Metropolitan State University of Denver — Provost / Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is at pivotal and exciting moment in its history and invites inquiries, nominations and applications from dynamic leaders, bridge- builders, and strategists to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/EVPAA). The successful candidate for this critical role will be an inspiring and inclusive leader who promotes leadership and empowerment at every level of the University. A strong collaborator, the Provost/EVPAA will act as a thought-partner for President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., and other members of the Senior Leadership Team and President’s Cabinet.

The University

Established in 1965 as Colorado’s “College of Opportunity,” MSU Denver was founded to serve students who were underrepresented in higher education, those whose life paths and experiences did not fit the traditional mold. Fifty-five years later, the University continues to serve more than 18,000 of Colorado’s extraordinary and diverse students, providing them with the foundation on which to build their unique American dream.

MSU Denver prides itself on a richly talented faculty comprised of teacher-scholars who are highly dedicated and empowered to support diverse students in growing as scholars, becoming leaders in their fields, and succeeding in their personal, professional, and civic lives. The University delivers a relevant, rigorous, and innovative academic experience, offering more than 100 bachelor’s degrees and eight graduate programs. MSU Denver Athletics compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and in the NCAA Division II with sixteen sport intercollegiate athletic programs.

In 2019, MSU Denver was named the fifth most innovative university in the West region by U.S. News and World Report. That entrepreneurial spirit characterizes the University’s forward-looking, adaptable approach to meeting the challenges of our day.

As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only one with an open-access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. Nearly 80% of students work while going to school and the University is focused on making sure they have the well-rounded educational experience and wraparound services they need to excel.

The University is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has been a leader in advocacy for DACA students. MSU Denver was the first institution in Colorado to offer a special tuition rate for undocumented students in June 2012 – about three weeks before the Obama administration announced the DACA program.

MSU Denver activates the talents and passions of its students, alumni, faculty, and staff. As an Anchor Institution with a vibrant campus in the heart of downtown Denver, the University serves as a civic, economic, and talent-rich catalyst to meet the opportunities and challenges facing Colorado and its diverse communities.

For more information about MSU Denver, please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu.

Position Summary

As the University’s chief academic officer, the Provost/EVPAA will set the strategic direction for all academic matters and priorities in service to MSU Denver’s unique access mission. The Provost/EVPAA will serve as the key ambassador between faculty and administration, building effective and sustainable relationships with an eye toward the whole student experience to promote enrollment, retention, persistence, and success.

The Provost/EVPAA will have a strong understanding of the complex social, political, economic, and technological changes affecting higher education today, and bring creativity and vision to help MSU Denver meet those potential challenges head on. The individual will also capitalize on the University’s current momentum and leverage its mission and values as an Anchor Institution to create a lasting imprint on the city of Denver, the state of Colorado and beyond.

Leadership Qualities

MSU Denver is looking for an effective, inclusive, creative, and collaborative leader to take its well-established academic programs and operations to the next level. The ideal candidate will have a can-do work ethic and a strong track record of tangible successes and achievements. In the spirit of inclusive leadership, the Provost/EVPAA will be fully empowered by President

Davidson to lead, innovate, and engage the community at this critical moment and to advance a shared vision of student-centered innovation and excellence.

The Provost/EVPAA will have a strong commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the University community and the ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain and promote high-achieving current faculty.

Qualifications

MSU Denver’s next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will be a creative, energetic, future-focused, high energy educational leader. The new Provost/EVPAA will possess exceptional leadership qualities such as integrity, decisiveness, optimism, dynamism, collegiality, inclusiveness, and sound judgment. The successful candidate will be an individual capable of engaging community stakeholders in the academic mission of the University and must be passionate about MSU Denver’s mission, vision, and the success of its students.

Applicants and nominees should have a track record of career achievement. For a complete list of qualifications, please visit: https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/MSUDenver.pdf.

Application Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Peña, Partner
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “MSUDenver-PEVPAA” in the subject line
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms.

Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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