- Simmons University
- Boston, MA
Search for the Provost
Simmons University (Simmons), a private university in the heart of Boston offering a comprehensive undergraduate education and robust nationally recognized graduate programs, seeks an experienced and collaborative academic affairs leader to serve as its next Provost.
Simmons offers a strong undergraduate education for women and coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, media and communications, liberal arts, library and information science, business, and social work. For more than a century, Simmons has been preparing women to lead lives that impact communities around the globe. Along the way it has embraced visionary thinking, innovation, and change, adapting to shifts in higher education while remaining true to its mission. In alignment with its core purpose, Simmons launched one of the first undergraduate women's studies degree programs for women in the 1960s. Soon after, Simmons created the first MBA program designed specifically for women, with a focus on the organizational behavior of men and women. As new technologies and increased competition have caused significant disruptions in the higher education landscape, Simmons has developed and expanded high quality, nationally recognized online graduate degree and certificate programs in such areas as nursing, social work, and library and information science.
Simmons has established a model of higher education that only today other colleges and universities are beginning to adopt: the combination of education for leadership in high-demand professional fields with the intellectual foundation of the liberal arts. The result is a Simmons graduate prepared not only to work, but to lead in professional, civic, and personal life — a vision of empowerment that Simmons calls preparation for life's work. The Simmons story is one of growth, innovation, and a solid foundation — fueled by on-the-ground and online enrollments, and fortified investments in its campus and technology.
The next Provost will join Simmons at an exciting moment of transition, challenge, and opportunity. Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, Simmons's ninth President and the University's first African American President, joined the campus community in July 2020, energizing the institutional legacy of and commitment to empowering women-centered leaders and social justice champions. She joins Simmons as the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the landscape of higher education around the world and elevating the criticality of remote education, pedagogical innovation, and institutional nimbleness. Simmons has been a trail-blazer and an innovator over the last decade, devoting considerable institutional capital to building high-quality online academic offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels, redesigning its institutional structure to meet the demands of 21st century education and research, and launching the “One Simmons” initiative to enhance its strategic financial and competitive positions for years to come. Simmons is positioned to build on its many accomplishments to meet the challenges of the pandemic and post-pandemic era.
The vision for Simmons's next 100 years, first introduced in July 2017 and reaffirmed in its Strategy 2022, remains constant. The University will “become a beacon of leadership in the world of higher education; a resource to our nation and world; known for our expertise in fields which improve the human condition; sought out for the findings of our highly reputable research; and seen as the global expert in educating women for their own empowerment and leadership.” Working with administrators, faculty, and staff, the Provost will play a strategic leadership role in the execution of the University's strategic plan.
Reporting to the President, the Provost will serve as a senior leader of the University and a champion of Simmons's faculty, demonstrating a leadership style that is transparent and collaborative. This individual will possess the knowledge and experience to develop successful strategies that strengthen academic programs, their delivery, and their impact. The Provost has seven direct reports and oversees Academic Affairs with a total budget of $116 million (FY20). The successful candidate will be resourceful, imaginative, and forward-thinking, with a record of collaborative academic and administrative oversight.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an accomplished administrator to join a university focused on the development of leaders to assume meaningful roles in the world and on the principles of women's rights; social justice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should have a successful history of academic leadership; the proven ability to build and cultivate consensus among various stakeholder groups; the financial acumen necessary to navigate the higher education landscape; and a deep and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is required, as is a record of scholarship and teaching commensurate with immediate appointment to the rank of full professor.
A Search Committee composed of trustees, faculty, students, and staff is working with Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this recruitment. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:
Vivian Brocard, Donna Cramer or Emily McCarthy
Consistent with the University's goals to achieve diversity at all levels of university leadership, Simmons encourages nominations and applications from individuals in traditionally underrepresented groups and those dedicated to building a culture of inclusive excellence at Simmons.
The University is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, ancestry, class, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
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