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Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis (Washington University), one of the nation’s premier private institutions of higher education, seeks a distinguished academic and administrative leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This is an exceptional opportunity for an ambitious and seasoned leader to join one of the world’s leading research universities during an exciting moment of change and transformation. Andrew Martin began his tenure as Chancellor on June 1, 2019 and the next provost will join the leadership of a university whose academic excellence, status, and reputation have risen remarkably over the past two decades, securing its position among the world’s leading research universities. As chief academic officer, the provost will partner with Chancellor Martin to further enhance the university’s academic distinction without changing its core identity as a rigorous research-intensive university that simultaneously fosters collaboration, provides a personalized experience for students, and cares deeply about its community—both on campus and across the St. Louis region.

Founded in 1853, Washington University today is nationally and internationally renowned for teaching, learning, research, service to society, and patient care. The university’s investment in the highest quality of undergraduate and graduate education, the excellence of its top-ranked medical school and school of social work, and the success of many of its units, including top-ranked programs in the departments of arts & sciences, law, business, engineering, and design and visual arts, will form an ideal platform for the provost, in close partnership with the chancellor and deans, to accelerate its remarkable upward trajectory.

The provost reports to the chancellor and is responsible for the academic enterprise across Danforth Campus, the university’s main campus. The provost will convene the deans of the major academic units, as well as the leaders of numerous centers, programs, and institutes, to promote academic excellence and scholarly activity, facilitate cross-disciplinary connections and foster improvements and innovations in teaching and research.

Ponneh Varho is leading this search with Jeff Kessner.


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