employment policies or procedures on grounds of age, race, gender, religious belief, color, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.