University of Houston — Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Houston System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston

The University of Houston System (UHS) and the University of Houston (UH) invite inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (SVCAA, SVPAA & Provost). In the concurrent roles of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for UHS and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for UH, this key person will join a multi-talented and innovative public research university community making considerable progress on its determined course toward comprehensive excellence and impact. 

The University of Houston
Founded in 1927 and currently led by President Renu Khator, the University of Houston is the largest public research university in Houston and the third largest university in Texas offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Located in Houston’s historic Third Ward and dedicated to serving as an impactful partner within its community, UH is the oldest of the four UHS universities and recognized as an R1 institution by the Carnegie Foundation for its high level of research activity and home to a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. With more than $203 million in research expenditures in FY 2020, UH’s research enterprise includes eight national research centers, 25 university research centers and institutes, and the newly launched Presidential Frontier Faculty program to hire 100 university-wide integrated interdisciplinary faculty hiring campaign. In addition, UH awards more than 11,500 degrees annually, and has over 300,000 alumni, many of whom live and work in Texas. 

UH is proudly designated as a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution and in Fall 2021, enrolled more than 47,000 students in 275 undergraduate and graduate academic programs with approximately 8,400 students housed in nine residential communities. With 452 registered student organizations and 17 NCAA Division 1 intercollegiate sports teams, campus life at UH is vibrant and engaging and UH’s student body ranks second in the nation among research universities for its ethnic diversity. 

The University of Houston System
Serving more than 76,000 students, UHS is comprised of four universities, each proudly designated as an HSI, and six multi-institution instructional sites that offer degrees in partnership with the universities and plays a transformational role in the economic development and well-being of the Greater Houston area and its surrounding regions. 

Position Summary
The SVCAA, SVPAA & Provost reports directly to Renu Khator, UH President and UHS Chancellor, and serves as the University’s chief academic officer. In overseeing an Academic Affairs organization supported by an operational budget of more than $561 million, the SVCAA, SVPAA & Provost will be responsible for aligning academic and budgetary policy and priorities, ensuring the quality of the faculty and student body, helping to expand the research enterprise, and maintaining the educational excellence of the institution. 

In addition, the SVCAA, SVPAA & Provost will also play a critical role within UHS as its Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by providing academic leadership for the four UHS universities that results in optimal coordination and integration of the academic affairs of UHS. The ability to coordinate priorities amongst the UH campuses will be crucial to the success to UHS initiatives.

Required Qualifications
Qualifications for the position include a distinguished record of academic leadership and accomplishment commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure at a research university and administrative experience in such a university. The successful candidate would have a deep understanding of interactions across a system of universities. The successful candidate will demonstrate high academic standards and a broad understanding of the disciplines and professions represented at the University of Houston, will be an outstanding communicator, demonstrate commitment to improving access to higher education, and will value shared governance and practice teamwork.

To view the complete position prospectus, please visit uh.edu/provost-search

Application and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of 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
Sal Venegas Jr., Principal
Email: apsearch@spaexec.com
Refer to code “UH-SVCAASVPAAProvost” in the subject line

SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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