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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Company: Lehigh University
Location: Bethlehem
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Job Description:

Lehigh University invites applications and nominations for its next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will be a dynamic and forward-thinking leader who will embrace and build upon Lehigh's identity as a research institution, extending its global footprint and demonstrating a deep commitment to education and student success.As the University's chief academic officer, the Provost will work closely with the President, College Deans, Deputy Provosts, Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents. The Provost will oversee all academic matters, including but not limited to recruitment and evaluation of faculty, planning, and execution of academic investments, maintenance of high academic standards, and promotion of diversity and inclusion.In collaboration with President John Simon, the Provost will also implement Path to Prominence, the University's strategic plan. Lehigh aspires to increase the University's intellectual footprint and student population and to enhance and expand its physical infrastructure with the addition of new research facilities and residential communities. Path to Prominence has led to the formation of the new College of Health, which aims to better understand, preserve, and improve the health and well-being of populations and communities through excellence and innovation in education, research, and service. The plan also includes the construction of health, science and technology building and an effort to attract the most talented students from all over the world.Finally, the Provost will play a key role in the implementation of GO: The Campaign for Lehigh, an ambitious, $1 billion fundraising and engagement initiative launched by President Simon on October 2018. The campaign has already received several large gifts, and the money raised is earmarked to support three key university initiatives: recruitment of faculty and students, development of new facilities and programs, and support for world-class research.Lehigh University seeks in its next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs an individual who is excited about building on this trajectory and who constantly strives to promote academic excellence and institutional diversity and inclusion. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated ability to work constructively and collaboratively with multiple constituencies and translate bold and ambitious ideas into successful action. Lehigh's next Provost should also have a broad understanding of the challenges facing higher education and research universities and be ready to support innovation and manage change.Established by Asa Packer in 1865, Lehigh University is a private institution located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the beautiful Lehigh Valley. It is now home to five colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 120 majors and programs. With more than 7,000 students from around the world-5,047 undergraduates and 1,942 graduate students-and over 525 full-time faculty, Lehigh University is a vibrant academic community of scholars and students who strive for academic excellence.Lehigh University enters the next decade with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm. The University already enjoys worldwide recognition for its top-notch undergraduate and graduate education as well as for its outstanding faculty research. Consistently recognized as one of the top 50 universities in the nation by US News and World Report, Lehigh's foundation is sound. The next Provost will be a key figure in the construction of the University's next chapter, overseeing and implementing President Simon's marquee initiatives, helping to build Lehigh's reputation for excellence, and leading the institution into the 2020s.Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited.To ensure full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible. Review of nominations and applications for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence.Lehigh University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.
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