Framingham State University — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Framingham State University (FSU) seeks nominations of and applications from exceptional leaders for consideration as candidates for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

As the University’s chief academic officer, FSU’s next provost will champion faculty excellence and staff success, further strengthen a commitment to a student-centered experience, and enhance the University’s role as an anchor in the bustling MetroWest community. Founded in 1839, FSU today enrolls approximately 4,400 students, including 3,200 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate and professional students.

Located on a picturesque New England campus 20 miles from Boston, Framingham State is a vibrant comprehensive university that integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with excellent programs in the arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, business, education, STEM, and other professional fields.

FSU is distinguished by a faculty of dedicated teacher-scholars, a dedicated staff, strong alumni engagement, and a diverse, hardworking student body, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. The University empowers student success by providing a superior education, engaged research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience. Framingham State takes pride in its inclusive, close-knit community, and a commitment to inclusive excellence and anti-racism touches every aspect of its operations.

The Provost reports directly to newly elected President Nancy Niemi and is a member of the President’s executive staff and cabinet. The Provost provides leadership and oversight for all academic programs and centers; coordinates strategic planning and initiatives; promotes faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, advising, and service; advocates for the University’s anti-racism mission; supports faculty participation in recruitment and retention initiatives; and expands opportunities for engagement and outreach in the local, state, national, and global domains.  Learn more in this comprehensive leadership profile.

The next provost must be able to think strategically, prioritize effectively, and work with a wide range of constituencies. The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills and demonstrate a strong commitment to student success, anti-racism, and social justice.

An earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree is required along with distinction as a scholar and educator that merits eligibility for appointment as full professor with tenure. Candidates must demonstrate substantial, senior-level higher education administration relevant to a teaching-oriented university. 

WittKieffer is assisting Framingham State University with this search. Applicants should provide a letter of interest and curriculum vitae using WittKieffer’s candidate portal by April 2, 2022. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Lucy Leske, Philip Tang and Sandra Chu at

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply. Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or