Texas A&M University-San Antonio — Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications from accomplished and innovative leaders for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost).

Texas A&M University-San Antonio
In May 2009, the Texas Legislature signed Senate Bill 629, which established A&M-SA as a standalone institution. Since its founding as the first upper-division institution of higher education in South San Antonio, A&M-SA has grown from its upper-division roots to its current role as a contemporary, comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. During this period, the University has impacted lives in South San Antonio and its surrounding communities, providing access to quality education while becoming a catalyst for regional growth – with countless stories of the students, graduates, faculty and staff who are on a mission to discover, inspire, lead and create. 

Between May 2009 to fall 2017, A&M-SA’s enrollment grew more than 340 percent. Designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2017, the University currently serves nearly 7,000 students and has graduated more than 13,000 alumni. The student body is 65 percent female, 77 percent Hispanic, and approximately 73 percent of students are the first in their family to attend college. Through the University’s 33 undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees, students can pursue a wide variety of in-demand fields, such as education, business, information technology and cyber security, criminology, and biology. A&M-SA prepares and empowers students with knowledge and marketable skills that prepare them for rewarding careers, responsible global citizenship, and lifelong learning. A&M-SA is quickly expanding to fill its 700-acre campus. Due to the rapid growth, the University’s footprint is transforming, with Esperanza Hall, the first residence hall having opened in fall 2017; the Science & Technology Building, which opened in Spring 2018; and the Texas A&M-San Antonio Classroom Hall, A&M-SA’s sixth campus building, on August 18, 2020.

The University’s values that define A&M-SA as student centered, equity-minded, visionary, a catalyst for opportunity, collaborative, and committed to excellence, provide a foundation for its world-class faculty to inspire graduates to be lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. A&M-SA is on a trajectory to continue growing as an economic and social catalyst, while also implementing innovative programs to support student and academic success that will become a national model of excellence. The recently established strategic vision for 2040 and the current 5-year strategic plan, Transforming Tomorrow Together, provide the foundation and direction for achieving these aspirations. For more information about A&M-SA, please visit https://www.tamusa.edu. 

The Position
The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic officer for the university and reports directly to the President. As a strategic academic leader, the Provost has expertise in teaching, scholarship, research, and administrative duties as well as a deep understanding of a comprehensive and highly diverse regional university. They provide leadership and direction to all academic units and programs through the academic plan, assure continued expansion of academic programs, and promote student academic success. The Provost has overall responsibility for managing an E&G budget in excess of $30 million. 

The Provost serves on the President’s Cabinet and collaborates with the President and other cabinet members to develop, implement and assess comprehensive and innovative academic programs and academic support services aligned with the institution’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan. The Provost role is a highly visible position contributing to the overall leadership of the University. They will be a strong advocate for the University and represent the campus at the A&M-System Board of Regents (BOR) and A&M System academic meetings. The Provost will be engaged with the entire University, interacting with all departments at all levels and inspiring innovation and vision. 

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate must possess:

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and academic qualifications appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor at one of the A&M-SA Colleges.
  • Seven to ten years of academic administrative experience in progressively responsible positions, preferably at the dean or associate VP level or higher.
  • Experience with various higher education accreditation and/or higher education coordinating bodies.
  • A commitment to or experience developing high-impact student recruitment and retention strategies coupled with implementing other student success initiatives and programs.
  • An excellent record of leadership, teaching, publication/research, and service to higher education and the community.
  • An understanding of the laws, policies, and regulations governing higher education.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to shared governance.
  • A successful track record managing people and fiscal resources.

For a complete position profile, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/AMSA-Provost.pdf 

Application and Nomination 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 curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that explains how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement. Nomination letters should include contact information for 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 Cruz, Partner
SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
Email: apsearch@spaexec.com
Refer to “A&M-SA-PSVPAA” in subject line

Texas A&M University-San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/ Disability Employer.

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