University of California, Davis — Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) seeks an academically distinguished, results-oriented, collaborative leader to serve as its Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (Provost/EVC). The Provost/EVC serves as the chief academic, budget, and operating officer for the University, working closely with the Chancellor, Dr. Gary S. May, to guide the campus to further success and impact as UC Davis continues to evolve as one of the premier public research universities in the nation and a vital resource for all citizens in Northern California and beyond.

UC Davis enrolls more than 39,000 undergraduate and graduate students, employs roughly 23,000 academic and administrative staff, and has an annual operating budget of roughly $4.9 billion. Spanning 5,300 acres, UC Davis is the largest campus in the UC system and the third-largest by enrollment. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and ranks 5th among public research universities nationwide, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education  rankings. Its broad array of academic programs is one of the most comprehensive in the American academy, comprising four undergraduate colleges in Letters and Science, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; as well as six graduate and professional schools in medicine, nursing, management, education, veterinary medicine, and law; and the Division of Continuing and Professional Education. UC Davis also operates UC Davis Health, which includes a nationally ranked 625-bed acute-care teaching hospital and a 1,000-member physician’s practice group, as well as research facilities located across the region and beyond. The University generates more than $845 million in research funding annually. 

The next Provost/EVC will join UC Davis at a time of tremendous opportunity and optimism. The campus community is eager to welcome their next academic leader, who in turn will engage deans, faculty, Academic Federation members, students, and staff to build on the institution’s momentum and leverage its many strengths, most particularly it’s academic and research excellence across a broad array of disciplines consistent with its land-grant mission, focus on sustainability, and membership in the UC system. To achieve this, the Provost/EVC will be expected to lead the implementation of the campus’ ambitious strategic plan while further integrating the Davis and Sacramento campuses and fostering innovation in education, research, and community outreach and engagement on a dynamic, comprehensive university campus. 

UC Davis is well-positioned to increase its prominence and serve as the model for a 21st century comprehensive university. The Provost/EVC will confidently approach challenges, operate with an optimistic attitude, and seek creative solutions. This individual will also be expected to uphold practices of transparency to continually strengthen the lines of communication between the academic administration and the faculty. The Provost/EVC will be a highly visible academic executive who builds strong ties to the campus’ faculty leadership through the shared governance structure and interaction with key stakeholder committees. 

UC Davis 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 completion of the search process. Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement. In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” applicants should describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UC Davis.

For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw and Brett Barbour
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.