Provost / Sr VP of Academic Affairs
San Diego State University - San Diego, CA

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Provost / Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

San Diego State University is seeking an energetic and innovative academic leader to serve as the university's Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Provost/Senior Vice President reports directly to the President and is the chief academic officer of the University. The college deans, the Vice President for Research and the Associate/Assistant Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs report directly to the Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs is a key member of the university's leadership team. The Provost/Senior Vice President oversees academic policy and priorities, supports academic excellence and is responsible for leading academic initiatives that are critical to the university's strategic plan. The Provost/Senior Vice President works collaboratively with the Vice Presidents and Deans on financial planning, resource management, and initiatives that enhance the university's financial strength, including private fundraising. Additionally, the Provost/Senior Vice President has oversight responsibility for Faculty Affairs and the hiring and evaluation of the university's distinguished faculty. The Provost will also act as the President's designee on campus, local, regional, state, and national committees, and will serve on the SDSU Research Foundation Board of Directors.

San Diego State University serves over 34,000 students, offering Baccalaureate degrees in 90 areas, the Master's in 78, and the Doctorate in 22. The Carnegie Foundation classifies SDSU as a "doctoral-granting research university with high research activity." The university is building on considerable momentum, having recently been named a top "Up-and-coming" university by U.S. News & World Report. SDSU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and is ranked in the top 20 schools in the nation for ethnic diversity. Nearing the completion of its $500 million comprehensive fund-raising campaign, the university is investing significant resources in its academic and co-curricular programs and the Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs will play a significant role in guiding and implementing these investments. Additional information about SDSU is available at

Qualifications: Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution, plus a minimum of ten (10) years of academic administrative experience in a management position at a large university. Candidates must be deeply committed to working collaboratively with all constituencies to advance the university's academic program and reputation. Skills and abilities essential to the role include: an effective leadership and management style; financial and budgetary acumen to prioritize resources in support of the university's strategic goals; a broad knowledge of administrative functions; a profound commitment to student success and the university's research mission; advocacy for, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity; an understanding of, and commitment to shared governance; and a broad educational perspective, including an understanding of the role of international programs and an appreciation of the unique needs of individual departments within the campus community.

Applications/Nominations: Nominations are sought and welcome. Candidates may apply directly by sending a letter of application including a description of their experiences and strengths as they relate to the position announcement. Applications must also include a current curriculum vita. A minimum of five references will be requested as candidacies are evaluated. References will be contacted only with permission of the candidate. Applications received by December 31, 2013, are guaranteed to receive full consideration, although the application review will continue until the position is filled. Please send all communications to:

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SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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