Clarkson University — Provost

Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, seeks a Provost to forward the University’s academic priorities in support of faculty and students. Clarkson is a private, national research university that is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, research, scholarship and innovation. Reporting directly to the President as a key member of the President’s Cabinet, the Provost’s responsibilities span strategic planning, policy formulation, budgetary decision-making, assessment and continuous improvement and faculty supervision. The Provost will inspire faculty, staff and students to explore and expand new frontiers and partnerships in academic areas well-poised for growth, empowering faculty and staff to achieve ambitious goals through effective organization and allocation of resources. The Provost works collaboratively with the President and senior team toward the achievement of institutional goals and offers advice and counsel on both the academic program and the student experience.

Clarkson’s main campus is located on 640 wooded acres in Potsdam, adjacent to the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, with additional campuses in the Capital Region of New York (Schenectady), as well as in Beacon, Saranac Lake (in partnership with the Trudeau Institute) and Pier 26 in Manhattan. Its 4300 undergraduate and graduate students hail from 44 states and 65 countries. Clarkson produces remarkably effective and entrepreneurial engineers, scientists, educators, health professionals, business people and creative leaders by creating an exceptionally demanding, boundary-spanning educational experience. Clarkson graduates earn salaries that are among the top three percent in the nation; one in five alumni already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.

Direct reports to the Provost include the Academic Deans; Institute leaders; the Senior Administrator for Research and Scholarship Services; the Executive Director of Academic Policies, Operations and Services; the Director of the Clarkson Honors Program and The Clarkson School and the Director of Libraries.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned academic leader who has held progressively responsible administrative roles in an academic setting and has demonstrated a record of ethical, fair and innovative leadership; excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and communication skills; and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Required credentials include an earned PhD in a relevant field, a record of scholarship that meets Clarkson’s requirements for the rank of full professor and 10 years of academic experience —at least five of which include significant administrative experience with evidence of sound fiscal and personnel management and research development. While first-rate administrative skills are essential for success in this role, the ideal candidate will also possess an educator’s passion and abiding commitment to contribute to the lifelong welfare and success of each student.

Dr. Katherine Haley (603.748.4399), of Haley Associates Higher Education Executive Search LLC, is supporting the search and welcomes nominations and inquiries. To make inquiries or nominations, please contact her at: To apply, upload your vita, a letter of application and a list of five annotated references (who will not be contacted until later in the search) at Haley Associates. The prospectus may be found at Clarkson University Provost.

Review of nominations and applications will begin in September 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, application materials should be submitted by January 29, 2019. The preferred start date is July 1, 2019.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities. All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification and criminal records).