Stephen F. Austin State University — Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Stephen F. Austin State University welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The University seeks an experienced administrator with an established and effective record of collaborative leadership across disciplines, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to plan, lead, manage, and implement innovation and change within a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Founded in 1923, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is a comprehensive, regional, public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas’ first town, and is one of four independent public universities in Texas.  SFA is dedicated to excellence in instruction, research, and outreach that has benefited the state of Texas and the nation for nearly 100 years.  

The university enrolls approximately 13,000 students, offers more than 80 undergraduate majors, and has 120 areas of study/concentrations within six academic colleges: business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, sciences and mathematics, and liberal and applied arts.  SFA offers more than 50 graduate programs, including three doctoral programs. SFA’s programs are delivered both online and on its beautifully wooded campus nestled in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods. SFA employs approximately 1,800 full and part-time faculty and staff members and operates as an agency of the state of Texas.  Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA is consistently ranked a Tier 1 Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.

The Provost and Executive Vice President serves as the chief academic officer of the university, advocating for academic programs and faculty and provides academic and administrative leadership to achieve the highest standards of excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and public and professional service. The newly elevated position of Provost/EVP is responsible for the formulation and implementation of all academic plans, priorities, and innovation.  Serving as a principal advisor to the President, the Provost/EVP may be called upon by the President to represent the university administration at key functions.  The Provost/EVP reports to the President and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.  

The next Provost and EVP must hold an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution.  Additional required qualifications include a distinguished record of teaching research/scholarly/creative accomplishments, and service that qualifies for rank of professor with tenure in one of the university’s colleges; progressive history of leadership responsibilities in higher education, including leadership of a university college or school with direct supervisory experience for academic departments and units; demonstrated experience leading and managing change within a fast-paced and dynamic environment; leadership experience in institutional strategic planning and implementation, making strategic decisions, and leading others toward strategic decisions; experience managing a complex budget, integrating budget decisions and strategic planning, and ensuring institutional efficiency, including through program evaluation; experience with recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse and high-quality faculty, as well as evaluation of promotion and tenure at the college or school level; experience with recruitment and retention of diverse student populations; and experience in leading ongoing efforts to ensure institutional effectiveness and meet accreditation standards.

For the full position profile including additional qualifications visit https://assets.storbecksearch.com/files/resources/stephenfaustinuniv-provost-pd.pdf. 

Review of Applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please send a cover letter and resume/CV, in confidence, to:

Steve Leo, Partner
Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search
SFAProvostVPAA@storbecksearch.com
610-572-4296

Visit the Stephen F. Austin State University website at http://www.sfasu.edu/

Stephen F. Austin State University, an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator, is committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin, religion or physical or mental disability as required by law. If, because of an impairment or disability, you need accommodation during any part of the employment process, please contact Human Resources at 936-468-2304.

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