Hope College — Provost

Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to 3,200 undergraduate students from more than 40 states and 45 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings. Hope’s beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan and less than seven miles from Lake Michigan.

Hope College is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship and for providing exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip our students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.

Hope College is financially sound, with more than 50 consecutive years of balanced budgets, an endowment of approximately $200 million and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. The college completed its newest buildings, the Kruizenga Art Museum and the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, in 2015 and will open the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center in 2017.

In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college’s mission, “to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the college, reporting to the president and acting as chief administrative officer in the president’s absence. This leader is responsible for the direction and quality of an academic program that includes 86 bachelor degree programs, including supervising the hiring and development of instructional staff which includes 234 full time faculty; continuous improvement and assurance of high academic standards; and academic budget development and management.

Candidates must have a track record of exceptional professional performance and a mature understanding of and personal commitment to the Christian faith and an understanding and passion for undergraduate liberal arts education. The provost must be able to simultaneously advance and articulate the academic and Christian character of the college. The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate or its equivalent, and a record of achievement sufficient to merit a tenured appointment to the rank of professor in one of the academic disciplines of the college. Hope College expects the provost to be an inspirational, compassionate leader, an effective communicator, with a passionate commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse campus community. The successful candidate must have demonstrated competence as an administrator, experience with fundraising and cultivating donor relationships, and a balanced, interest in teaching and learning, scholarship, and collaborative, grant-funded undergraduate research.

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Consideration of applicants will begin immediately with an employment date on or about July 1, 2017.