Morehouse College — Provost

Over the heads of her students, Morehouse holds a crown that she challenges them to grow tall enough to wear.
–Howard Thurman ’23 

Morehouse College (“Morehouse,” or “the College”) seeks a transformational academic leader to serve as its next Provost and partner to newly installed President David Thomas. The successful candidate will have a strong record of prioritizing and securing resources for faculty development and academic programs, experience in academic innovation, the acumen to strategize and achieve sustainable enrollment growth, the ability to build consensus in an academic setting with a broad spectrum of liberal arts and AACSB business programs, and a sophisticated understanding of student success and persistence.

Founded in 1867, Morehouse is a private, residential, single-gender, historically black liberal arts college that is renowned for its achievements in education and the impact of its graduates in business, science, the arts, humanities, social sciences, religion, and education. For 153 years, it has stood at the vanguard of educating African American men in the United States and has an outsize impact on higher education domestically. Morehouse was the incubator of the most important minds of the Civil Rights era and remains committed to prepare young men to answer today’s urgent call of social justice. With a combined operating budget of approximately $90M and an endowment of $163M as of December 2019, it enrolls approximately 2,100 students in 27 programs across seven academic divisions.

A close-knit community of scholars and learners – dedicated to developing men with disciplined minds to lead lives of leadership and service – Morehouse expects its next Provost to be dedicated to the refinement of its curriculum, including a new general education curriculum. The mission of the new program, approved in 2017, is to ground students in African and African diasporic heritage while empowering students to integrate knowledge and skills from their academic and co-curricular experiences. Its framework is distinctive in its deliberate use of texts, examples, perspectives, and principles by and from Black people across time and from Africa and the African Diaspora. Students will explore themes of social justice, equity and protest across various disciplines. This is in addition to ensuring that every student gains a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in the best liberal arts tradition. To advance this work, the next Provost will incentivize and facilitate the full implementation of the new curriculum, and add investment, innovation, and a renewed commitment to excellence.

As the chief academic officer and key member of the President’s cabinet, the Provost provides leadership for the academic divisions, supervising seven division chairs, the director of General Education, and leaders of academic centers and institutes at the College. The Provost guides academic planning and program development, provides leadership in the recruitment and development of faculty, coordinates and monitors all academic budgets, and ensures that the institution meets its academic and related goals. Additionally, the Provost will oversee admissions and work in partnership with the division chairs to ensure that enrollment goals and academic programs are aligned with our mission and our stakeholders.

Morehouse  faculty – recruited from many of the strongest graduate and post-doctoral programs in the world and attracted to the College’s mission of developing men of character and leadership – includes 145 full-time tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track faculty members as well as 45 part-time/adjunct faculty who teach a student body of approximately 2,100. Excellence in teaching and a dedication to student intellectual development are key expectations of faculty.

The College seeks both a scholarly exemplar and an accomplished administrator to advance the academic mission of the College while giving high priority to the professional aspirations of its faculty. Success in this work – executed in close collaboration with the President, Faculty Council, associate provosts, division chairs, and academic program directors – will be demonstrated in the achievement of the College’s new strategic goals, which include increasing graduation and retention rates, strengthening of an intellectual environment that promotes outstanding teaching and research, and competitive positioning of Morehouse to continue providing distinctive educational experiences for many years to come. 

Diversified Search has been retained to assist in this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and résumés with cover letters may be sent in confidence to: MorehouseProvost@divsearch.com

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