Brandeis University — Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brandeis University seeks a distinguished scholar and experienced administrative leader to serve as its next provost and executive vice president (EVP) for academic affairs. The provost oversees, coordinates, and promotes the university’s educational activities and research initiatives to catalyze growth while maintaining excellence. The provost and EVP is the university’s chief academic officer—the second-ranking member of the administration—with responsibility for and oversight of the institution’s entire academic enterprise. Brandeis seeks a tested leader—decisive, empathetic, transparent—who will provide strategic direction and operational management of the schools, research centers, and institutes of the University. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an eminent scholar and seasoned senior administrator to join one of the world’s leading liberal arts research universities during a critical moment of transformation.

A private research university (R1) and member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) with a liberal arts focus located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis was founded in 1948 by the American Jewish community at a time when Jews and other ethnic and racial minorities and women faced discrimination in higher education. Established as a nonsectarian research university, from the beginning Brandeis welcomed talented faculty and students of all backgrounds and beliefs. Brandeis is the academic home to 542 faculty members and 1,146 staff members and serves 3,639 undergraduate students and 2,161 graduate students. Nationally and internationally renowned for teaching, learning, and research, Brandeis’ investment in and commitment to the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education is demonstrated in the distinction of its four schools as well as its robust continuing education programs. 

The provost will work closely and collaboratively with the university President and the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance and will preside over the affairs of the university in the absence of the president. In close partnership with the president and deans, the provost will build on and accelerate the university’s upward trajectory. As the chief academic officer for Brandeis, the provost will be responsible for assuring that financial, capital, physical, and human resources are aligned with the mission and priorities of the university. The provost will also work closely with the vice president for student affairs to strengthen the links between students’ academic and overall development and success, sense of shared learning, reflection, and engagement. 

In its next provost, Brandeis University seeks a scholarly leader with intellectual vision, a collegial and collaborative leadership style, and the energy and integrity to inspire the diverse university community to new levels of excellence. Candidates should have a history of academic leadership; the ability to build and cultivate consensus among various stakeholder groups; accomplishment in creating and supporting a climate of understanding and mutual respect; and a deep and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Brandeis University has engaged Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in strict confidence to: 

Katie Rockman, Partner
Peter Lange, Partner
Sonia Gomez, Senior Associate

Brandeis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law.