Rice University — Provost

Rice University seeks a distinguished scholar and experienced, collaborative administrator to serve as the university’s next provost beginning the summer of 2022. As the chief academic officer and second-ranking member of the administration, the provost has responsibility for and oversight of the institution’s entire academic enterprise, catalyzing growth and innovation while maintaining and championing excellence. The successful candidate will be a tested, decisive, collaborative, empathetic, and transparent leader who will provide strategic direction and strong management in overseeing the university’s schools, research centers, and institutes. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an eminent scholar and seasoned administrator to join one of the world’s leading liberal arts research universities at an unprecedented time of growth and transformation and to help chart its path into the future.

Rice University is a private, first-tier research university dedicated to rigorous undergraduate and graduate education, research, and professional training in selected disciplines. Rice’s 930 faculty are devoted to the instruction and training of approximately 4,200 undergraduate students and 3,900 graduate and professional students. In the 2022 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of national universities, the university ranked 17th overall and 8th for undergraduate education. The university is centrally located in Houston, near the Texas Medical Center, the city’s Museum District, the Innovation District, and the downtown financial and cultural districts.

The provost will work closely and collaboratively with the president, the vice president for finance and administration, the vice president for research, deans, and other key leaders to advance the university’s mission, and will preside over the affairs of the university in the absence of the president. As the chief academic officer with oversight of the academic budget, the provost will be responsible for ensuring that financial, capital, physical, and human resources are aligned with the mission and priorities of the university. The successful candidate will enhance the academic distinction of the university by attracting and supporting a growing number of preeminent faculty members and scholars and by fostering a culture of dean-led strategic innovation that bolsters student success. Over the next several years, Rice will experience significant and strategic growth within the faculty ranks; approximately 200 faculty will be recruited in the coming 5-6 years. The provost will have the opportunity to significantly shape the future of the university through these hires. The provost will also work closely with admissions, enrollment services, and student affairs leadership to strengthen the links between students’ academic success and overall development and well-being, sense of shared learning, reflection, and engagement.


Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:

Katie Rockman, Partner
Peter Lange, Partner
Afi Tettey-Fio, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.