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Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
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Date Posted 01/01/2019
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Department: Executive Ofc of the President (9901)

Location: Main Campus

Position Summary

President Robert (Bobby) Robbins, with the advice and counsel of a Search Advisory Committee, invites applications and nominations for the University of Arizona's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost (Provost hereafter). Reporting directly to President Robbins, the Provost is the chief academic officer of the University, and as such, will be instrumental in guiding the future of the University of Arizona. The Provost will work closely with, and complement, the efforts of President Robbins.

The Role of the Provost

The Provost is expected to be the academic and scholarly leader of the University, with ultimate responsibility for all academic programs, operations, and initiatives. The Provost has primary oversight for all academic operations of the University, including faculty promotion and tenure, and administrative structures of colleges and centers, and all aspects of student affairs.

The Provost also will be responsible for the creation and implementation of programs in consonance with the University's strategic plan. The Provost will guide the schools and colleges in light of the highly collaborative nature of the UA campus. The Provost will be responsible for appointment and evaluation of all direct reports.

Under the leadership of President Robbins, the University of Arizona has embarked on a process of reinvention, drawing from our historic strengths in hand with innovative future thinking. We also seek to further the collaborative, interdisciplinary spirit so important to our campus. We seek to enhance student performance, the standing of our scholarly programs in their respective communities, and the attainment of external support for these programs. In addition, it will be the responsibility of the Provost to work with the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation to develop a collaborative vision for the academic and research enterprise of the University.

About the University of Arizona

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona ("UA" or the "University"), the state's flagship and land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $622 million in research investment each year, and ranking 22nd among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.

About Tucson

Tucson, located in a valley surrounded by five mountain ranges, is a great place to live and enjoy the influence of multiple cultures, the amenities and atmosphere of a major university, desert and mountain landscapes, and year-round outdoor sports and activities. Tucson has a rich history that is influenced by its proximity to Mexico and the presence of 21 federally recognized Indian Tribes in Arizona.

Today a bustling urban center of nearly a million residents, Tucson is also the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America, with traces of centuries-old Hohokam communities still visible in petroglyphs throughout the region.

Set in the lush Sonoran Desert only 65 miles from Mexico and surrounded by mountains, forests, monuments, and national parks, this unique environment is famous for mild winters, stunning sunsets, outdoor adventures and a multicultural population that reflects the rich diversity of the Southwest. With 350 days of sunshine annually, Tucson and surrounding Southern Arizona is an ideal place for hikers, bikers, swimmers, triathletes, tennis players and golfers. The city is also a thriving hub of economic and commercial activity in the Greater Southwest, home to numerous medical and research centers and a site for high technology industries, from optics to film.

Beyond technology and the great outdoors, Tucson is well known for its rich cultural offerings, including opera, theatre, ballet, mariachi festivals, rodeo, the Kitt Peak National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the historic San Xavier Mission and world-class museums, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, the Pima Air and Space Museum, and the Tucson Museum of Art. Most recently Tucson was designated as the United States' first City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

Setting and Implementing Strategy

  • The capacity to understand the complex organizational landscape and the ability to anticipate and articulate the critical issues, opportunities, and threats in the foreseeable future.

  • The ability to create and articulate an inspiring vision for the University in all areas of the academic enterprise. This includes attracting and retaining exceptional faculty.

  • The ability to seek and integrate diverse viewpoints from across the entire campus.

  • An unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus. This entails implementing strategies in which diversity is a central motivating force rather than a theme one hopes is supported.

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals that commit the organization to improved performance.

  • A commitment to rigorous reviews of administrative units (colleges, departments, centers, and institutes) with the understanding that change may be necessary.

  • A willingness to engage in thoughtful risk-taking while seeking input and data from others to foresee possible threats or unintended circumstances from decisions; someone who takes smart risks.

  • An unwavering degree of integrity and forethought in his/her approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent, consistent, and timely manner while always considering what is best for the University.

  • Understanding of the broad scholarly mission of the University - ranging from STEM research, to scholarly writing, to artistic performance and creative production.

Leading Teams

  • The ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively,celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others. An individual who demonstrates a generosity of spirit will be deemed an ideal candidate.

  • A leader who is self-reflective and aware of the boundaries of his/her knowledge. One who leads by example and drives the organization's performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.

Relationships and Influence

  • An ability to engender community engagement both in Tucson and across the state.

  • A desire and capacity to reach out on a broader level to diverse constituencies than is currently possible.

  • An ability to naturally connect and build strong collaborative relationships with others, demonstration of strong emotional intelligence as well as clear and persuasive communication skills.

  • Demonstration of an appropriate understanding of and enthusiasm for all the scholarly areas of the University.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Candidates should be politically astute and understand that a position of this stature calls for an individual with outstanding judgment. This includes a transparent leadership style, and a tenure marked by strong relations with an active and committed faculty. We seek an individual who has had proven success in bringing transformative change to a large-scale academic community. A proven ability to work with academic leaders both on the faculty and in administration is required.

The University seeks a provost who has strong interpersonal skills, who will form strong ties to our alumni, donors, Board of Regents, and local community to advance excellence at the University. We also seek an individual who has a track record of success in major fundraising campaigns, who shares the University's commitment to joining the ranks of the nation's globally oriented universities. The Provost should have a desire to facilitate continued cross-college and interdisciplinary collaboration, empower and inspire faculty to be excited about new campus initiatives, and set an example for the value of a multicultural campus and how it contributes to the overall excellence and attractiveness of the University. The candidate should appreciate the University's unique location in the Southwest and its designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution and American Indian Alaska Native Serving Institution.

Minimum Qualifications

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of ten years substantial, successful leadership experience demonstrated by quantifiable advancement of the organization they have led.

  • Demonstrated career progression that has prepared him/her for a position of this scope, complexity, and scale.

  • Demonstrated experience working with leadership of colleges, institutes, centers of excellence, operational units (business divisions and offices), or other mission critical entities as appropriate.

  • Demonstrated experience in fiscal management.

  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.

  • Demonstrated experience in advancing a diverse faculty and fostering an inclusive environment for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

  • Demonstrated record of distinguished academic excellence in their own scholarly careers.

Educational Requirements

  • A terminal degree from an accredited institution.

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40


Job Category: Administrative and Professional

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Posted Rate of Pay: DOE

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Number: A23251

Contact Information for Candidates

Dedicated Email Address:

Dr. Charles M. Falcone 
Leader, Education Practice

Charles E. Kaler 
Education Practive
Direct: +1-612-335-3212

Open Until Filled: Yes


Special Instructions to Applicant

Prospects nominated and/or those who wish to be considered by the Search Advisory Committee should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae as well as a brief bullet point summary of administrative roles they have held and their accomplishments in each.

Confidential review of nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately. To be ensured full consideration, email a curriculum vitae and supporting materials to Russell Reynolds Associates at

Diversity Statement

The University of Arizona values its inclusive climate because diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, UA translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because the university seeks a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, it provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As an Employer of National Service, UA also welcomes alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. For more information about the University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including comprehensive information about our policies, procedures, and resources, as well as contact information for inquiries, please visit [and/or].

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