Senior Vice President and Provost
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

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The University of Oregon, a distinguished public research university in Eugene, Oregon, invites nominations and applications for an innovative academic leader to serve as Senior Vice President and Provost. This position reports directly to the President and requires a talented administrator capable of leading the University into a new era of growth and self-sufficiency built upon excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching.

The University of Oregon (UO) is the flagship institution of the Oregon University System, a network of seven public universities across the state. Located just over an hour from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, and two hours from the city of Portland, the university currently enrolls almost 25,000 students, including 21,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduates. It is one of 62 member institutions of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), offers nearly 300 comprehensive academic programs, and is home to more than 25 research centers and institutes.

This is a momentous time in the 140 year history of the university; the past year has seen a new President, Dr. Michael Gottfredson, take office and Oregon state legislators approve a bill allowing the UO to develop an independent governing board. The next Senior Vice President and Provost will have the opportunity to develop and implement strategies that help lead and ensure the continued growth and success of the campus’ schools, colleges, research centers, and institutes.

In this critical role the Senior Vice President and Provost will lead the UO by addressing a set of key opportunities and challenges. In summary, s/he will:
  • Elevate the academic standing and national stature of the university
  • Develop and implement a clear and compelling strategic plan for the next generation of success
  • Recruit, retain, and develop an increasingly distinguished and diverse faculty
  • Promote internal transparency and communication
  • Encourage increased infrastructure and professionalism of the campus
  • Support continued excellence through interdisciplinary and cross-school investment
  • Serve as a compelling and effective advocate and external ambassador for the university
The individual who assumes the position of Senior Vice President and Provost must be an accomplished leader, have the ability to articulate a strong vision for the university, and possess a commitment to teaching and research excellence. S/he must understand the role and importance of the public university in society, and should be committed to finding ways to enhance research and educational prominence and improve outcomes to serve the university’s community broadly. The person must demonstrate an ability to navigate complexities facing all public universities in the current political, financial, technological, and global environment. Unquestionably the Senior Vice President and Provost should have a positive attitude; an active, energetic academic mind; and a leadership style that is characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to diversity, openness, collaboration, and integrity.

The University of Oregon has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent in confidence to:

David Bellshaw, Bernard R. Jones, Lindsay Gold, Emily Chiswick-Patterson


Email submission of application materials is strongly encouraged .

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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