California State University, San Marcos — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University San Marcos (Cal State San Marcos or CSUSM) is seeking a collaborative, strategic, and innovative new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost). The Provost will join CSUSM at a transformative time, working closely with the new president, Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, to strategically align the institution’s academic and student experience with the mission of the campus and the California State University system. This is an opportunity to partner with an ambitious and thoughtful leadership team and to work in concert with the broader University community to advance the academic enterprise at a young and growing institution. Building on the University’s many successes and institutional assets, including high-quality educational programs, an unwavering commitment to student success, incredibly talented faculty and staff, and proximity to southern California’s beaches and mountains, the Provost will have the opportunity to further collaboratively shape and enhance CSUSM for years to come.

Since its founding in 1989 as the CSU’s 20th campus, CSUSM has grown to serve nearly 17,000 students across its four colleges and Extended Learning unit, with 43 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. A comprehensive public university offering diverse academic programs, the campus prides itself on exemplary teaching, innovative and experiential curricula, and the application of new technologies to solve real problems. CSUSM is also a national model for student access and success and more than 50 percent of graduates were the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Located on a beautiful hillside campus approximately eight miles east of the Pacific Ocean and 35 miles from downtown San Diego, CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of the region and state. The University is committed to meeting the needs of a rapidly growing region, expanding and thriving with a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Provost will join a vibrant and nimble institution that is already crafting a distinct legacy. Reporting to the President, the Provost will be a champion for academic excellence, student success, innovative thinking, and community partnership. This individual will engage all campus and community constituents in the intellectual life of the institution, and in doing so, will be tasked with a key set of opportunities and challenges:

  • Align academic programs around CSUSM’s distinctive student-centered mission
  • Partner with campus leadership in developing and communicating a vision of academic success
  • Lead and empower the Division of Academic Affairs with transparency and collaboration
  • Support a growing base of faculty research that provides hands-on opportunities for undergraduate students in all disciplines
  • Carefully steward resources with strong financial acumen and integrity
  • Creatively leverage the diversity of the campus, the assets of the community, and the strengths of the CSU brand to expand best practices and deliver a superior student experience
  • Foster a positive work environment that is welcoming, engaging and supportive of all members of the campus community

CSU San Marcos has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, please apply by January 10, 2020. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, visit: 

Cati Mitchell-Crossley and Joe Kralick
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

California State University San Marcos is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, age, disability, covered veteran’s status or any other protected status.