“I plan to ensure that Prairie View A&M University sustains excellence in teaching, research and service for another 140-plus years. We will promote throughout the country a narrative of a Prairie View that is strong, and we will raise funds in a new and vital way so that the University will have the flexibility it needs to advance and make more visible its reach.”

– Ruth J. Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Prairie View A&M University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Director of Athletics. Reporting to President Ruth J. Simmons, renowned higher education leader and former president of Brown University and Smith College, the person appointed to this position will provide strategic leadership, direction, and oversight for an 18-sport NCAA Division I FCS intercollegiate athletics program.

Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is designated as an “institution of the first class” in the Texas Constitution and is the second oldest public institution of higher education in the state. It was founded to educate historically underserved students in Texas. Today, with a growing enrollment that exceeds 8,900 (as of fall semester 2019), the university educates students from all backgrounds and offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Students hail from Texas and 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 87 countries. A member of the Texas A&M University System, PVAMU is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service. The university’s 1,440-acre main campus is located in Prairie View, Texas, about 45 miles northwest of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city.

The Position

ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS FOR PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

The Director of Athletics reports directly to President Ruth J. Simmons and is a member of the President’s Executive Leadership Team. Responsible for the overall culture and management of the athletics department, the position provides strategic leadership, direction, and oversight for an 18-sport National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I FCS intercollegiate athletics program. The athletic director oversees strategic planning, fiscal affairs, staffing, fundraising, marketing and promotions, athletics facilities, regulatory compliance with respect to intercollegiate athletics, and general operations. The position works closely with multiple internal and external constituencies to advance PVAMU’s strategic objectives and goals, and represents the university to the NCAA and the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Director of Athletics supervises a full and part-time staff of approximately 80 people and manages a $17 million operating budget.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

Ashley Robinson served as athletic director for five years before stepping down to assume leadership of intercollegiate athletics at Jackson State University in July 2018. He was succeeded by Fred Washington, a PVAMU alumnus whose service to the university spanned 27 years and included two stints as athletic director. Following Washington’s resignation in August 2019, PVAMU alumna and associate athletic director Alecia Pete is serving as interim athletic director while a search for a permanent leader is being conducted.

With assistance from Spelman Johnson, Prairie View A&M University is conducting a nationwide search for its next Director of Athletics. The successful candidate will be expected to take office during the summer of 2020.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

The Director of Athletics will join Prairie View A&M University at a transformational moment as its community reflects on its history and builds on its many unique strengths and achievements—all with an eye toward expanding its reach and preparing students to lead productive, fulfilling lives and become leaders in their communities. The athletic director will be charged with developing a consistently winning athletics program that dominates its conference by placing consistently first or second in season finals, receiving bids for membership in increasingly more prestigious conferences, and maintaining APR rates that show increasing academic improvement.

Additional challenges and opportunities include the following:

  • Develop and implement a department-wide strategic plan that articulates a clear vision and strategy, aligning its goals, objectives, and tactics with the university’s overarching strategic plan.
  • Manage all aspects of the department and ensure that the athletics program operates at the highest levels of integrity and complies with all applicable laws and regulations, including those of the NCAA and the Southwest Athletic Conference.
  • Manage resources effectively and develop a sustainable budget model.
  • Ensure a student-athlete experience that supports academic success, safety and well-being, professional development, and inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively with other senior leaders and other offices at the university to achieve institutional goals and support student-athletes in the context of high academic and athletic achievement.
  • Recruit, develop, and retain talented and successful coaches and athletic department staff.
  • Engage with alumni, donors, volunteers, fans, industry executives, and other external stakeholders to advance the department’s goals and objectives by creating awareness, building relationships, and generating resource support for the department.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

The Director of Athletics will work to more fully integrate the athletics program into the broader university through invigorating student, faculty, staff and fan participation at games, meets, and competitions. Increasing the visibility of student-athletes and their accomplishments beyond wins and losses and creating a culture and expectation for sustained competiveness will be an important area of focus.

At an appropriate interval after joining Prairie View A&M University, the following items will define success for the new Director of Athletics:

  • demonstrated a leadership style that is credible and collegial while being highly effective;
  • evaluated organizational strengths and weaknesses and demonstrated the ability to manage short-term change and long-term development for the department;
  • maintained a conference position no lower than place two on overall academic progress rating and attain a six-year graduation rate that ensures an increase with each student athlete cohort;
  • made measurable progress towards sustaining competitive excellence across all teams with a goal of finishing in the top third of the conference as a matter of course;
  • engaged with a broad range of constituencies and promoted awareness of the issues facing athletics and the role the department plays in enhancing the student experience;
  • actively engaged with advancement to support fundraising initiatives aligned with strategic priorities of the institution and the athletics department;
  • demonstrated excellent communication and problem-solving skills, have connected with key institutional and local stakeholders, and have developed a good sense of the mission, goals, and needs of PVAMU.

The Director of Athletics will ultimately work with President Simmons to determine measures of success and their respective timetables.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A bachelor’s degree and 10 years of related management experience are required. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, 10 or more years of successful management experience with evidence of increased responsibility in intercollegiate athletics, and a working knowledge of NCAA Division I athletics and what is required to achieve success at that level. Additional expectations include: proven ability to lead and manage a complex organization; demonstrated experience in budgeting, financial planning, and revenue generation; demonstrated talent and an enthusiasm for raising private funds from donors and corporations; established record of achievement in the areas of marketing and promotions; knowledge of long-range financial planning in a complex organization; a demonstrable record of commitment and success in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among employees and student-athletes; and possess superb communication skills, optimism, resilience, commitment to ethics, and a personal style that balances  confidence with humility.

While no single candidate will likely have all the ideal qualifications, candidates should possess many of the following qualifications and characteristics articulated by PVAMU stakeholders (in no particular order):

  • An impeccable reputation for integrity and the highest standards of ethical behavior.
  • A significant understanding of NCAA Division I athletics in terms of program needs, compliance requirements, competition demands, and student-athlete development.
  • A compelling vision of the role of intercollegiate athletics in a public institution with a national presence that is committed to students and their achievement.
  • Energetic and inspirational leadership that motivates people to come together to achieve shared goals that advance the university and its athletics program.
  • Outstanding management skills—adept at strategy and operations.
  • Proven capacity to work effectively across the institution and to cultivate relationships of mutual respect and understanding with senior administrators, faculty, staff, and other offices, responding effectively to their concerns while encouraging collaborative efforts that promote inclusive excellence and student success.
  • Excellent business sense and an affinity for planning and managing complex budgets.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills to work with alumni and other partners.
  • An understanding of responsibilities discharged by coaches and appreciation of the importance of the mentoring and support they provide students.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to the importance of student-athlete welfare, including their physical health and safety, mental health, nutrition, academic success, and post-graduate planning.
  • Excellence in setting and achieving challenging goals, ensuring measurable results and a positive student-athlete experience.
  • Ability to provide oversight of facilities management, planning, and capital projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis prevention and management, with coordinated campus interaction and response.
  • Experience as an innovative program builder who has demonstrated the ability to navigate the campus environment by establishing partnerships with other university leaders.
  • Readiness to enthusiastically embrace and promote the traditions and heritage of PVAMU and its athletic programs.
  • Strong business acumen and experience negotiating large financial contracts, especially related to conference media rights, game agreements, and contracts.
  • Experience with change management in an environment with a rich history and deep traditions.
  • Experience using technology, assessment, and outcome metrics to enhance productivity, effectiveness, and continuous improvement.
  • A track record of individual action and institutional leadership in advancing diversity and educational equity.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to make effective oral presentations, facilitate an open exchange of ideas, and write clear and concise business correspondence, proposals, and reports.
  • Proven effectiveness as a spokesperson and ambassador who can represent the institution favorably to external constituencies.
  • Ability to establish a comfortable rapport with staff, students, corporate sponsors, donors, senior officers, alumni, faculty, and other key constituents.
  • A significant understanding of fundraising and revenue development, collaborating with the development staff to enhance fundraising priorities and execute fundraising strategies.
  • Demonstrate strong strategic planning skills and an ability to build consensus and support for short and long-term goals.
  • Ensure that the head coaches recruit academically qualified students and support student-athletes and the university with retention efforts toward graduation.
  • A creative and adaptable style, able to respond to changing dynamics as circumstances dictate.

DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS: AN OVERVIEW

Department Profile

Nickname: Panthers

Mascot: Panther Pete

School Colors: Purple & Gold

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)

First year in SWAC: 1920 (only charter member remaining in the conference)

Total Number of Student-Athletes: 350

Sports Offered:

Men

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field

Women

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Vision and Strategic Goal

PVAMU’s athletics program has as its vision an organization that puts students first while focusing on sportsmanship, education, and compliance.

In pursuit of the university’s strategic priorities for athletics, the department is focused on achieving the following goal:

A consistently winning athletics program that dominates its conference by placing consistently first or second in season finals, receiving bids for membership in increasingly more prestigious conferences, and maintaining APR rates that show increasing academic improvement.

Athletics Facilities

Administration Building

The administrative home for PVAMU Athletics is the 55,000 square-foot Athletics Administration Building, located in the north end zone of Panther Stadium. Opened in the summer of 2016, the multi-level facility features offices and meeting rooms, a weight room, and class rooms for academic support and team meetings. It also has a reception room overlooking the field at Panther Stadium that is used for team meetings, press conferences, receptions, and University functions.

Bowling Lanes

PVAMU Bowling Lanes opened in Panther Plaza in 2015 and serves as the practice facility of Lady Panther Bowling. The 10-lane state-of-the-art facility provides the program with an on-campus facility for the first time in the history of the program. It features a team locker room and restaurant, and top of the line lanes with the ability to construct all oil patterns to prepare the team for competition.

Panther Stadium

The home of Prairie View A&M University Football, Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field hosted its first game on September 4, 2016 in front of a sold-out crowd, with a victory in the Labor Day Classic over archrival Texas Southern. The stadium seats 15,000 fans, with the infrastructure to expand to 30,000. It features 12 private suites and press box for media operations.

Student Recreation Center

The 92,000 square-foot student recreation center facility was completed in spring 2015. The student recreation center is as a two-story facility with generous glazing to animate the west end of the campus core. The center includes wellness programming facilities, a three-court basketball gym, an elevated running track, a weight training and fitness room, multipurpose studios, a climbing wall, and office spaces.

Soccer Field

The Prairie View A&M soccer field is located directly in front of the Lady Panther softball field and seats 450 spectators. The all-grass facility opened in October 2016 and has hosted two Southwestern Athletic Conference Soccer Championship Tournaments as well as a high school tournament.

Softball Field

The Prairie View A&M Lady Panther softball field is home to the Prairie View A&M softball team. The field was converted from an intramural softball field to fit NCAA standards in the 1990s and features ample storage for the softball team in an adjoining facility in addition to batting cages and restroom facilities. A brand new scoreboard featuring the PVAMU logo was erected prior to the 2014 season.  Upgrades were made to the field in 2016 and the team was able to begin play on its new home in April 2017.

John W. Tankersley Baseball Field

John W. Tankersley Field officially opened in April 2014 after a six-month renovation project. The Wi-Fi enabled facility features 512 total seats (192 chair-backed seats) along with a brand new concession stand which contains additional storage space and restrooms. A press box was erected along with a net/pole backstop and extended team dugouts which are bricked.

Track Stadium

The PVAMU Track Stadium opened in July 2016 with the United States Track and Field team holding its final training camp before the Rio Olympics at the facility. The surface is an epiQ TRACKS® Z5000, an IAAF certified running track that offers superior control, cushioning, energy return, and performance. The project also included the construction of field event areas for javelin, high jump, pole vault, shot put, hammer throw, steeplechase, and others. The legendary PV Relays made its debut in the stadium on March 25, 2017. The SWAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at PVAMU Track Stadium this year.

Championship Ledger

Baseball

SWAC Titles (3): 2006, 2007, 2012

SWAC Western Division Titles (2): 2006, 2007

NCAA Regional Appearances (3): 2006, 2007, 2012

NAIA District 8 South Zone Titles (5): 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976

NAIA District 8 Titles (2): 1970, 1971

Men’s Basketball

SWAC Titles (6): 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 2003, 2019

SWAC Tournament Champions (2): 1998, 2019

National Championships (1): 1962 (NAIA)

NCAA Tournament Appearances (2): 1998, 2019

Women’s Basketball

SWAC Regular Season Titles (3):2007, 2008, 2009
SWAC Tournament Champions (6): 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

NCAA Tournament Appearances (6):2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

NIT Tournament Appearances (2): 2008, 2010

Bowling

SWAC Titles (4): 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019

SWAC Regular Season Titles (2): 2017, 2019

Men’s Cross Country
SWAC Titles (4): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014

Football

SWAC Titles (11): 1931, 1933, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1964, 2009

National Championships (5): 1953, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1964

Men’s Golf

SWAC Titles (14): 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1979, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Appearance (1): 2018

Women’s Soccer
SWAC Titles (1): 2020
NCAA Tournament Appearance (2): 2020

Softball

SWAC Titles (2): 1998, 2018

NCAA Tournament Appearance (1): 2018

Men’s Tennis

SWAC Titles (20): 1938, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 2005, 2010, 2013

Men’s Track and Field

SWAC Titles (17): 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1969, 1970

SWAC Indoor Titles (5): 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2013

SWAC Outdoor Titles (4): 1999, 2000, 2008, 2018

NAIA District 8 Titles (3): 1968, 1969, 1975

NAIA National Indoor Championship (1): 1968

NAIA National Outdoor Championships (2): 1968, 1969

Astrodome Federation National Title (1): 1968

Women’s Track and Field

SWAC Indoor Titles (7): 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

SWAC Outdoor Titles (6): 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982

AIAW National Titles (2): 1974, 1976

USTFF National Titles (2): 1975, 1976

Astrodome National Federation Titles (3): 1972, 1973, 1974

TFA-USA National Outdoor Championships (3): 1982, 1983, 1984

NAIA National Indoor Championships (3): 1984, 1987, 1991

NAIA National Outdoor Championships (9): 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Volleyball

SWAC Titles (4): 1992, 1994, 1999, 2006

NCAA Tournament Appearances (2): 1999, 2006

Institution & Location

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY: AN OVERVIEW

Institutional Background

Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, originated in the Texas Constitution of 1876. On August 14, 1876, the Texas Legislature established the “Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas for Colored Youths” and placed responsibility for its management with the Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Bryan. The A&M College of Texas for Colored Youths opened at Prairie View, Texas on March 11, 1878.

The University’s original curriculum was designated by the Texas Legislature in 1879 to be that of a “Normal School” for the preparation and training of teachers. This curriculum was expanded to include the arts and sciences, home economics, agriculture, mechanical arts, and nursing after the University was established as a branch of the Agricultural Experiment Station (Hatch Act, 1887) and as a Land Grant College (Morrill Act, 1890). Thus began the tradition of agricultural research and community service, which continues today.

The four-year senior college program began in 1919, and in 1937 a division of graduate studies was added, offering master’s degrees in agricultural economics, rural education, agricultural education, school administration and supervision, and rural sociology.

In 1945, the name of the institution was changed from Prairie View Normal and Industrial College to Prairie View University, and the school was authorized to offer, “as need arises,” all courses offered at the University of Texas. In 1947, the Texas Legislature changed the name to Prairie View A&M College of Texas and provided that “courses be offered in agriculture, the mechanics arts, engineering, and the natural sciences connected therewith, together with any other courses authorized at Prairie View at the time of passage of this act, all of which shall be equivalent to those offered at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas at Bryan.” On August 27, 1973, the name of the institution was changed to Prairie View A&M University, and its status as an independent unit of the Texas A&M University System was confirmed.

In 1981, the Texas Legislature acknowledged the University’s rich tradition of service and identified various statewide needs which the University should address, including the assistance of students of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to realize their full potential and assistance of small and medium-sized communities and businesses in their growth and development.

In 1983, the Texas Legislature proposed a constitutional amendment to restructure the Permanent University Fund to include Prairie View A&M University as a beneficiary of its proceeds. The Permanent University Fund is a perpetual endowment fund originally established in the Constitution of 1876 for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. The 1983 amendment also dedicated the University to enhancement as an “institution of the first class” under the governing board of the Texas A&M University System. The constitutional amendment was approved by the voters on November 6, 1984.

In January 1985, the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System responded to the 1984 Constitutional Amendment by stating its intention that Prairie View A&M University become “an institution nationally recognized in its areas of education and research.” The Board also resolved that the University receive its share of the Available University Fund, as previously agreed to by Texas A&M University and the University of Texas.

In October 2000, the Governor of Texas signed the Priority Plan, an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights to make Prairie View A&M University an educational asset accessible by all Texans. The Priority Plan mandates creation of many new educational programs and facilities. It also requires removing language from the Institutional Mission Statement which might give the impression of excluding any Texan from attending Prairie View A&M University.

The University’s enrollment now exceeds 8,000 including more than 2,000 graduate students. Students come from throughout the United States as well as many foreign countries. In the last five years, 5,970 degrees were awarded, including more than 2,400 graduate degrees. During the University’s 130-year history, some 46,000 academic degrees have been awarded.

Prairie View and Northwest Houston, Texas

Prairie View A&M University is located in the city of Prairie View, Texas. Nestled in Northern Waller County, the city is a short drive from Houston and on path to Austin and College Station, Texas. With a population of approximately 5,576, the city of Prairie View has grown rapidly in recent years, with nearly $500 million in new investments in student housing, motels, and other businesses. The city’s future plans, in partnership with PVAMU, include a shopping strip, recreation center, bowling alley, and opportunities to commercialize university research.

Prairie View is conveniently located near the rapidly growing residential and commercial area known as the Northwest Houston Corridor. This bustling area offers newly developed suburban communities, a variety of shopping and dining near the Houston Premium Outlets, and is a short, 35-minute commute into downtown Houston.

Mission

Prairie View A&M University is a state-assisted, public, comprehensive land grant institution of higher education. The university was designated in a 1984 amendment to the Texas Constitution as an “institution of the first class.” It is dedicated to achieving excellence and relevance in teaching, research, and service. It seeks to invest in programs and services that address issues and challenges affecting the diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population of Texas and the larger society including the global arena. The university seeks to provide a high quality educational experience for students who, upon completion of bachelors, masters, or doctorate degrees, possess self-sufficiency and professional competences. The experience is imbued by the institution’s values including, but not limited to, access and quality, accountability, diversity, leadership, relevance, and social responsibility.

Strategic Plan

To read the PVAMU strategic plan, 2016-2021:

http://www.pvamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/StrategicPlan_Web.pdf

Leadership

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons – President

Ruth J. Simmons serves as president of Prairie View A&M University. She was president of Brown University from 2001 to 2012. Under her leadership, Brown made significant strides in improving its standing as one of the world’s finest research universities.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons held an appointment as a professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at Brown. After completing her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college.

Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University. Simmons is a member of the National

Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Holdsworth Center. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Square. Awarded numerous honorary degrees, she received the Brown Faculty’s highest honor: the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal in 2011. In 2012, she was named a ‘chevalier’ of the French Legion of Honor.

Academic Programs and Faculty

Throughout the years, Prairie View A&M University has been recognized in well-respected publications as a top-notch, leading institution of higher education. The university promotes academic scholarship, supports student success, and encourages well-rounded professional development.

1,713      Average courses offered per semester

82           Percent of PVAMU students who receive some form of financial aid

43           Countries represented among the student body

170         Number of student organizations

18:1        Student to faculty ratio

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for establishing and enforcing policies and procedures that promote academic and student success at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). Guided by the University’s mission, the OAA works to:

  • Ensure the highest academic standards within academic programs at PVAMU.
  • Create and maintain an environment that supports student learning and development.
  • Provide high quality, professional services to assist students, faculty and staff in negotiating the academic and student services systems at PVAMU.
  • Present opportunities for students to engage in a wide variety of activities that are intellectually stimulating, prepare them for post-graduate careers, and increase the likelihood that they will successfully complete their programs of study at PVAMU.

Prairie View A&M students are able to serve in the Student Government Association, participate in intramural sports, volunteer in the local community and participate in more than 90 student organizations related to their academic major or other interests.

At PVAMU, we know that an education is balanced between what takes place inside and outside of the classroom.

The University also holds annual student convocations and often brings renowned speakers, scholars and celebrities to campus. Students are also encouraged to participate in international and cultural trips and explore internships and other opportunities.

For a full list of academic programs:

https://www.pvamu.edu/academicaffairs/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/PVAMU-Program-List.pdf

The Student Body

With a state-of-the-art Recreation Center, more than 150 student organizations, a Bowling Center, more than 15 intramural club sports, NCAA Division I athletics, and a host of student activities and programs, PVAMU students have plenty of opportunities to get involved in campus life.

Students at PVAMU have a variety of ways to get to class. When you get to campus you will see everything from skateboards, bikes, golf carts, and roller blades!

PVAMU students are actively involved in civic, volunteer, and leadership activities throughout the academic year.

From student-run radio station, KP-UKNO, to award-winning newspaper, “The Panther”, students interested in Communications have plenty of opportunities to have their voices heard and hone their media skills.

PVAMU is a charter member of the SWAC and competes at the NCAA Division 1 level.

The new PVAMU Recreational Center includes an indoor pool, climbing wall, exercise studios, cardio and weightlifting equipment, an indoor track, basketball court, and much, much more.

PVAMU Music has been designated an All-Steinway School. PVAMU is one of the few institutions in Texas and one of four HBCUs to have been honored with this prestigious distinction.

Panther Lanes, the PVAMU community bowling center, is located in the beautiful new Panther Plaza. Student visiting the Plaza can get a steaming hot cup of coffee, mix and mingle with fellow students, and enjoy upscale dining at The Bistro.

The Memorial Student Center, affectionately known on campus as the MSC, functions as a gathering place where students eat, a place to buy books and other PVAMU gear, and as a hangout spot in the Game Room.

From a vibrant Greek life to honor societies and clubs, PVAMU has a host of activities for students.

Benefits Overview

The following benefits, among others, are available to employees of Prairie View A&M University:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vison insurance
  • Wellness programs
  • Insurance plans
  • Retirement plans
  • Health savings accounts
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Long term disability
  • Tuition assistance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Leave benefits

Application & Nomination

Prairie View A&M University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but complete applications received by March 25, 2020 will be assured full consideration. 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. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Dell Robinson at ddr@spelmanjohnson.com or Jim Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Background Check Requirements
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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