Tuskegee University — Provost

Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It’s wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It’s more wonderful when the leader believes in their people.

– Booker T. Washington

Tuskegee University (Tuskegee)—an icon of American higher education, the legendary home of World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen, the institutional legacy of Booker T. Washington, and one of the first private historically black universities in the nation—seeks a distinguished scholar and visionary leader to serve as its next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost). The Provost will join Tuskegee at a transformative time at the outset of President Lily McNair’s tenure, as a critical member of a new and energized university leadership team. Helping to shape a new era of leadership and excellence for this storied institution, the Provost will bolster existing academic strengths while exploring exciting new opportunities that position the University for unparalleled innovation and growth.

Established in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University has served as a beacon of educational excellence for nearly 140 years. One of the country’s oldest and foremost Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tuskegee has distinct strengths in the sciences, agriculture, architecture/construction, business, education, engineering, health sciences, and veterinary medicine all rooted in a rich liberal arts tradition. With a $128 million endowment and an operating budget of $124 million, the University enrolls approximately 2,877 students across five colleges and three schools. Tuskegee’s overarching mission is to educate all students—especially African-American women and men—to understand themselves and their global society against the backdrop of their rich cultural heritage and the promise of their individual and collective future.

Under the leadership of Dr. McNair, the University seeks to chart a bold and ambitious vision for its future, centered around student success, and is preparing to enter into comprehensive strategic planning, setting the foundation for a future campaign. As the institution identifies ways to evolve and to secure its long-term sustainability, relevancy, and competitive advantage, Tuskegee desires a Provost that will bring a record of scholarly excellence, institutional accomplishments, deep understanding of shared governance, and great imagination. 

Reporting directly to President McNair, the Provost, as chief academic officer, will provide an overarching academic vision for the institution that is expansive. In a moment of tremendous possibility and excitement, the Provost will be tasked with building on historic academic strengths while exploring new programmatic terrain. As a strong advocate for faculty, the Provost will be expected to work closely with the Deans to ensure that faculty are able to thrive as teachers and scholars. Moreover, the Provost will work across the University to streamline communication and enhance cross-unit collaboration in support of student success and satisfaction.    

TO APPLY:

Tuskegee University is partnering with Isaacson, Miller in this recruitment. Inquiries, nominations/referrals, and résumés, along with letters of interest, should be submitted confidentially and electronically to: www.imsearch.com/7339 

Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner
David Ferguson, Associate
Isaacson, Miller
1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Electronic submission of material is strongly encouraged.

Tuskegee University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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