Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Keene State College (KSC) seeks a collaborative, forward-looking and accomplished administrative leader to serve as its next provost/vice president for academic affairs (provost/VPAA).

Founded in 1909, as Keene Normal College, Keene State College offers a broad spectrum of academic programs that are grounded in the values and promise of the liberal arts. KSC is part of the University System of New Hampshire and is known as New Hampshire’s public liberal arts college as well as an integral part of the larger public system of higher education for the state. It is classified by Carnegie in the Master’s Colleges and Universities (Smaller Programs) category. In fall 2020, the College enrolled 3,028 students and employs approximately 400 faculty and 500 staff members, with over 30,000 alumni. KSC offers 59 majors leading to the bachelor’s degree and five leading to the master’s degree. The College offers six nationally-accredited professional programs.

Reporting to President Melinda Treadwell, Ph.D., whose tenure as Keene State's president began in 2017, the new provost/VPAA will serve as the institution's chief academic officer and will partner closely with the president in moving the college forward. The provost/VPAA will have responsibility for the Associate Provost; Dean of Arts, Education and Humanities; Dean of the Mason Library; Dean of Sciences, Health and Sustainability; Program Review and Support; and the Director of Athletics.

The provost/VPAA also oversees, in partnership with the vice president of enrollment and student engagement, student academic support services and the registrar. The new provost/VPAA will lead the advancement of a transformative academic curriculum growing out of a new strategic plan, ensuring that KSC is able to build on its history as a public, liberal arts regionally-recognized institution that is responsive to higher education's changing landscape.

KSC seeks an innovative and entrepreneurial academic leader who will embrace both the history and the enormous potential of this distinctive institution and its students, faculty and staff. The next provost/VPAA will strongly advocate for KSC's mission and for the important role the College plays in its various communities. Distinctive professional attributes will include a strong creative spirit, imagination tempered by persistence, a collaborative and transparent approach to leadership, a record of supporting and enhancing faculty research and creative output, and the skills required to promote specialized and interdisciplinary strength among the schools. A clear grasp of emerging trends in higher education in order to advance strategic priorities will be required. Financial acumen, belief in shared governance, and a record of achievement with diversity, equity, inclusion and access initiatives will be essential.

WittKieffer is assisting Keene State College in this search. We invite you to examine the leadership profile here. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 9.

Nominations, applications and inquiries can be directed to:

Joyce De Leo, Ph.D., Sheila Murphy and Ashlee Winters  

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.