Saint Xavier University — Provost

Saint Xavier University in Chicago invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost. The Provost reports directly to the President and works in collaboration with a dynamic team of professionals in the oversight of the College of Arts and Sciences, Graham School of Management, the School of Nursing, Library, Records and Advising, Retention, Instructional Design and Technology Integration, Accreditation Compliance, IRB and Consortia and International Programs.

The Provost will join a new, forward-thinking and energetic President and a developing senior administrative team. Among the specific responsibilities are to provide leadership for all undergraduate and graduate academic programs and work with the College of Arts and Sciences, Graham School of Management and the School of Nursing deans and faculty to facilitate appropriate program development; ensure quality through systematic review of academic programs; collaborate in the planning, implementation and assessment efforts associated with all Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) efforts across student populations; provide leadership in matters of academic policy and administration and regularly advise the President on these matters; co-chair the Integrated Planning and Budgeting Committee (IPBC), ensuring that planning, budgeting and assessment are aligned with institutional mission and priorities; coordinate with the deans and approve the hiring, support, development and evaluation of faculty, staff and administrators associated with the programs of Academic Affairs; encourage and support excellence in teaching, scholarship and service activities of the faculty; work with direct reports to plan, develop and implement the annual budget for the academic division of the University; coordinate accreditation efforts and the preparation of reports to various accrediting agencies; coordinate with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the effective and efficient use of and planning for facilities; serve as an ex-officio member of Faculty Senate and the Senate Executive Committee and promote shared governance principles; serve as lead negotiator in the implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement; and perform other duties as delegated by President Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D.

Saint Xavier University is a distinguished four-year, comprehensive, private Catholic institution located on the scenic southwest side of Chicago. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 and chartered in 1847, Saint Xavier holds the distinctions of being Chicago’s oldest Catholic university as well as the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States.

With an undergraduate enrollment of more than 2,800 full-time students and a graduate enrollment of nearly 500 full-time students, Saint Xavier, a 2017-2018 College of Distinction, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Saint Xavier offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as degree completion programs, taught by more than 153 full-time faculty and 213 adjunct faculty members within its three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graham School of Management and the School of Nursing.

The annual budget of the University is approximately $65 million of which salaries and fringe benefits comprise 61 percent. Institutional debt is approximately $40 million and the endowment is $11 million. The Board of Trustees is committed to paying down debt and increasing the endowment.

Saint Xavier has not been immune from the demographic shifts or the increased price sensitivity of families. Yet, its modest endowment has necessitated positive operating performance. Tuition and fees for 2017 were $32,250 and room and board was $11,060 for a total cost of attendance of $43,310. Nearly all students at SXU are awarded financial aid. The annual institutional aid awarded is approximately $40 million.

The Provost will be a bold and energetic individual with a proven record of progressively responsible leadership. The Provost will have a passion for higher education, be intellectually curious and creative, demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and manifest a commitment to transparency in their communication. The new Provost will have an earned doctorate or the equivalent professional degree; experience in academic administration as provost, dean or in other significant leadership positions in academic affairs; and significant teaching experience as a faculty member with earned tenure and a record of scholarly publications commensurate with the rank of professor.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. SXU is firmly committed to creating an inclusive and just community that embraces diversity; therefore, persons from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The new Provost will be expected to begin work at the University on July 2, 2018.

For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 9, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vita, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this position specification and the names and contact information of at least five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word preferred) via email to: stxavierprovost@agbsearch.com. The search is being assisted by:

Oscar C. Page, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
oscar.page@agbsearch.com
(903) 870-8303

Saint Xavier University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, Saint Xavier University is committed to compliance with Title VII/Title IX /Section 504/ADA and any other applicable federal, state, or local laws. Saint Xavier University affirms its position as a Catholic institution, inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, and asserts its rights to employ persons who subscribe to the mission, vision, and core values of the University.

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