Endicott College — Provost

Endicott College seeks an accomplished, entrepreneurial, and collaborative individual to serve as its inaugural Provost. With a visionary President and a strong and dedicated leadership team, the Provost will build upon Endicott’s historic strengths in teaching excellence, experiential education, and community engagement to advance a clearly articulated holistic academic vision that celebrates the distinctiveness of its constituent parts. The Provost will be a seasoned leader with a deep understanding of the 21st century higher education landscape and have experience cultivating creative solutions toward ambitious goals and translating them into action.

About Endicott College
Located just north of Boston in Beverly, Massachusetts, Endicott is a small private college with a strong community and a proven experiential learning model. The ocean-side campus offers state-of-the-art academic, athletic, and recreational facilities and a variety of distinctive residential options in a student-centered environment. Small class sizes and dedicated faculty and staff have created an academic community that fosters student growth and learning. The experiential learning model, which requires three distinct internships over the course of four years, leads to professional and confident graduates with a 99% career outcome rate.

Endicott College was founded in 1939 by Dr. Eleanor Tupper and her husband, the Reverend Dr. George O. Bierkoe, who shared the vision of creating a college to educate women for greater independence and an enhanced position in the workplace. This was a radical idea in the days near the end of the Depression and just before America’s entry into World War II.

The College was issued its first charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1939 and graduated its first class, a group of just 20 students, in 1941. In 1944, it was officially approved by the Commonwealth for the granting of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Eight years later in 1952, Endicott was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1988, the College earned four-year status and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1990. The first coeducational class entered in the fall of 1994, the first graduate programs were introduced in 1996, and in 2012 Endicott became the first college on the North Shore to offer doctoral programs.

The undergraduate curriculum has changed over the past twenty years to reflect the needs of the 21st century, encompassing developments in technology, world trade, and heightened professional competition. The undergraduate college offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees through eight distinct schools: arts and sciences, business, communication, education, hospitality management, nursing, sports science and fitness studies, and visual and performing arts. In September 2018, Endicott College will offer the North Shore’s first four-year general engineering degree, opening up opportunities for broad-based STEM education in a steadily growing field.

To learn more about Endicott College, please visit https://www.endicott.edu/

The Opportunity
Reporting directly to President Wylie, the Provost will work in close partnership with the President to provide leadership and oversight of educational affairs and activities that contribute to the College’s mission to provide a rich learning environment for students. As a key member of the President’s leadership team, the Provost will play a critical role in advancing the remarkable growth trajectory Endicott has enjoyed under Dr. Wylie’s thirty-year leadership tenure. The Provost will collaborate closely with the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Vice President and Dean of the Van Loan School on academic strategic planning, professional development and evaluation, accreditation, faculty recruitment and development, and curriculum assessment and planning. The successful candidate will support and empower the Vice Presidents to achieve their educational goals, enrollment and retention targets, growth strategies, and financial objectives. As a leader of faculty, the Provost will actively mentor and develop full-time and part-time faculty while providing leadership for faculty planning and recruitment and retention efforts.

In addition, the Provost will partner with the Vice President for Finance and Administration on budgetary planning and development around academic needs and will play a major role in recommending the allocation of resources, particularly among academic units. Collaboration and cooperation with the Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid will be paramount in developing academic offerings and enrollment strategies that are consistent with the changing landscape of higher education that will accommodate the students, program needs and delivery methods of the future. The Provost will be an articulate and passionate spokesperson for the College, representing the President when indicated and promoting the College’s vision with the Board of Trustees, donors, external agencies, accrediting bodies, and community leaders. The Provost will be supported by a team which includes the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College; the Vice President and Dean of the Van Loan School; the Executive Director of the Research Center; the Dean of International Education; the Associate Director of Academic Technology; and have oversight of academic grants and contracts.

The Provost will propose and manage academic budgets as part of the yearly process, working closely with the Vice President of Finance. In addition, the Provost will propose budgets for new initiatives.

The Provost will represent the President on all academic affairs with the Board of Trustees. In addition, this role will coordinate the various President’s Advisory Boards.

As a new position, the Provost’s responsibilities will evolve according to interests and experience with key responsibilities and opportunities as follows:

  • Maintaining and advancing Endicott College’s entrepreneurial approach to professional development and liberal arts education
  • Cultivating and promoting an integrated academic vision that provides alignment between the undergraduate college and the Van Loan School
  • Developing and implementing a data-driven approach to program development and assessment
  • Advancing an inclusive, collaborative faculty culture aligned with Endicott’s mission and vision for the future

Candidate Profile
The new Provost will be a creative leader who can lead in a shared governance environment, inspire faculty and staff, and effectively work with leaders across campus. Strong candidates will have demonstrated the ability to work with other senior leaders on strategy, planning, and financial management, and with academic leaders on program and curricular development. The incoming Provost will be an academic entrepreneur who has experience with design and delivery of creative educational technologies, global education, and multi­disciplinary collaboration and have knowledge of higher education trends, budgeting, planning, personnel, and curricular assessment processes. An earned doctorate and evidence of a passionate commitment to teaching excellence and to students is required, in addition to a record of scholarship and service. Experience supporting philanthropic efforts with donors, partnerships, and grants is highly desirable.

The Provost will have demonstrated experience as a strong academic leader and will possess a keen understanding of the changes and future direction of higher education. A respect for and commitment to the ideals of an Endicott College education—experiential education, inclusive community, continuous growth and development—is essential. Ideal candidates will have the ability to lead through collaborative and shared decision-making, and will have experience with attaining goals and effectively nurturing and advancing change. Essential is the ability to build and maintain strong and collegial relationships with students, faculty, administration, and trustees.

Endicott College has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to assist in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Liz Neumann and Amy Sugin at koya.refineapp.com/jobPosting/apply/1829.

Endicott College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. The College’s objective is to employ individuals qualified and/or trainable for open positions by virtue of job-related education, training, experience and qualifications without regard to sex, race, religion, color, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin or citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy or any other status protected by law.


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