Given the unprecedented challenges and opportunities facing higher education, the role of the provost continues to evolve and expand. As the institution’s chief academic officer, the provost is responsible for leading its educational, scholarly, and research missions. Usually serving as the institution’s second officer working in close partnership with the president, the provost often has broad oversight of such areas as strategic planning, budgeting, enrollment management, student affairs, and information technology. Because the provost’s role differs significantly from institution to institution, it is crucial that your search consultant understands the nuances of the role and is able to assist in analyzing and clarifying priorities and expectations of the role as part of the search process.
Increasingly, colleges and universities are looking for leaders who are entrepreneurial and adept at managing in turbulent times to help position their institutions to meet current and future challenges. Spelman Johnson has worked across the national education landscape and includes among our client institutions private, public, four-year, two-year, graduate, professional, secondary, and specialty institutions. As experts in executive search and former education leaders ourselves, we understand the role of senior academic officers and work to build a broad, deep, and diverse pool of candidates that includes seasoned and emerging leaders. Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you.