Cleveland State University — Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Cleveland State University (CSU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Provost is the Chief Academic officer of the University, reporting directly to the President and serves on the President’s Cabinet.

The provost will be an innovative leader who will provide an energizing vision for enriching academic programs and faculties, and enhancing teaching, research and the student experience. The provost will serve as a strong partner to President Harlan M. Sands to continue a transformative and ambitious agenda and move CSU in the directions as determined by the University’s aspirational plan for the future – Emerging from the Pandemic: A Blueprint for CSU 2.0. Goals in this plan include growing student enrollment, enhancing funded research, hiring several hundred new faculty, and realignment of a number of colleges and programs.

The successful applicant will: have a terminal degree from an accredited university and a record of scholarship and research commensurate with a tenured full professor at CSU; possess substantial senior administrative experience as a dean (or equivalent) or higher; have vision, integrity, creativity, energy, and acumen; possess collegial, collaborative, and diplomatic skills; and understand and appreciate the value of liberal arts, professional education, and scholarly research.

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2021 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report, including the #1 public university in Ohio for social mobility. For more information, visit CSU’s website at: 

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile here:

Nominations and Applications
Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunity and attributes outlined in the position profile, a current resume and the names of five professional references (references will not be contacted without prior permission). 

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically to: For best consideration, application materials should be received by May 7, 2021.

Inquiries, nominations, as well as expressions of interest, should be directed to:

Dr. Rod McDavis, Managing / (804) 514-1982
Dr. Sally Mason, Executive Search Consultant, / (765) 414-0299
Mr. Andrew Bowen, / (802) 345-1279

Cleveland State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.