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Executive Vice President and Provost Richmond, VA

The University of Richmond seeks a distinguished academic and administrative leader to serve as its Executive Vice President and Provost. Richmond’s profile is unique in higher education; it combines one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation with excellent professional schools and an impressive record of scholarship. As the chief academic officer, the next Provost will serve as an important member of the senior leadership team, helping sustain and strengthen Richmond’s positioning among the nation’s leading institutions. Reporting to President Kevin Hallock, the Provost will play a key role in operationalizing a new strategic plan focused on holistic academic excellence, supporting the priorities of a new presidential administration as the University enters the next era of its dynamic trajectory. 

The University of Richmond offers a distinctive educational experience where academic and campus life are well integrated and the faculty and student relationship is at the core. Ranked 18th among liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report, Richmond is home to an intellectually rich and diverse community of 3,300 traditional undergraduates, 850 graduate and adult learners, 1,200 staff, and 650 faculty. Organized into five schools (arts and sciences, leadership studies, business, law, and professional and continuing studies) and exceptionally well-resourced to meet its high ambitions, the University offers both the close-knit community of a small college and opportunities that rival those of larger institutions, including innovative research, a strong Division I athletics program, and the nation’s only Spider mascot.  The University is on a gorgeous campus and near a vibrant and dynamic city and region.

The Provost’s purview at the University of Richmond is broad and diverse and includes all of academic affairs and research and scholarship. The position requires a leader who is comfortable navigating complexity and who has the collaborative talents necessary to bring together many constituents. In addition to advancing academic excellence, the next Provost will prioritize enhancing Richmond’s integrated undergraduate student experience and champion diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) initiatives on campus. They will also manage the strategic allocation of resources to support academic institutional goals and priorities. The successful candidate will bring a deep interest in shaping the future of higher education through innovative and collaborative leadership and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement. 

Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including CVs and letters of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above) should be submitted electronically below. 

Kate Barry is leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr Weithman. 

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community strongly encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity.

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