Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Grand Valley State University (Grand Valley) invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for its next Provost, Executive Vice President (Provost). Grand Valley seeks a collaborative, proven, and innovative leader who will bring bold, creative vision and operational expertise to the role.

Grand Valley State University is a strong and vibrant public university with a clear, deeply-held, unwavering commitment to students and the community. U.S. News & World Report ranks it the #1 public regional university in Michigan and among the strongest in the Midwest. Grand Valley provides the opportunities of a large, complex university while retaining the personal atmosphere of a small, liberal education college. Grand Valley was founded in 1960 and has continued a trajectory of growth to become a comprehensive university with over 23,000 students and nearly 131,000 alumni, and 1,528 full- and part-time faculty members. Grand Valley has full-service and interconnected campuses in Allendale and Grand Rapids as well as regional centers in Holland, Detroit, Muskegon, Battle Creek, and Traverse City.

Grand Valley seeks a provost committed to academic excellence, supporting and recognizing faculty and staff, enhancing innovative delivery models and programs for all learners, advocating for Grand Valley's liberal education foundation and a teacher-scholar model, and effectively tying budgeting and resource allocation to planning efforts. The next Provost will foster relationships, build trust, transparency and facilitate a robust shared governance model with faculty and staff to create an inclusive environment that supports professional growth and moves Grand Valley forward. The Provost will be an enterprise leader, maintain an entrepreneurial spirit, and deep commitment to high-impact practices, including experiential learning. The Provost will support Grand Valley's approach to teaching and learning, which integrates liberal and professional education in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary ways, and is directly relevant to shaping the world’s learners.

The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the university, advocating for academic programs and faculty and provides academic and administrative leadership to achieve the highest standards of excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and public and professional service. The Provost leads and advocates for more than 1,528 full- and part-time faculty members across 7 colleges, the Office of Graduate and Lifetime Learning, and two centers, the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. The Provost is responsible for the formulation and implementation of academic plans, priorities, and innovation.

The ideal candidate will have deep and broad academic and administrative experience in a complex setting and a record of significant and progressive leadership experience appropriate to this role. A terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required. The Provost and Executive Vice President must possess a clear understanding and commitment to the role of shared governance. They must have a record of developing and sustaining innovation and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The search committee will begin accepting nominations and reviewing applications immediately. Requested application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a professional reference list. References will not be called without explicit permission. Although applications will be welcomed until the Provost is selected, for best consideration, all candidates should submit materials by November 1st, 2021, to

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Thomas Fitch, Managing Director

Julie E Tea, Managing Director

Amanda Bennett, Senior Associate

Storbeck Search

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