Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Youngstown, Mahoning County
Jun 13, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs

Youngstown State University, a comprehensive, open-access, urban research university, seeks an experienced educational professional to provide visionary leadership as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the chief academic officer, this dynamic and energetic leader works with the entire University community to achieve YSU’s mission and potential, emphasizing a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service.

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The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports directly to the President. A member of the President’s cabinet, the Provost and VPAA serves as the chief executive officer in the absence of the President.

In May, the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees named James P. Tressel as the University’s ninth president.  Mr. Tressel brings to his new role extensive knowledge of higher education and of YSU, where he previously was Head Football Coach and Executive Director of Athletics. At the time of his appointment, he was Executive Vice President for Student Success at the University of Akron. (More on Mr. Tressel’s appointment is at:

Located in northeastern Ohio, between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Youngstown State University has a diverse student body of more than 13,000 enrolled in six undergraduate colleges and a graduate school. The University has approximately 400 full-time faculty and grants Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master degrees, as well as Doctorates in Educational Leadership, Physical Therapy, and Materials Science and Engineering.

The Provost and VPAA administers the Division of Academic Affairs, which includes:

  • Beeghly College of Education
  • Bitonte College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Creative Arts & Communication
  • College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Williamson College of Business Administration
  • School of Graduate Studies and Research

Also reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs are the library, international studies, and the outreach and continuing education endeavors of the University.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will:

  • lead the continuing development and implementation of the Academic Strategic Plan, addressing the mission and goals of the University
  • play a leadership role in University planning including innovative initiatives, such as the Early College Program and the Rich Center for Autism
  • foster an environment that stimulates outstanding teaching, scholarship, and creative activity
  • lead Academic Affairs’ participation in enrollment management initiatives including improvement of retention and graduation rates
  • manage the Academic Affairs budget
  • coordinate faculty recruitment, employment, and development
  • provide leadership for academic program review and development
  • coordinate academic public services
  • supervise the integrity of academic records


An earned terminal degree and college teaching experience are required. A successful record of academic research and scholarship and credentials appropriate for full rank and tenure in an academic department are requisite. Prior academic administrative leadership experience is preferred.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will have extensive experience providing innovative leadership for academic planning; program development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as personnel management. Along with the ability to communicate excellence in teaching, this leader will have a commitment to scholarship, including that of teaching and learning; creative activity; and public and professional service.

The preferred candidate also will have:

  • evidence of experience within a collective bargaining environment
  • strong communication and leadership abilities, as well as  interpersonal skills
  • knowledge of key and emerging issues in urban and metropolitan higher education
  • demonstrated experience in inter-institutional collaboration, as well as the challenges and opportunities presented to state-assisted institutions of higher education
  • strong financial management skills with the ability to make strategic budget decisions within resource limitations
  • an understanding of and commitment to the use of emerging technology for the enhancement of education and familiarity with consequent issues in higher education
  • experience with a mix of residential and commuting/traditional and non-traditional students
  • an awareness of the relationship between student affairs and academic affairs
  • an understanding and strong commitment to distance learning in general and web-based instruction in particular
  • an understanding of the role of a metropolitan university in advancing the economic development in the region
  • a demonstrated commitment to an inclusive campus community, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discriminatory practices
  • the actual achievement of diversity among faculty, students, and staff
  • an understanding and respect for shared governance
  • the ability to communicate excellence in teaching
  • a commitment to scholarship, including the scholarship of teaching and learning, creative activity, and public and professional service
  • personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, compassion, resilience, energy, and a sense of humor, along with a leadership style emphasizing openness, consultation, and collaboration

About Youngstown State University

The University was founded in 1908, when the local branch of the YMCA established a school of law within the Youngstown Association School. The School transitioned over the next 60 years to Youngstown Institute of Technology, Youngstown College, Youngstown University, and finally to Youngstown State University in 1967, when it became part of the Ohio state system.

Today, YSU is a vibrant, thriving institution of higher learning, serving generations of individuals and families across Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and around the globe. The University has a strong commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service as evidenced by awards in teaching excellence, growth in external funding, and strong community partnerships. 

YSU seeks to enhance its undergraduate programs, to build and expand graduate programs, to further develop its role in research and development, to strengthen its global partnerships, and to play new leadership roles in the education and economic lives of its community and region.

The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, including certificates, associate’s, and bachelor’s degrees. In graduate education, there are 35 master’s programs and three doctoral programs. Additionally, YSU actively participates in a consortium with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), thereby offering pathways to medical and pharmacy degrees.

Study abroad and faculty-led study tours throughout the world are available to students through the Center for International Studies and Programs.

A wide variety of student support services, including free tutoring, supplemental instruction, and peer mentoring, are offered through the Marion G. Resch Center for Student Progress to enhance student success.

As called for in the State of Ohio’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education, YSU has named four Centers of Excellence: Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Chemical Biology, International Business, and Autistic Studies.

Approximately 11,670 undergraduates and 1,150 graduate students are enrolled for Spring 2014. Minority students represent 20.5 percent of the total student population, with international students comprising an additional one percent of the total enrollment. Non-traditional students are 30 percent of the undergraduate population at YSU.

While YSU serves a large number of commuter students, roughly 10 percent of students live in campus or campus-related housing. Students in the University Scholars program, Honors, Emerging Leaders Community, and the B.S./M.D. program reside in Cafaro House, an honors-dedicated residence hall.

YSU has 405 full-time faculty members. Additionally, there are 36 departmental chairpersons who are administrators with some teaching responsibilities. The average undergraduate class size is 26 in lecture classes and 10 in labs, with an overall student to faculty ratio of 18:1.

Faculty members are actively engaged in research. YSU faculty were awarded $5.2 million in external grants and contracts in the first half of FY2014.

Youngstown’s academic and classified staff include 694 full-time and 283 part-time employees. Critical to the overall success of the institution and of individual students, they recruit, advise, register, employ, lead, and engage students outside the classroom.

Beyond the traditional classroom learning experience, YSU has a growing number of online programs. Expanding online options for students and increasing use of technology in the classroom are institutional priorities. Increasing distance learning is included in YSU 2020, the University’s strategic plan, as a way to improve student satisfaction with academic and non-academic experiences.

The Office of Distance Education works with faculty members to develop online courses that follow best practice strategies and assists students by providing full life cycle customer service and support. The University currently offers two undergraduate and five graduate programs fully online with plans to launch the Master’s of Financial Economics and the RN-to-BSN in the Fall of 2014.

YSU employees are represented by four unions: YSU service employees by YSU-FOP (police officer and dispatchers) and YSU-ACE (classified staff); professional/administrative employees by YSU-APAS; and the faculty by YSU-OEA. The University has a long history of effective collective bargaining. Additionally, YSU has made considerable strides increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff during this decade.

The Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget was $178,650,000. State of Ohio operating appropriations make up 25 percent of total general fund revenues, while tuition and fee income comprise over 70 percent of general fund revenues.

The University has one of the largest endowments in the state, dedicated principally to student scholarships and other student-oriented initiatives. The YSU Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization with a separate governing board, had assets of approximately $200 million on December 31, 2013. The Foundation distributes approximately $5 million to $6 million on an annual basis in recent years to the University for scholarships, academic programs, and other support.

The YSU campus has a park-like central core ringed by classroom and administrative buildings, many of which have been constructed in the past 25 years. The University also maintains historic buildings, such as Jones Hall, a limestone structure built in 1931. The campus does not fit the mold of a city university and provides a beautiful and peaceful setting and a wide variety of trees and plant life. The newest addition to the campus is the $34.3 million, 110,000-square-foot Williamson College of Business Administration building, which houses classroom and laboratory facilities, including a simulated trading floor.

The University recently installed a $1.5 million comprehensive campus communication and alarm system to enhance student and campus safety.

YSU is an NCAA Division I Institution. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and track and field. Women’s sports are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The football team, which won four national championships within its division in the 1990s, is in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). The other 16 teams compete in the Horizon League.

YSU student-athletes also excel in the classroom as well as in their sports. During the 2011-12 academic year, 83 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. More than 50 percent received at least a 3.0 GPA.

About Youngstown, Ohio

An hour from Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Youngstown offers a high quality of life, reasonable cost of living, and quality, affordable housing. The surrounding Mahoning Valley region has an overall population of more than 600,000.

Outstanding health care is available. Local hospital systems Humility of Mary Health Partners and Valley Care have several facilities in the region. Akron Children’s Hospital has a local branch, with the internationally renowned Cleveland Clinic system nearby.

The area provides a broad array of cultural arts and entertainment offerings. Museums, community theatre, concerts, symphony orchestra, and a local United States Hockey League team, the Youngstown Phantoms, are all available.

YSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.

Nominations and Application Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited. Nominations should include the name, current position, e-mail address, and telephone number of the individual being nominated.

Application materials should include a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, academic curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five references.

Nominations and application materials must be submitted to:

Applications materials should be submitted by August 4, 2014.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Youngstown State University with this search. The lead consultants are:

            Emily Parker Myers                                              Kenny Daugherty
              President and CEO                                 Executive Vice President and COO              

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