Norfolk State University — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Norfolk State University seeks a dynamic, innovative and collaborative academic leader to serve as the university’s Chief Academic Officer. Serving on the President’s Cabinet, the Provost works closely with other cabinet members and university administrators to advance the institution’s goals and objectives. Responsibilities include oversight for academic schools, Honors College, E-Learning, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Library, and Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. In addition, the Provost has responsibility for faculty development and the tenure and promotion process; assessment of academic programs; academic program budgeting; and strategic planning to ensure academic excellence and the overall academic integrity of the institution. NSU’s Academic Colleges include the following: College of Liberal Arts (COLA), College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET), School of Business, School of Education, Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, School of Graduate Studies and Research, Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College and Office of Extended Learning. 

In the summer of 2019, Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston assumed the role of President at NSU and is committed to the success of students, strengthening the university infrastructure, and taking the university to the level of national prominence and excellence. Under Dr. Adams-Gaston’s leadership NSU was awarded a 2020 HBCU Visionary award given for the stellar leadership provided by Dr. Aurelia T. Williams, executive director of the NSU Cybersecurity Complex, the Elizabeth River Project recognized NSU for its environmental efforts with the River Star Business Award and NSU’s Spartan Legion band was voted 2019 HBCU Sports Band of the year.

RESPONSIBILITIES: As Chief Academic Officer, major responsibilities of the Provost would include engaging in strategic planning, fiscal decision-making for the academic enterprise, resource allocation and review and evaluation of academic programs.  Furthermore, the Provost will facilitate and promote academic excellence in teaching, scholarly activity and research as well as developing a coordinated system supporting exemplary student learning outcomes and retention strategies. Providing creative and dynamic academic leadership in curriculum development while promoting efficiency in instructional procedures and operations. Leading the university’s effort in regional and program accreditations. Working with deans, faculty, university community, Board of Visitors and external agencies to advance the university’s stature and reputation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications and abilities: A terminal degree and exemplary accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, research and professional service to qualify for a tenured appointment at Norfolk State University. Ten years of successful administrative experience in higher education with demonstrated achievement in the management of curriculum, academic personnel, budget administration, and strategic planning. Knowledge of SACSCOC and SCHEV Policies and Guidelines. A successful track record, which demonstrates an ability to work effectively in an environment that relies on collegiality, consultative decision-making and shared responsibilities. Successful university-community engagement and external grants and fundraising experience. Ability to provide leadership in the use of technology and information systems to support teaching, learning/e-learning, research, and administration. An understanding of regional, national, and international program accreditation. Proven experience demonstrating an ability to foster and encourage a diverse campus community.

HOW TO APPLY: Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Norfolk State University in this search. For consideration, all applications must be submitted through Greenwood/Asher. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately, and applications and nominations will be accepted until an appointment is made.

Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:

Marion Frenche, Practice Leader, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Search Manager and Senior Executive Search Consultant
Lois Stetson, Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

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It is the policy of Norfolk State University to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, gender, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation. The University is cognizant of all statutes and regulations mandating requirements of equal opportunity and affirmative action and the University, its employees and agents adhere to practices and procedures to insure equal opportunity for all.