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Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, long recognized as one of the world’s great universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. The university seeks an individual committed to excellence in public higher education with vision and integrity who can work effectively with the chancellor in maintaining and enhancing the university’s distinction as a leader in scholarship, learning, and outreach. On a lakefront campus that is considered one of the nation’s most picturesque, this public, land-grant institution includes a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs, and student activities. The university has approximately 22,000 faculty and staff, over 43,000 students, and an annual budget of more than $2.8 billion.

The provost is the chief academic officer of the University, responsible for overseeing and coordinating the curricular, student, and faculty life on campus. In this role, the provost serves as the chancellor’s partner in articulating and implementing a vision for how the University of Wisconsin-Madison retains and builds on its long history of excellence. The provost works closely with campus leaders, including deans, faculty, staff, and students, to design and implement academic programs, organizational structures, and resource distribution processes to deliver on UW-Madison’s three-fold mission of education, research, and outreach in service to the Wisconsin Idea.

Major qualifications for this position include knowledge of the research/teaching environment in large public universities, substantial experience in higher education, a vision for the future of large public universities, and personal skills and values that result in effective leadership at UW-Madison, especially in support of a diverse and inclusive environment. Candidates must possess a record of scholarship, teaching, and service that qualifies them for tenure at the level of full professor at UW-Madison. Specific qualifications include:

  • experience in working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students in an environment of broad, statutorily defined shared governance;
  • communication skills that lead to effective interactions both inside and outside the university including demonstrated understanding of, and appreciation for, the full range of academic disciplines and lifelong educational programs represented on campus;
  • knowledge (and preferably experience) in the design and implementation of innovative, forward-looking admissions programs that attract a high-quality and diverse mix of students to UW-Madison;
  • a vision for the effective use of technology in delivering learning opportunities, especially within a large, public university;
  • experience developing and analyzing financial models, and implementing the resulting dynamic budget;
  • an ability to work closely and collaboratively with the chancellor and members of her leadership team, and to establish strong working relationships with the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, and the president of the University of Wisconsin System.
  • Applications and nominations must be received by January 10, 2014 to ensure full consideration; however, the search and screen committee will consider applications until it closes the search. The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups. Applicants should include: a current resume or curriculum vita; a comprehensive cover letter that addresses not only how their strengths and experience match the qualifications for the position but also what they see as challenges and opportunities of the position; and the names, addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers of five references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin law the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public. The university, however, is required to release the names of the finalists who will be interviewed by the chancellor.

    Please submit inquiries and nominations/applications to the consultants assisting with the provost search:

    Shelly Storbeck, Managing Partner,

    Charles Bunting, Consulting Partner, and 

    Lesley Boyd, Principal 

    Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP