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Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks an entrepreneurial and strategic leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (provost). This individual will join NKU at a critical moment, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, with unprecedented challenges facing public higher education. Courageous leadership is more important than ever. NKU’s next provost will work alongside a dynamic and visionary president and a highly talented and committed leadership team. The provost will be unafraid to challenge academic conventions, but only following deep consultation and with an authentic investment in collegial governance, to help NKU fulfill its vision of a student-ready and regionally engaged institution.

NKU is a flourishing public university located in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati metropolitan area, just minutes away from downtown Cincinnati. Nationally recognized as a steward of place, NKU is a model for public engagement through the alignment of its teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and economic and civic mission with the needs of the region. The university delivers innovative, student-centered education and engages in impactful scholarly and creative endeavors, all of which empower learners to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic, and social vitality of the region. A young institution, NKU can reflect on its five decades with pride, and more recently at the founding of two new colleges; the construction of several new buildings on campus, including the state-of-the-art Health Innovation Center; welcoming the inaugural UK College of Medicine cohort to the Northern Kentucky campus, and a successful transition to Division I athletics.

The ideal candidate will possess a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with full professor status at NKU; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a proven history of forging and leveraging strategic community partnerships; experience in senior academic administration with a record of supporting student success, and managing complex change initiatives in a collaborative and consensus-building environment.  

Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a letter of interest and curriculum vitae, should be submitted via this website. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Ponneh Varho is leading this search with Marc St. Hilaire.

NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The institution encourages applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.


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