Washington State University (WSU), a distinguished and comprehensive public research institution with multiple campuses, seeks an inspirational, enterprising, and strategic academic leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice President (Provost). Reporting to the President, the Provost serves as the University’s chief academic officer. Working in close collaboration with WSU’s senior leadership team, the Provost will lead the academic enterprise and harness the University’s momentum to propel it toward its goal of becoming one of the top 25 public research universities in the nation. The Provost will demonstrate evidence of success elevating a large, complex research institution; a passion for growth and innovation; and dedication to delivering a transformational education to all students.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, WSU is Washington’s land-grant university. The University seeks to improve the quality of life on a local, national, and global scale, and WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. The University enrolls nearly 31,700 students, employs more than 7,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff statewide, and offers several highly ranked academic programs on its five physical campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett) and online through the Global Campus. WSU Extension offices are located in each of the state’s 39 counties, and the University operates Research and Extension Centers in key agricultural areas. WSU offers 95 academic majors for undergraduates, 79 master’s degree programs, and 63 doctoral degree programs, as well as professional degree programs in medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.
This is an exciting time to join WSU under the strategic and forward-looking leadership of President Kirk Schulz, who became the University’s 11th president in June 2016. Shortly after his arrival, President Schulz announced the Drive to 25, which calls for WSU to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement, by 2030. President Schulz is also leading the development of WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, founded in 2015 to expand access to health care in underserved areas of the state and to provide additional opportunities for Washingtonians to gain a medical degree in-state. The college is located on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, which educates the state’s future physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals in world-class facilities.
The incoming Provost will play a key role in helping the University achieve its strategic goals, including delivering on the Drive to 25, through deliberative collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and administrators, and by bringing decisive vision for continued growth. Already, WSU has recruited and retained an excellent faculty, made strategic investments in academic and research priorities, built interdisciplinary collaborations across academic units and campuses, and expanded academic offerings statewide. To further advance these goals, the next Provost will work with University leaders to shape the future of WSU by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges:
- Lead efforts to develop a comprehensive model for an exceptional and seamless student educational experience across all campuses
- Ensure and strengthen academic excellence and innovation
- Strengthen collaborative relationships across the system
- Develop a comprehensive system-wide enrollment management strategy
- In collaboration with WSU communities, build programs with measurable goals to improve diversity and inclusiveness on all campuses
- Establish strong operational and management processes to support WSU’s growth and success
- Serve as a WSU ambassador and academic champion, enhancing the visibility of the University system locally, nationally, and beyond
A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the Provost can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to provide background information and detail the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.