Wichita State University — Executive Vice President and Provost

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Wichita State University in their search for Executive Vice President and Provost.

For best consideration, please apply by January 19, 2022

Wichita State University requires an accomplished leader with a demonstrated track record of visionary leadership and financial acumen to become the next Executive Vice President and Provost.  In addition to being a highly collaborative, results-focused, outward facing academic leader, the ideal candidate will be a strong advocate for both faculty and students alike, balancing the needs across campus in an equitable and effective manner. 

The Executive Vice President and Provost will report directly to the President and must possess the leadership strength and skills to work with deans, faculty and staff in shaping an urban public research university that is student centered and innovation driven.  The Executive Vice President and Provost will lead the university’s efforts to become the model for meaningful applied learning across all disciplines and professions.  The Executive Vice President and Provost will work closely with faculty, staff and other members of the President’s Executive Team to promote the university’s three priorities: 1) improve access to education, 2) produce talent that meets business needs, and 3) increase the economic prosperity of the Wichita community.

Reporting to the President, this position has a broad scope of responsibilities with the following direct reports: Associate Vice President Academic Administration & Outreach; Associate Vice President Strategic Enrollment Management; Chief Data Officer; Vice President Strategic Engagement & Planning; Research; Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Military and Veteran Programs; Vice President Student Affairs; Dean of Business; Dean of Applied Studies; Dean of Engineering; Dean of Fine Arts; Dean of Graduate School; Dean of Honors College; Dean of Innovation & Design; Dean of Health Professions; Dean of Fairmount College of Arts & Sciences; Dean of Libraries; The Ulrich Museum; KMUW Radio Station; Office of Workforce, Professional & Community Education; and the Regional Institute on Aging.

https://www.wichita.edu/academics/academic_affairs/StaffandEvents/AA_Org_chart_012821.pdf

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A track record that documents understanding of and the ability to lead an increasingly innovation-driven urban public research university focused on the future.
  • Demonstrated skill in growing enrollment leading to student success.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in developing new models of education to expand the competitiveness of this region and state.
  • Ability to articulate the nature of the university’s mission in an urban setting to all stakeholders and to translate that mission into practice.
  • Demonstrated success in securing external funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to strengthen graduate education.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully budget and find new ways to generate income to support growth of the academic capacities of the university.
  • Ability to work in an environment based on teaming and the ability to work with people of different backgrounds and expertise.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial skills and an ability to leverage the expertise of faculty and staff to enhance the educational and research missions of the university.
  • Ability to be a dynamic, engaging, and effective spokesperson that actively advocates for and strengthens the link between education, business, and economic development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Ability to bridge academic and business communities, communicate persuasively, and connect with internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated commitment to preserving and supporting freedom of thought, speech and expression.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and highly proficient oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative decision-making including effective experience with shared governance.
  • Ability to work with the WSU Foundation in achieving fundraising goals for the university.
  • Record of active involvement in professional organizations and community engagement.

Minimum Requirements

  • An earned doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Ten years of significant administrative and leadership experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Must be eligible for tenure at the full professor level within an academic department at Wichita State University.

About the University

Wichita State University is located in the heart of the Midwest and offers a wide variety of programs – including more than 200 majors and specializations. Wichita State is distinctive for opening pathways to applied learning, applied research, and career opportunities, alongside unsurpassed classroom, laboratory, and online education. The university’s beautiful 330-acre main campus is a supportive, rapidly expanding learn-work-live-play environment, where students gain knowledge and credentials to prepare for fulfilling lives and careers. Students enjoy a wide selection of day, evening, and summer courses in more than 200 areas of study at the main campus and other locations throughout the metro area and online. WSU’s approximately 16,000 students come from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 other countries. Wichita State’s Innovation Campus is an interconnected community of nearly 50 partnership buildings, laboratories, and mixed-use areas where students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs, and businesses have access to the university’s vast resources and technology. The Barton School of Business will be moving into a new, state-of-the-art building adjacent to the WSU Innovation Campus beginning in Fall of 2022.

Living in the Area

With a population of almost 700,000, Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas and at the center of everything. As Kansas’ largest metropolitan area and ranked #1 most affordable college town in America, Wichita is the commercial, financial, medical, cultural, and entertainment hub for the state of Kansas. Despite its growth, Wichita hasn’t lost its friendly Midwestern feel, and that makes it an ideal community for aspiring college students. 

Wichita sits in the center of the U.S. Great Plains and enjoys excellent weather and a mild climate for most of the year. The city has been named one of the Top 50 Sunniest Cities in the U.S., and residents can take advantage by exploring over 100 parks and 150 miles of bike and hiking trails. Wichita is known as the Air Capital of the World, a nod to its large aircraft industry—but we have a long history of entrepreneurial spirit and business success. Some of the world’s most innovative companies are proud to call Wichita home — including some located right on WSU’s campus. The city’s size and thriving business community give offers endless opportunities for experiential learning and creative collisions with entrepreneurs, dreamers and experts from all disciplines who are working for positive change in the world.

To Apply 

Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES) is assisting Wichita State University. Inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated confidentially.

For best consideration, please apply by January 19, 2022.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. 

Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly at: https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjyis35i 

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. 

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially. 

Inquiries and questions: Please send to wichitavpprovost@acesrch.com

Nominations and referrals: Please send to nominations@acesrch.com

Equal Employment Opportunity 

Wichita State University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs, or activities on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

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