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Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Position Summary

Reporting to the President, the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and the second senior-most leader at the University with responsibility for all academic units and operations. The Provost oversees academic and institutional strategic planning, and plays a major role in the budgeting and allocation of University resources. This individual has primary responsibility for the University’s academic policies and procedures, academic program planning and implementation, administration of the research
enterprise, program assessment, enrollment management, student success initiatives, graduate education, institutional research, public engagement, university libraries, university information technology systems and services, and academic personnel management (including appointments and reappointments of faculty and staff, tenure and promotion, annual evaluations).

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the visioning process, development, and implementation of UConn’s strategic plan.
  • Drive the academic agenda, and facilitate the genesis, creation, and implementation of programs that support the institution’s mission at all campuses of the University.
  • Advocate for affirmative action and equal opportunity and with the goal to enhance diversity among UConn’s faculty.
  • Create a dynamic culture that inspires innovation, creativity, intellectual curiosity, excellence, and lifts the institution beyond the status quo.
  • Motivate faculty, staff, and students to build an intellectually engaged community that will advance knowledge, research, and service.
  • Recruit and retain high quality faculty and staff to support and advance UConn’s ambitious plan for expanding the teaching, research, and service mission.
  • Foster student academic success and student development.
  • Determine and prioritize capital equipment and facilities needs to enable the success of the research and teaching enterprise.
  • Assure the University’s information technology services and infrastructure are robust and meet the needs of a premier research university.

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is among the top 25 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report and is the State of Connecticut’s flagship higher education institution and sole public research university. Founded in 1881, UConn has 14 Schools and Colleges on multiple campuses. The University consists of its main campus in Storrs, four regional campuses, a Law School and Graduate Business Center in Hartford, and a hospital and Medical and Dental Schools at UConn Health. UConn offers a broad range of academic choices and students learn from outstanding faculty who are widely recognized for their cutting-edge research and expertise.




UConn seeks a Provost with a bold vision and high energy and a commitment to excellence and innovation in academe. The successful candidate must have a record of outstanding scholarship that allows full professor rank and tenure in one of UConn’s academic departments. A Ph.D. or its equivalent is required.

Specific desired qualification and experience include the following:

  • A strong administrative record at a relevant institution that demonstrates strong collaborative academic management experience, sound judgment, and excellent analytic skills.
  • Exceptional management skills that promote effective leadership of a complex organization and relevant budgetary experience.
  • The ability to passionately articulate UConn’s broad-based goals to a variety of audiences. Outstanding listening and interpersonal skills, and an ability to inspire, energize, and engage faculty, staff, and students.
  • A strong understanding of the needs of a comprehensive research university and ability to advocate for the public service mission as defined by a land-grant institution.

Leadership & Management Behavioral Competencies

  • Visionary Leadership: A vision for higher education that is responsive to the mandate to train the next generation of ethical global leaders.
  • Innovative Approach: A strong sense of entrepreneurship, innovation, and vision that will help guide the University in determining creative areas of focus for its academic plan. This person should also bring insightful perspective on new advances in pedagogy and student learning.
  • Collaborative Leadership Skills: A record of transparent decision-making that fosters shared governance. Commitment to the importance of consultation and integrity in the handling of all
    academic matters is also important as well as the ability to effectively partner with a talented group of deans and other campus leaders.
  • Commitment to Diversity: Evident commitment to implementing successful programs to promote inclusion and increase diversity among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Effective Decision-Making Abilities: The ability and courage to make difficult but informed decisions and set priorities.

Personal Characteristics

  • Unwavering sense of professional ethics and personal integrity
  • Strong intellectual leader
  • Values diversity and inclusion through consistent action
  • Treats people at all levels of an institution with respect
  • Passion for the mission of public higher education


Nomination/Application Information

The University of Connecticut will be assisted by Ellen Brown Landers, Jackie Zavitz and Tracie Smith of Heidrick & Struggles on this search. Initial review of applications will begin immediately. Email submissions are preferred.

UConn Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Search
c/o Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.
1180 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2610
Atlanta, GA 30309
Telephone: (404) 682-7316


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.