Hanover College — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs




Hanover, Indiana

President Lake Lambert and the Search Committee invite applications and nominations for the post of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (“Provost/VPAA”). Reporting to the President, the Provost/VPAA has responsibility for all academic programs and support areas and staffs the Academic and Institutional Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. The appointment will be made by late February and the new Provost/VPAA will be invited to begin work on or about July 1, 2020.

Hanover College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Its teacher-certification programs for elementary and secondary education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Indiana Department of Education. 

Founded in 1827, Hanover is Indiana’s oldest private college. Its alumni include two U.S. Vice Presidents, as well as other renowned government officials, scientists, business leaders, artists, and philanthropists. Following in the footsteps of their predecessors, newly minted Hanover alumni are well-grounded in the liberal arts and distinguish themselves after commencement. Indeed, 95.5% of the class of 2018 is fully employed or pursuing graduate or professional school. 

A typical Hanover student is usually in the top 20% of their graduating high school class, with a well-rounded history of activities. For the College’s approximately 1,100 students, however, their Hanover journey is anything but typical. Hanover’s rigorous interdisciplinary program with 32 majors attracts the best and the brightest from across the region and beyond. The College’s 95 faculty, 95% of whom hold told the terminal degree in their field of expertise, offer stellar teaching, mentoring and support. Of Hanover’s 85 full-time faculty, 95% are tenured or on tenure track. Students have myriad chances to explore their chosen field of study, hone their leadership talents in the co-curricular program and travel the nation and the world during May Term. 

Hanover has received accolades from many sources for its quality and value, including U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly, The Princeton Review, Money and Kiplinger. 

Hanover College faculty are magnificent teachers, due in large measure to the scholarly life they maintain outside the classroom. The faculty carry a substantial teaching load and still actively contribute to knowledge in their respective fields. 

Hanover is a special place. This close-knit community of learners features an innovative, collaborative, visionary president; a cohesive senior staff of strategic thinkers; a faculty dedicated to a grounding in the liberal arts and professional preparation and a staff that is superbly student focused. 

Nestled in 650 acres of a wooded campus and located on the banks of the scenic Ohio River near historic Madison, Indiana, Hanover College is an idyllic place where intellectual achievement and beauty truly intersect. Madison has maintained its sense of 19th century heritage with 133 city blocks on the National Register of Historic Places, designating it as the state’s largest historic district. Midwest Living magazine recently listed Madison as the 4th best small town to visit. Hanover provides the best in small town living with easy access to metropolitan areas, including a 45 minute trip to Louisville, KY, a 90 minute journey to Cincinnati, OH and a 90 mile drive to the state capital of Indianapolis. 

Committed to building on existing strengths and poised for the future, Hanover College seeks a new Provost/VPAA who will provide visionary, strategic, and creative leadership. Strong candidacies will require a substantial track record of academic and managerial achievements, an ability to plan with input from all College stakeholders, and the courage to make informed decisions, coupled with the ability to articulate the need for those decisions and build consensus around them. Personal characteristics of warmth, caring, and authenticity are crucial. At least three years of academic leadership as a dean, associate dean, program director, department chair, and/or center director are required. Experience in a small college with niche graduate programs and staff supervisory experience is strongly preferred. An earned doctorate (or other terminal degree), and substantial experience as a teacher-scholar with a primary focus on undergraduate education, having earned the rank of professor are also required. 

The successful Hanover College Provost/VPAA will also embrace and celebrate the liberal arts; be a natural and skilled communicator; exhibit inspiring, collaborative, transparent and visionary leadership; hold himself/herself and others accountable and show appreciation for colleagues’ contributions; have familiarity with current higher education issues and trends; be a solutions-oriented system builder and a successful change agent; be innovative with an unwillingness to accept the status quo; have sophistication and experience with diverse uses of innovative instructional technology; effectively use data analytics in decision making; possess a genuine sense of self-effacement while building trust and generating consensus as well as maintain a commitment to enriching the campus community with global perspectives and commitment to diversity in all its forms. 


The Provost/VPAA Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate materials in the first week of November and will continue through late November. Materials should be submitted by Friday, November 15 to receive the most favorable consideration. The Search Profile may be found at http://www.hanover.edu/provostsearch or https://www.agbsearch.com/. 

Hanover College is committed to recruiting a diverse, high-quality workforce dedicated to meeting the higher education needs of our community. Women and persons from unrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All application materials will be received in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to: Hanover_Provost@agbsearch.com 

Please address the letter of candidacy to Dr. Valerie Young, Chair, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee.

Applications must include:

  • A letter of candidacy responding to the College’s list of desired attributes identifying the candidate’s experiences in the context of the opportunities for the new Provost/VPAA; a complete CV or resume; and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of five references, none of whom will be contacted without permission of the candidate.

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Frederick V. Moore, J.D./M.B.A.
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
(712) 299-2544

Melinda L. M. Leonardo, Ph.D
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
(919) 280-4901

Hanover College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming and diverse college environment. We seek candidates of all backgrounds regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.  No person, on the basis of protected status, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any College program or activity, including with respect to employment terms and conditions. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply.