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Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Riverside, CA

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks a collaborative, mission-oriented, and outstanding academic leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (Provost). Reporting to the Chancellor, the Provost will join UCR at a pivotal moment as the university seeks to build upon its track record of remarkable achievements in research and propelling student success. The next Provost will help drive the university forward to further deliver exceptional research, education, and innovation as one of the country’s top public research universities.

One of 10 campuses within the prestigious University of California system, UCR has evolved into a top-notch research university that excels at providing access to higher education while also contributing significant intellectual and social capital to the community, state, nation, and the world. It is increasingly lauded for the successful outcomes of its ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student population and is repeatedly recognized for the strength of its faculty and research through competitive awards and extramural funding. In 2019, UCR was ranked number one among National Universities for Social Mobility, enrolling and graduating a large proportion of Pell Grant recipients. UCR is led by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, who has set an ambitious agenda to grow the academic enterprise while setting a national standard for how a university can operate, educate a diverse population, conduct research, and engage the broader community.

As UCR embarks on a new strategic planning process, the Provost will work closely with faculty, staff, and students within a strong shared governance structure to determine the university’s strategic priorities and establish a plan to help the university continue to grow in both size and impact. The Provost will bring a commitment to UCR’s mission, pushing the university to be truly exceptional on all fronts and helping to set the stage for future preeminence. In leading UCR to achieve these aspirational goals, the Provost will address the follow key opportunities and challenges:

  • In partnership with the UCR community, define, shape, and implement a strategic vision for the future
  • Continue to build and support world class research
  • Enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience
  • Leverage shared governance with faculty and staff to advance UCR’s strategic vision
  • Formulate and implement strategic plan to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the university
  • Provide strong internal leadership to catalyze and sustain innovation
  • Mature the physical and organizational infrastructure of the campus
  • Advocate for the campus externally and within the UC system

Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement. In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” applicants should describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. For best consideration, please apply by January 10, 2020.

Cati Mitchell-Crossley is leading this search with Ludi Chow.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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