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As a member of the senior leadership team, the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will provide guidance and support to the President in attaining the goals of the Winthrop Plan, the 10-year strategic plan established by President Mahony soon after his arrival in 2015.

The Provost will be expected to take a prominent role in helping Winthrop navigate the higher education landscape. As the chief operating officer, the Provost advises and assists the President in all internal operations of the University. As chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for the creation and implementation of academic programs that align with the strategic plan and mission of Winthrop University.

The ideal candidate will advance a student-centered university experience, value liberal arts and professional education, and possess a record of leadership within an institution where student intellectual development, teaching excellence, and scholarship were supported and enhanced. The candidate will promote collaborative working relationships with the senior leadership team and a range of internal and external constituencies, always seeking positive solutions and cross-divisional input to attain the goals of the University.

The successful applicant will demonstrate outstanding communication skills with the ability to listen, write, and speak with clarity and transparency and with the ability to cultivate a highly engaged workforce while increasing and sustaining workplace morale. Likewise, a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the capacity to strategically guide the creation of a variety of programs and services designed to foster an inclusive campus community are strongly desired attributes.

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The Provost will:

  • Lead and work collaboratively with over 500 faculty and academic personnel to establish and execute priorities for Winthrop’s academic programs and activities and assure the quality of all academic offerings including the successful delivery of student learning outcomes;
  • Manage and support approximately 14 direct reports including deans of the colleges, graduate school, and library as well as the offices of information technology, institutional research and effectiveness, grants and sponsored research, records and registration, and the Provost leadership team;
  • Promote excellence in teaching/learning, professional stewardship, research, technology, and public service;
  • Lead, support, and resource creative approaches to the recruitment, onboarding, professional development, and retention of a diverse, inclusive, and well qualified faculty and staff. Encourage and support continuous professional development of faculty and staff;
  • Seek opportunities to establish and maintain engagement in regional, national, and global academic communities, to include partnering with and learning from other institutions, while exploring areas of academic expansion;
  • Establish University-wide measures of institutional and academic affairs efficiency and effectiveness, monitor progress relative to specific annual and long-term goals, and communicate results of institutional assessment to stakeholders and constituencies;
  • Provide collaborative leadership and coordination, and communicate effectively with the President, the Board, senior leadership, faculty members, staff, students, students’ families, public leaders, and others who contact the Division of Academic Affairs;
  • Serve as an effective partner with other University administrators in developing sound business plans for new programmatic and service initiatives. Enhance and sustain a culture of customer service and constituent satisfaction throughout the institution;
  • Partner with the Board of Trustees, particularly the Academic Quality Committee, to advocate for and advise stakeholders on best practices in academic affairs;
  • Support, in collaboration with institutional units, allocation of University financial and physical resources in a manner consistent with the goals of the Winthrop Plan as approved by the President and the Board of Trustees. Collaborate with the Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs to implement an activity-based budget and allocation model while managing resources to sustain academic excellence. Ensure effective institutional operations, leverage technology and facilities, and facilitate cost efficiency; and
  • Identify and support the pursuit of grants and other external funding sources and explore opportunities to contribute to the establishment of new revenue streams. Participate in institutional fundraising and development activities to support the vision and mission of the Division and University. Coordinate and integrate fundraising at the divisional level.
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