New website highlights search for senior vice president for academic affairs/provost


A national search is underway for a new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. A new website provides information about the timeline for the search, a detailed job description, the process for applying and members of the search committee. The search committee is being chaired by Phyllis Vetter, university vice president and general counsel, and Stuart Culver, dean of the College of Humanities. Application materials are due by July 22, 2022.

Among the qualifications sought in a new SVPAA:

  • Distinguished record in teaching and scholarship with an earned doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree) to warrant an academic appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure in one of the University of Utah’s academic departments.
  • Progressive and successful record of administrative leadership at the level of provost, associate provost, dean or similar position at a large, complex, comprehensive research university.
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with members of the cabinet and other campus leaders.
  • Experience creating and leading the execution of an academic strategic plan that closely aligns with the mission, vision and values of the university.
  • Unwavering commitment and demonstrated success in enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within an organization.
  • Exceptional budget management skills; the ability to make strategic financial decisions while ensuring transparency around the allocation of resources.
  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty excellence; experience supporting and promoting impactful teaching and academic research.
  • Proven track record in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining diverse leaders and supporting their professional development to create successful leadership teams.
  • Ability to understand and support the broad range of academic areas represented at the university; proven bridge-builder and promoter of cross-disciplinary collaborations.
  • A passion for a student-centered university where opportunity, inclusivity, and student success are highly valued.
  • Deep commitment to shared governance; skills in fostering collaborative, consultative and meaningful partnerships among university and community constituents and considering all voices in the decision-making process.
  • Record of building relationships with donors, alumni, and other external stakeholders in order to secure external funding for innovative academic and student programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate ideas, perspectives and values while listening to others.

Read the full job description here.