Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Sacred Heart University (SHU) seeks in its next Provost a strong academic leader with an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, proven management skills, a strong vision for academic excellence, and appreciation of assessment and expertise in the strategic advancement of a mission-driven institution.

With a strong and dynamic leadership team and dedicated faculty and staff, Sacred Heart University continues to build on its momentum and on the positive trajectory of its past and present. Recently reclassified as a Carnegie Doctoral/Professional University, SHU has increased enrollment, selectivity and geographical reach, strengthened its finances and academic offerings and updated its campus. In a time of unprecedented competition for students and a steadily rising cost structure, Sacred Heart recognizes both an opportunity and a mandate to engage with all constituents — faculty, students, parents, alumni, employers, and other stakeholders—and to continue to deliver market-sensitive, future-oriented academic programs of distinction.

The Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as Sacred Heart University’s chief academic officer and has responsibility for every aspect of academic and faculty affairs to ensure the overall quality of the University’s academic enterprise. The Provost’s responsibilities include serving as a member of the University’s executive leadership team, and as strategist, advocate, manager, and spokesperson for the entire academic enterprise. Reporting to the President, the Provost will work closely and collaboratively with the other members of the President’s senior leadership team.

The successful candidate will bring outstanding academic vision, administrative leadership, energy, fiscal acumen, entrepreneurial talent, and an enthusiasm for engagement in an active and vibrant campus community. They will possess an earned terminal degree and an outstanding record of scholarship, teaching and service commensurate with appointment as a full professor. Critical to the new Provost’s success will be a track record of leading innovative change in a complex organization, the ability to work collaboratively, and move agendas forward through implementation. Successful experience in strategic planning, personnel, and organizational management and resource allocation is necessary. A record of successful fundraising is essential.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Sacred Heart University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. For a full application package, please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Lauren McCaghren, Search Manager and Senior Executive Search Consultant


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Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live are encouraged.

The material presented in this leadership profile should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled, or quoted in part from Sacred Heart University documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.