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Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Irvine, CA

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks a distinguished scholar to serve as its next provost and executive vice chancellor. This is a unique opportunity to lead the academic enterprise of a growing research university as it continues its remarkable trajectory, working in concert with a diverse university community to advance academic achievement, premier research, and educational innovation and access. Despite the fiscal challenges presented to higher education by COVID-19, UCI remains well positioned financially through prudent campus management and continued application growth. The new provost will join UCI at an exciting and critical time, partnering with Chancellor Howard Gillman to implement strategy and vision to ensure that UCI is well-poised to meet the demands of an evolving higher education landscape while engaging with the broader Orange County community. The provost will harness the academic aspirations of a young, nimble campus, and with a foundation of wide consultation, actualize them through decisions that ensure the continued growth of UCI’s global impact and reputation.

As a recently designated Hispanic-serving institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution, UCI is home to nearly 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 1,300 ladder-rank faculty, and over 11,000 campus and medical center staff members. The university continues to excel in student interest, experiencing a nearly 40% rise in applications over the last five years, holding the number one campus for California freshman applications. Founded as an interdisciplinary university, it boasts excellence across its arts and sciences core and in its professional schools and has been ranked among the top 10 public universities in the nation for six consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. As one of the youngest members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UCI combines the strengths of a major research institution with the dynamism and agility of an emergent campus. In addition, its mission as a public land grant institution plays a significant role in contributing to the advancement of the state, the nation and the world.

UCI seeks in its new provost an inspiring leader who combines academic ambition with collegiality, integrity and energy. In addition to representing scholarly distinction and appropriate administrative experience, the successful candidate will be an enterprising and collaborative leader who is deeply committed to continuing the work of building a great university. The next provost and executive vice chancellor is expected to:

  • Catalyze campus around the implementation of a strategic and shared vision
  • Inspire and facilitate meaningful cross-campus collaboration
  • Embrace and further UCI’s efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Foster and enhance an already strong academic infrastructure
  • Reinforce and enhance the University’s commitment to student success
  • Build a culture of transparency, communication, and accessibility
  • Dramatically increase the volume and impact of research to raise the prominence of UCI
  • Champion UCI’s significant impact in Orange County, Southern California, and beyond

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Joe Kralick and Courtney Wilk-Mandel.


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