Minnesota State University, Mankato — Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Minnesota State University, Mankato, a leading university with a growing international reputation for breakthrough applied research, invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (“the Provost”). The University seeks an exceptional individual with a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and management to provide creative, visionary, and responsible leadership and to advise the President on all academic matters.

Minnesota State University, Mankato is a comprehensive university and a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (Minnesota State), which includes seven universities and 30 two-year colleges. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university, and to provide an opportunity for all to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

More than 14,000 students, including more than 1,170 international students from 89 countries, attend Minnesota State Mankato, making it the second largest university in Minnesota. The nearly 1,600 faculty and staff, including more than 700 teaching faculty, are distinguished by their dedication and loyalty to the institution’s mission and their students. The University offers more than 130 undergraduate programs of study and more than 85 graduate programs including master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs. These programs are offered through six academic colleges: Allied Health and Nursing; Arts and Humanities; Business; Education; Science, Engineering and Technology; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Several of the programs, or portions of them, are also offered through various Online and Off-Campus Programs, including at Minnesota State University Mankato’s Edina location.

Mankato, Minnesota is located approximately 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University sits atop 303 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley. The Greater Mankato area has a population of over 101,000.

The Provost will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and collaborate with other Vice Presidents and the President in the management and leadership of the University. The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the University, reports directly to the President and represents the University in the President’s absence. The Provost shall provide leadership and direction for all academic affairs units and programs. The Provost provides leadership and direction for academic Associate Vice Presidents, Deans, other academic affairs staff, and student support program directors as they exercise their responsibilities to plan, budget, recruit, employ and direct faculty and staff. The Provost also has a close coordination role with the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. The annual operating budget for 2021-2022 for the Provost stands at approximately $106 million, including approximately $85 million for salaries.

Priorities for the next Provost including elevating student success, closing the educational equity gap, collaboratively setting a vision for the academic future of the institution, partnering with collective bargaining units to build and sustain mutually beneficial working relationships, developing a comprehensive and inclusive strategy for the delivery of the institution’s educational programs, fostering the University’s presence and positive impact within the surrounding Mankato community, and developing vibrant partnerships with area organizations and businesses.

The full prospectus is available here.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Mark Halligan, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search
MNSUmankatoProvost@storbecksearch.com 

Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to Human Resources, 507- 389-2015 (V), 800-267-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This announcement is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity university and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

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