Oakland University — Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Oakland University cultivates the full potential of a diverse and inclusive community. As a public doctoral institution, we impact Michigan and the world through education, research, scholarship and creative activity. – Mission of Oakland University

Oakland University (OU), a public doctoral research institution in southeastern Michigan, seeks a collaborative, experienced, entrepreneurial, and dedicated academic affairs leader to serve as its next Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (Provost). This is an outstanding opportunity for a seasoned professional who demonstrates strategic thinking, creative energy, sound judgment, and superior communication skills to lead the academic affairs division at an institution with an impressive upward trajectory while paving a path that anticipates future changes in the public higher education landscape. Oakland has recently been recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions in Higher Education as an R2 doctoral institution and has a dedicated faculty and staff that is fiercely passionate about engaged learning, academic discovery, community engagement, and diversity.  Oakland’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been   comprehensive and university leadership responded quickly to preserve the safety and health of its students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. The next Executive Vice President and Provost will join the university at a time when strategic and creative leadership is required to reimagine higher education at Oakland University throughout the course of the pandemic and beyond.   

Founded as Michigan State University-Oakland in 1957 following the unique donation of the vast Matilda and Alfred Wilson estate to support higher education, Oakland University has grown into a student-centered research institution with a global perspective. Operating independently since 1970, the University serves a diverse student population and the institution is woven deeply into its surrounding community. Over its history, the University has grown to accommodate more than 19,000 students, over 600 full-time and 595 part-time faculty and offers more than 140 bachelor’s degree programs and 130 doctoral, master’s degree and certificate programs. With a strong foundation in the liberal arts, as well as a robust cadre of professional schools including the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, OU is poised to build upon its bold and remarkable past as it charts an exciting and even more powerful future. As outlined in the university’s 2025 strategic plan, efforts are underway to enhance student success, grow research and scholarly activity, advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and expand the institution’s visibility both in the region and nationally. 

Oakland University seeks strong and definitive leadership for its academic programs and faculty, further develop its position as a growing force within higher education in the state of Michigan, and help the university navigate the current and future challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic The Provost will join the president in leading the institution through its strategic plan and will foster a strong sense of trust and respect from the faculty, staff, administration, and students. The next Provost will be expected to strategically allocate current resources, develop new resources to meet the university’s mission, vision and strategic plan, and help realize Oakland’s commitment to advancing research and supporting a faculty of accomplished teacher-scholars. Reporting to the President, the Provost serves as OU’s chief academic officer responsible for overarching leadership and operational accountability for all academic activities and units. The successful Provost candidate will possess a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with full professor status at Oakland; a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; experience in senior academic administration with a record of supporting undergraduate student success and excellence in graduate education and scholarship; the ability to manage change within a unionized environment and shared governance; and a passion for public higher education. 

Oakland University has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications in strict confidence to:

Pam Pezzoli, Partner
Robin Dougherty, Senior Associate
Charles Bentley, Associate
Isaacson, Miller

Electronic submission of materials is strongly preferred.

Creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus is a strategic priority for Oakland University. We are seeking applications from individuals who are interested in and committed to supporting and advancing our DEI institutional values. Oakland University encourages all qualified applicants to apply and be assured that there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, disability, creed, sexual orientation, veteran status or other prohibited factors in employment, admissions, educational programs or activities.

Oakland University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work-life balance.