Boston University — Vice President and Associate Provost for Online Learning Initiatives

Boston University seeks an accomplished and ambitious leader to serve in the critically important, inaugural role of Vice President and Associate Provost for Online Learning Initiatives. This executive will have university-wide accountability for the strategy and implementation of high-quality online graduate degrees and certificates at affordable tuition rates to enable broad global student access. 

Boston University a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 2012, is among the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston, programs around the globe, and a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. Established in 1839, and chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls nearly 34,000 students, and employs nearly 4,000 faculty and 6,500 staff across 17 schools and colleges, and numerous administrative departments. Its current annual operating budget is $2.1 billion. 

This is an outstanding leadership opportunity that requires a creative thinker and experienced leader in the utilization of state-of-the-art remote, digital, and online technologies to expand BU’s educational reach. Building on existing and emerging online education efforts across campus, this central, university-wide organization will work to achieve economies of scale in marketing, lead generation and nurturing, course design and production, and course delivery associated with online at-scale degree offerings. In collaboration with BU’s schools and colleges, the Vice President and Associate Provost will develop a strategic path to build a portfolio of online degree and certificate offerings that yields significant enrollments. The Vice President and Associate Provost will report to the University Provost and work regularly with other University leaders. The Vice President and Associate Provost will partner with deans, faculty and staff from across BU to create a coherent ecosystem of educational opportunities that provide broad access and serve students in a purposeful way.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate-level degree, preferably in the field of higher education, information sciences, or management.  Relevant experience may substitute for field of study. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of professional engagement and innovative achievement commensurate with senior leadership positions at a major research university and/or in industry; strong understanding of issues/trends in higher education, including experience in the rapidly evolving online learning environment; proven leadership capabilities, including navigating in complex organizational settings, strategic planning, human resource management, risk management, IT vendor management, financial resource management, and related decision-making; demonstrated accomplishment fostering diverse and inclusive work settings; experience building and leading teams; and proven ability to work collaboratively with leaders across organizations. 

For a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications, please view the position profile:

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications (including CV and cover letter) to:

Shelly Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director
Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director
Lindsay Allison, Senior Search Associate  

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete the employment application, please contact the BU Equal Opportunity Office at 617-358-1796 or