University of Arkansas at Little Rock — Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announces a global search and invites nominations and applications for the position of executive vice chancellor and provost.

UA Little Rock is a dynamic, metropolitan, research-intensive university in the University of Arkansas (U of A) System with more than 10,000 students and 500 full-time faculty members. Community engagement is an important part of our mission as a metropolitan university. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UA Little Rock as one of 361 U.S. colleges and universities for the foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. UA Little Rock is known for its involvement in community issues such as race and ethnicity, criminal justice, and K-12 education. It was the first Arkansas institution to be selected for this category.

The university is comprised of the following colleges: College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences; College of Business; College of Social Sciences and Communication; College of Education and Health Professions; Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology and UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. One of our biggest strengths is our location in the heart of Arkansas and Little Rock, a city voted the “best place to live” in 2013 by Kiplinger’s magazine. At home in the state’s capital city, UA Little Rock is in the state’s center of government, commerce, culture, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. Working here offers the perks found in many major metropolitan areas, along with the benefits of a small-town atmosphere.

The university’s vision is to be one of the top metropolitan, community-engaged, research universities among the 16-member states of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). This vision includes the alignment of academic and research programs with the city and region; the implementation of programs to take advantage of our location; the establishment of a Community Connection Center; the development and implementation of a communication strategy; a focus on student success and the K-Beyond 16 Endeavor; a focus on retention and recruitment goals; a hotline for student intervention; a strategy to target underrepresented student populations; a reengineering of all UA Little Rock processes that affect our students; an aligning of faculty evaluations and promotion/tenure with the achievement of vision; and the establishment of a predictive modeling approach for the allocation of resources.

The executive vice chancellor and provost will display the following important attributes: superior management, communications, interpersonal, budgeting, and strategic planning skills. An innovative, inclusive, and collaborative approach to academic management and leadership. The provost will promote world-class research, lead efforts to recruit, develop and retain diverse, high quality and productive faculty, and support shared governance. He/She will also lead institutional efforts to assess student-learning outcomes and to evaluate academic programs on a regular basis; focus on student-success, enrollment growth, and continued growth of high quality academic/research programs. Preference will be given to candidates with an earned terminal degree and academic experience sufficient to be awarded tenure in one of the academic units of UA Little Rock. An established record of achievement on the national level in an academic discipline or academic administration, progressive administrative leadership experience, a track record of experience establishing and maintaining strategic national and international academic and research partnerships, and urban, metropolitan research university experiences is desired.

The University of Arkansas System provides communities in Arkansas with access to academic and professional opportunities, develops intellectual growth and cultural awareness in its students and provides knowledge and research skills to an ever-changing society. The system enrolls more than 60,000 students, employs over 17,000 employees and has a total budget of over $2 billion. An intrinsic part of the texture and fabric of Arkansas, the U of A System is a driving force in the state’s economic, educational and cultural advancement.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. is assisting UA Little Rock in the search for the next executive vice chancellor and provost. Applications and nominations are being accepted. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening. The selection process will continue until the position is filled and applications are encouraged to be submitted by Feb. 24, 2017. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experience and skills match the position requirements, a résumé or curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five references. Individuals wishing to nominate a candidate should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. A letter addressing how the nominee’s experiences match the position requirements is recommended.

Consultants Jan Greenwood and Marion Frenche may be reached by phone at 850-650-2277.  Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Marion Frenche, Principal & Practice Leader
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

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The University of Arkansas System is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.