University of North Carolina Wilmington — Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) seeks a strategic and transformative leader to serve as its next Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Provost). The Provost will have an extraordinary opportunity to build on the university’s growth and to help advance the university’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education and instruction, high academic standards, and scholarly achievement. 

UNCW, is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential, and coastal university dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. As a member of a distinguished multi-institutional public higher education system, UNCW has a distinctive reputation for academic excellence and service. The university’s commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and responsible citizenship is expressed in its baccalaureate and master’s programs, as well as doctoral programs in areas of expertise that serve the needs of the region and the state. UNCW is an internationally recognized leader in coastal and marine science education and research, and the first university in the US to offer an undergraduate degree focused on coastal engineering. Through innovative academic programming across all its academic disciplines, the institution is committed to enhancing the heritage, resiliency, and environment of coastal, southeastern North Carolina, and to enriching the quality of life, economy, and education of the region.

This is an exciting and transformative time for the university as UNCW aspires to reach the next level of excellence in graduate education research while maintaining the core of its identity as a stellar undergraduate institution. UNCW has recently earned the elevated classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral University with High Research Activity and is one of only eight institutions nationally to move up to this status from a Master’s Comprehensive University designation. The Provost will be an exceptional academic leader who will work with the university community to shape a vision for the future of academics at UNCW. A clear communicator, the Provost will work with deans and faculty to plan for the new doctoral and master’s programs that are slated to emerge and will develop a strategy for the growth and sustainability of the research and teaching enterprise. 

UNCW seeks a Provost with the vision and talents to match the aspirations of campus leaders and who is an accomplished scholar with a track record of innovative leadership and an understanding of and passionate commitment to public higher education. The next Provost will be an architect of relationships, serving as an engaged and visible leader both on campus and beyond, with a transparent, approachable, and facilitative leadership style. Reporting to the university chancellor and managing a talented and dedicated team of faculty and staff, the next Provost will be ideally positioned to leverage the institution’s excellence in academics and service to bring the university to a new era of achievement. 

UNCW has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this search. For more information, to make a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit: