The Opportunity

Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane University is one of the nation’s leading educational and research institutions offering degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine. Enrolling over 13,500 students, both graduates and undergraduates, Tulane students represent all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries. Tulane’s main uptown campus of 110 acres includes over 90 buildings and houses most of its schools and colleges. The Tulane University Health Sciences Center in downtown New Orleans consists of the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane Medical Center, the School of Social Work, and Technology Services, while the Tulane National Primate Research Center is located in Covington, Louisiana. With 4,400 full-time employees, Tulane is one of the largest employers in New Orleans and is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and studnts.

The Position

Role of the Assistant Provost for Title IX Compliance & Education for Tulane University

Reporting to senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, the assistant provost for Title IX compliance and education will lead the University’s Title IX initiatives to reinforce the University’s commitment to the creation of a safe climate for all community members free from sexual harassment and sexual violence and to enhance the University’s efforts in outreach, education, prevention programs, and communication. With the primary responsibility for managing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the University’s obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act, the assistant provost will work closely, and in coordination with, designated individuals in leadership roles who are responsible for compliance with Title IX, including the deputy Title IX coordinators in the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Student Affairs as well as the assistant vice president of student affairs and Tulane University Police Department.

Primary duties include overseeing the University’s response to Title IX complaints, including dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems; ensuring faculty, staff, and student awareness of and adherence to the University’s Title IX policies through the development of regular training and education programs that meet federal, state and local guidelines including reporting options; working closely and in coordination with the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity, Student Affairs and the Tulane University Police Department, to ensure prompt and equitable investigations of sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints and overall compliance with the University’s obligations under Title IX. In addition, the assistant provost will monitor and conduct periodic reviews of the University’s Title IX sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and relationship violence policies, procedures, and prevention programs. The assistant provost will collaborate with the Office of Violence Prevention & Victim Support Services and The Center for Wellness & Health Promotion on the creation and implementation of campus programs to change the culture of the campus with the goal of eliminating sexual violence; management of trend analysis including report tracking, campus climate surveys; and developing and maintaining communication strategies (web, social media, print, media, etc.) to raise awareness of available resources and to enhance the University’s policies, practices, and programs. The assistant provost will assure that reporting of any incident results in the collection of relevant facts, assessment of whether a further review or investigation is necessary, and completion and communication of the process congruent with all applicable laws and statutes; and will collect all information and provide an annual summary of Title IX cases at Tulane University including final decisions, resolutions, etc. 

The Title IX office consists of a staff of four, including the assistant provost, assistant director, and two programs coordinators. 

Other essential duties include:

Institutional Monitoring and Compliance Assurance

  • remains knowledgeable about current state and federal laws, regulations and trends in the field of higher education related to Title IX;
  • advances the university’s initiatives to ensure compliance in policy and practice;
  • coordinates and monitors Title IX efforts of other delegates and University offices that receive and/or investigate complaints, including but not limited to the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity, Student Affairs, Tulane University Police Department,  Regional Campuses, and University Athletics;
  • organizes and maintains grievance files, disposition reports, and other compiled records regarding complaints of sexual harassment and other discriminatory practices, including annual descriptive reports of number and nature of filed complaints and disposition of complaints;
  • stay abreast of best practices related to civil rights investigation; and
  • review and ensure University policies, procedures, protocols and practices are in compliance with Title IX regulations and applicable Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) guidance.

Consultation, Investigation, and Disposition

In coordination with the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity, Student Affairs and the Tulane University Police Department

  • receives and processes, in a timely manner, inquiries from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of the University’s policies regarding sexual harassment, including sexual and gender violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking;
  • receives and processes, in a timely manner, inquiries from third parties who report suspicion of harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of the University’s policies;
  • receives and processes, in a timely manner, complaints from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of the University’s applicable policies;
  • receives and processes, in a timely manner, complaints from third parties who report suspicion or harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of applicable University policies;
  • notifies complainants of receipt of the complaint;
  • notifies respondents that a complaint has been made;
  • notifies supervisor(s) of respondent that complaint has been made;
  • investigates and/or conduct inquiries into alleged discrimination and/or harassment;
  • interviews complainants, respondents, and material witnesses; obtains and review documents and other relevant materials from complainant and/or respondent;
  • issues findings of fact and recommendations for disposition of complaints and notifies all parties regarding disposition;
  • notifies complainants of his or her right to pursue remedies outside of the University grievance process; follows-up with parties regarding implementation of recommendations contained in disposition; seeks assistance from parties’ supervisors or advisors, if necessary to implement recommendations;
  • monitors compliance of all requirements and time-lines specified in the complaint/grievance procedures; and
  • coordinates with the Department of Athletics and University related activities to operate in full compliance with university, conference and NCAA rules and regulations.

Advising President & Other University Officials

  • provides ongoing consultation regarding Title IX requirements, grievance procedures, and compliance programs to the President, the Provost, the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Vice President of Institutional Equity and other University officials; and
  • assists in resolution of complex harassment and discrimination cases in conjunction with the Vice President of Institutional Equity.

Annual Reporting

  • works with Title IX Team to ensure accurate statistics for reporting purpose;
  • conducts regular reviews of the Timely Warning policy and the decision-making process for when a warning is issued;
  • prepares quarterly reports on the incidence of Title IX complaints to be distributed to the President’s Cabinet; and
  • prepares an annual report to be shared with the Board of Administrators and President’s cabinet that captures statistics, including disposition of complaints and further outlines all of the university’s efforts related to Title IX compliance.

History of the Position 

The previous assistant provost, after serving Tulane well for over five years, left Tulane for another position in late 2021. She left the office with a strong foundation from which the new assistant provost can build upon and collaboratively work to move the office to next level.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The following were identified as possible opportunities and challenges that will face the new assistant provost.

  • The assistant provost must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to Title IX policy, practice, implementation, advocacy, and reporting requirements. Tulane desires a knowledgeable and forward-thinking professional who can implement and lead cutting-edge, best practices of Title IX programs, initiatives, etc. at the institution.
  • It is imperative candidates understand and/or have participated in the investigative process of Title IX cases.
  • The assistant provost has the opportunity to enhance the prevention component of the office.
  • This spring Tulane will embark on a campus climate survey the results of which will help inform new plans, programs, services and initiatives.
  • Tulane desires to be a national leader in Title IX work allowing the new assistant provost to dream big,
  • The staff within the Title IX office is exceptional, passionate, and committed to this work.
  • The assistant provost should be a leader capable of managing crises and complex situations, unwaveringly committed to the well-being and support of students and staff, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at a large institution.
  • Tulane’s administration is very supportive of the Title IX office and its work.
  • The ability to create and implement restorative justice programming.
  • The assistant provost must be highly collaborative—able and willing to establish credibility with all constituencies through excellent listening, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • The assistant provost needs to be a strong relationship builder and communicator with the ability to inspire trust.
  • Educational programs and sexual assault prevention training opportunities are an integral responsibility of the position; the new assistant provost must have extensive experience delivering such programs.


Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Tulane, the following items will define initial success for the assistant provost.

  • Strong relationships, partnerships, and trust have been established across a wide array of campus and external stakeholders. 
  • The assistant provost is seen as the “face” of the Title IX office as well as the campus expert in this field, and the Title IX Office is recognized for its high-end service by the campus community.
  • Decisions emanating from this office are seen as fair and equitable (even when those decisions are not always popular).
  • A solid array of educational programs and training opportunities have been developed and implemented.
  • As much as is appropriate, the Title IX policies, process, procedures, and communications are transparent and readily available.
  • Climate surveys show an improved student attitude toward the services, they feel they are being heard and respected, they have confidence in the office, they are aware of and participating in prevention education activities, and they feel comfortable visiting or sending a friend or colleague to the Title IX Office
  • Faculty support the assistant provost and feel comfortable sending students to this office.
  • A clear vision is in place that will map out the direction for the office and the program over the next few years.
  • As much as possible, the assistant provost is involved with the student body and the administration across campus outside the confines and responsibilities of the office.
  • All cases continue to be well-managed with an empathetic and respectful approach.


Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of four years of progressive experience in designing, developing, and implementing successful education and training programs in a complex and fast-paced environment. The new assistant provost must have experience conducting investigations into civil rights violations or sexual assault complaints. Further, the successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written skills; demonstrated knowledge of Title IX and other applicable laws and regulations, including institutional compliance and best practices; the ability to manage an ongoing and complex caseload of Title IX related incidents and complaints; and effective project management, organization, and analytical skills. Strong presentation and facilitation skills emphasizing education and training for diverse university constituencies; excellent attention to detail, strong problem-solving skills, the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information; and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity are all required qualifications. 

Preferred qualifications include a Juris Doctorate or equivalent from an accredited law school; background in higher education; proficiency in leading multi-disciplinary teams; an ability to act independently, to take the initiative, and exercise sound judgment; demonstrated ability to lead and inspire with a wide range of campus constituencies (students, faculty, staff, parents, administrators) with diplomacy and tact; and the ability to build partnerships and collaborations across the university and with peer institutions.

In addition to the above-stated qualifications and characteristics, Tulane stakeholders identified the following characteristics as important for the assistant provost (in no particular order).

demonstrated investigative skills in a Title IX setting or legal environment;

  • a background in trauma-informed sexual assault response and victim services;
  • strong legal knowledge and abilities balance with compassion and empathy for all constituents;
  • demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and intersectionality along with a willingness to stand up for these values;
  • fosters a level of trust and credibility with the students;
  • demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
  • solid understanding of both prevention and response; 
  • an excellent and transparent communicator with robust public relations skills and the ability to reach all levels of the University, including students, faculty, alumni, and upper level administration;
  • solid interpersonal skills, an approachable demeanor, an easy conversationalist, and an active listener; 
  • excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively; 
  • maintains a strong national network and presence within Title IX work;
  • experience in diplomacy, political savviness, and mediation, as well as the ability to develop consensus around difficult issues;
  • maintain a broader vision for this work and work with the staff to implement;
  • ability to de-mystify the reporting process for all University constituents;
  • an understanding of the importance of process in the area of Title IX, keen attention to all the details of the process, and consistency at all times;
  • strong presentation and training skills;
  • an unquestioned commitment to integrity, with the ability to remain fair and unbiased at all times;
  • an understanding of social media and its implications on sexual misconduct and Title IX response processes;
  • a strong leader with the ability to prioritize effectively;
  • energy and enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, a positive attitude even in the face of adversity, a personable and approachable demeanor, charisma, and the ability to have fun on the job, even though the subject matter can be heavy;
  • an innovator with a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes;
  • strong interview skills in relation to investigations;
  • robust assessment skills and the ability to bring metrics, data, and statistical analysis to bear on the Title IX Office;
  • flexibility and adaptability at all times;
  • experience with case management technology; and
  • the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary, to conduct difficult conversations when pertinent, to listen to all sides of an issue, and to remain “cool under pressure” no matter the situation.

Institution & Location

Overview of The Title IX Office

This office is dedicated to ensuring gender equity at Tulane University, which includes coordinating the University’s efforts to prevent and effectively respond to all forms of sex discrimination (including gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination) and sexual misconduct impacting community members, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. This work is done in compliance with applicable law, including Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, all of which are coordinated by the assistant provost. This office also maintains the University’s comprehensive program designed to prevent sexual misconduct and remediate the effects of sexual misconduct on victims and the greater Tulane community.

All In – Tulane’s commitment to stop all sexual violence

Tulane University is All In to stop all forms of sexual violence. 

Tulane University affirms the right of all students to access an education free of sexual violence. The All In website brings together information, resources, and opportunities to empower the campus community in efforts to prevent, intervene in, and respond to acts of sexual violence.

Survivors of sexual violence are encouraged to explore the Get Help section for information about both short and long term support services, as well as information about medical, legal, and therapeutic options available on and off campus. Similarly, the How to Support section provides guidance for friends, parents, and faculty/staff searching for ways to support their loved ones. The below video explains the changes made to Title IX in 2020 and what that means for survivors of sexual violence at Tulane.


Dr. Robin Forman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Forman was appointed Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in September 2016. He previously served as dean of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. He has held faculty and administrative appointments at Rice University, and has served as an instructor at MIT and as a visiting professor at the University of Burgundy, Harvard University and the Mathematical Research Institute. Dr. Forman received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree in mathematics from Harvard University. His research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, focuses on combinatorial methods in topology and geometry.

Institutional Overview

New Orleans in 1834 was one of the busiest international port cities in the world. But the city wasn’t just importing goods from across the world, they were also importing deadly diseases like yellow fever, malaria and smallpox. In an effort to treat these diseases, learn more about them and train more doctors, the Medical College of Louisiana was formed.

By 1847, the Medical College of Louisiana was a newly established public institution, the University of Louisiana. But in 1884, wealthy merchant Paul Tulane, a native of Princeton, N.J., wanted to express his appreciation for the city that made him his fortune. He donated more than $1 million in land, cash and securities “for the promotion and encouragement of intellectual, moral and industrial education.” His generous gift transformed the University of Louisiana into Tulane University. In 1886, the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College was established as Tulane’s co-ordinate college for women.

More than 180 years later, Tulane University has become one of the most respected educational and research institutions in the country. Tulane is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with “preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Tulane also is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes only two percent of universities nationwide.

In July, 2014 President Mike Fitts was named the 15th President of Tulane. President Fitts has ushered in a new era at Tulane focused on creating the most meaningful student experience anywhere and greatly increasing and deepening the university’s level of interdisciplinary teaching and research. His efforts are quickly establishing Tulane as a place where the best minds from the widest array of fields seek solutions to the world’s most pressing problems through cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation.

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is a major U.S. port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. With a population of approximately 400,000, New Orleans is famous for its cuisine, its music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in America.

New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. New Orleans is world-famous for its abundance of unique architectural styles that reflect the city’s historical roots and multicultural heritage. Though New Orleans possesses numerous structures of national architectural significance, it is equally, if not more, revered for its enormous, largely intact (even post-Katrina) historic built environment.

Many styles of housing exist in the city, including the shotgun house (originating from New Orleans) and the bungalow style. Creole townhouses, notable for their large courtyards and intricate iron balconies, line the streets of the French Quarter. Throughout the city, there are many other historic housing styles: Creole cottages, American townhouses, double-gallery houses, and raised center-hall cottages. St. Charles Avenue is famed for its large antebellum homes. Its mansions are in various styles, such as Greek Revival, American Colonial, and the Victorian styles of Queen Anne and Italianate architecture. New Orleans is also noted for its large, European-style Catholic cemeteries, which can be found throughout the city.

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Mission Statement

Tulane’s purpose is to create, communicate and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to think, to learn and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom.

Tulane pursues this mission by cultivating an environment that focuses on learning and the generation of new knowledge; by expecting and rewarding teaching and research of extraordinarily high quality and impact; and by fostering community-building initiatives as well as scientific, cultural and social understanding that integrate with and strengthen learning and research. This mission is pursued in the context of the unique qualities of our location in New Orleans and our continual aspiration to be a truly distinctive international university.

Key Initiatives

President Fitts is building a new Tulane. He is boosting the university’s life-saving, world-changing research, transforming its student experience, and creating the infrastructure and financial stability that support both. He is also dedicated to increasing the university’s diversity and honoring the contributions of people from all races and cultures who have made Tulane what it is today and what it will be in the future.

  • Enhancing the Student Experience: President Fitts is creating a campus that will fuel learning, collaboration and community.
  • Honoring and Advancing Diversity: The Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane Values is committed to fostering a racially diverse, inclusive community for all Tulanians.
  • Promoting Pioneering Research: President Fitts believes working across disciplines to pursue groundbreaking discoveries has the most significant global impact.
  • Ensuring Financial Stability: Under President Fitts”s leadership, Tulane has shattered fundraising records year after year since launching Only the Audacious: The Campaign for an ever bolder Tulane.

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Michael A. Fitts, President

Michael A. Fitts has served as the 15th president of Tulane University since 2014. Fitts is recognized as one of the country’s foremost legal scholars on administrative and constitutional law, particularly matters relating to separation of powers. A trademark of his scholarship, consistent with the values he later brought to his academic leadership roles, has been its interdisciplinary compass, drawing insights from political science, psychology, game theory, philosophy, economics and history in challenging conventional wisdom about legal institutions and governmental powers. Fitts also holds the position of Judge Réné H. Himel Professor of Law at Tulane Law School. In 2018 (a year early), the Board of Tulane announced President Fitts’ renewal for a second five-year term.

Tulane has extraordinary natural strengths with its range of disciplines, size and distinct character. When joining Tulane, President Fitts saw an opportunity to build on these strengths to create a leading model in higher education. He seeks to create the most interconnected living and learning environment and interdisciplinary research that takes on the most profound local and global challenges. Under Fitts’ leadership, Tulane has advanced its reputation as a world-class academic environment that fosters pioneering research, intellectual cross-pollination, transformative teaching and an unmatched student experience.

Building Academic Collaborations across Disciplines

In his first year as president, Fitts convened the Task Force on Academic Collaborations to evaluate opportunities for excellence and consider how a leading research university of Tulane’s size and ambition could combine disciplines to address these issues. Since 2015, Tulane has seen a significant increase in research activity. He has overseen the hiring of seven new academic deans, two endowed presidential chairs, a new director of the Tulane National Primate Research Center and new vice president for research. Under his leadership, Tulane has launched a number of interdisciplinary academic hubs including the ByWater Institute, the Brain Institute, the Center of Cellular and Molecular Diagnosis, and the Center for Environmental Law. These centers and institutes combine faculty from the breadth of Tulane’s schools and disciplines to work on the world’s most pressing problems while providing unique research opportunities for the student population.

Enriching the Undergraduate Experience

President Fitts believes students and higher education institutions can set themselves apart in a fast-changing world and ever-shifting economy through the combining of different fields and skills. Under Fitts’ leadership, the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience was assembled to advance Tulane’s position as a world leader in educating students for the 21st century’s increasingly complex landscape. Fitts implemented a number of the task force’s recommendations to enhance the student experience including a restructuring of the honors program, deepening opportunities for long-term interdisciplinary research and community service to connect theory with practice, investing in services and programs that support faculty pedagogy, and increasing the number of residential learning communities. President Fitts also oversaw the formation of Mussafer Hall, a transformative space that unites career programming, academic advising, and success services for students all under one roof.

Attracting the Best and Brightest while Creating Opportunity and Diversity

President Fitts is committed to attracting the best, brightest, and most diverse students from around the world to Tulane. In 2015, Fitts formed the Commission on Race and Tulane Values – comprised of faculty, staff and students – to craft the reforms necessary to make Tulane a racially diverse, inclusive community, one in which all students learn the Tulane values of respect and equality. In 2018, Fitts created a new subcommittee of the Commission: the Committee on Campus Recognition. Its charge is to celebrate accomplished Tulanians from diverse backgrounds through the naming of buildings, spaces, faculty chairs, lectureships, and other honors. Fitts has invested in diversity and equity initiatives by increasing funding and support for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Gender & Sexual Diversity, creating the Center for Academic Equity to support first-generation students and all self-identified underrepresented or non-traditional students, and actively investing in other pipelines of support for students of all backgrounds. Under Fitts’ leadership, each incoming class has broken all previous records as Tulane’s most academically-qualified and diverse first-year class ever.

Building a Vibrant, Renewed Physical Campus

When he joined Tulane, President Fitts initiated a campus master planning process with a 21st century vision of spaces redesigned to promote connections. Fitts has presided over a number of additions and upgrades to Tulane’s campuses including the Commons, the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex, Mussafer Hall, the downtown police station, the Stewart Center for Executive Education, and a surgical facility and imaging center at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Other projects underway include the Steven and Jann Paul Hall for Science and Engineering, a new residential living quadrangle for students, and the redevelopment of historic Charity Hospital, in which Tulane will be the anchor institution with research space, classrooms, housing for students and administrative offices on the downtown campus.

Ensuring a Secure and Robust Financial Future

As the largest private employer in Louisiana, Tulane has enormous economic impact in the region, supporting close to 18,000 total jobs (14,000 in New Orleans alone) with an overall annual impact of over $3 billion. Recognizing that the fates of Tulane and New Orleans are inextricably linked, President Fitts has worked diligently to ensure Tulane will benefit from a secure and robust financial future. Through the Only the Audacious campaign, over $1 billion has been raised, breaking all school records. In 2015, Fitts conducted an operational review and restructured the university’s budget, entering the 2017 fiscal year with a balanced budget and newly-created fund for facilities renewal. Fitts also stewarded the university’s transition to a responsibility centered management financial model.

Prior to coming to Tulane, Fitts served 14 years as dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he also served as Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. As dean of Penn Law, Fitts was recognized for greatly expanding the school’s offerings in interdisciplinary education. He presided over a quadrupling of Penn Law’s endowment, a more than 40 percent increase in the size of the Law School faculty and a doubling of all forms of student financial aid. He oversaw the rebuilding or renovation of the entire law campus. The Law School’s Board of Overseers named a faculty chair, a scholarship and an auditorium at the school in his honor.

Fitts’ teaching career began at Penn Law in 1985. He has written extensively on presidential power, separation of powers, executive branch decision-making, improving the structure of political parties and administrative law. He served as president of the American Law Deans Association. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and reviews in the nation’s leading law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

President Fitts grew up in Philadelphia. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University in 1975. Inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird and its heroic protagonist Atticus Finch, he attended Yale Law School. He was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and received his juris doctorate in 1979.

He served as a clerk for federal judge and civil rights advocate Leon Higginbotham, who became a mentor to him. Fitts then worked as an attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which serves as outside counsel to the President, White House and Cabinet.

President Fitts and his wife, Renée J. Sobel, Esq., have two adult children.

Schools and Colleges

  • School of Architecture
  • A.B. Freeman School of Business
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Professional Advancement
  • School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • School of Science & Engineering
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Social Work

Tulane Rankings

Tulane University rose to No. 40 among the country’s top national universities in the latest edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, which were released today. The annual publication also ranks Tulane’s undergraduate business program 43rd in the nation and places Tulane No. 3 in Service Learning, No. 18 on its list of Best College for Veterans and No. 42 among the Most Innovative Schools.

The 2020 edition of the U.S. News rankings comes on the heels of high marks Tulane received in the popular Princeton Review rankings. Those rankings listed Tulane as the nation’s No. 1 university for Community Service; No. 2 in the Students Love These Colleges category; No. 3 in College City Gets High Marks; No. 4 for Happiest Students; No. 6 for Best Quality of Life; No. 9 for Best-Run Colleges and No. 13 among Impact Schools.

In addition to improved rankings, interest in Tulane is also at an all-time high. The university received 42,000 applications for the incoming fall class, enrolling only a select 1,800 who comprise its most academically qualified and diverse class ever.

Another project designed to enhance the student experience includes Mussafer Hall, which unites services dedicated to the success of students in their academics, careers, and lives under one roof. Tulane has also announced plans for new and renovated student residences, including additional residential programs and facilities in which students interested in deeper exploration of an academic subject, cultural experiences, or area of community service will live, study, and work together with the assistance of a faculty-in-residence and classrooms located within the residence hall.

The university has received a significant gift that will name and build the Steven and Jann Paul Hall for Science and Engineering, the new home of Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering. The new building will be part of a burgeoning Science and Engineering District that will encourage collaborations between science, engineering, the humanities, architecture and more.

Tulane continues to grow in other ways. In addition to attracting some of the country’s best students, it is experiencing growing success in recruiting faculty and researchers from other prestigious institutions nationwide, including Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, and Claremont McKenna College.

Tulane is also planning a major expansion in downtown New Orleans, where it hopes to play a major role in the revitalization of the old Charity Hospital, filling a third of its space with laboratories, clinical space, classrooms, student housing, and more.

The Student Body

Enrollment Fall 2020

  • Undergraduate: 8,549
  • Graduate and Professional: 5,923

Total: 14,472 — 8,635 females and 5,837 males

Benefits Overview


As an employee of Tulane University, the following benefits available:

  • Medical 
  • Dental plan option
  • Vision care
  • Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Tax-sheltered annuities program
  • Vacation and holiday schedule
  • Tuition benefits at Tulane for employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. 

For additional information, please visit the Tulane University’s benefits page on their website:

Application & Nomination

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.