Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) seeks an experienced and inspiring academic leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The next provost will join UNC at a pivotal moment in its history. With President Andy Feinstein, Ph.D., the faculty and staff have purposely examined all aspects of the University's operations and through a comprehensive and participatory visioning and planning process, have developed and approved Phase 1 of the strategic plan Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 – an ambitious agenda for the future. President Feinstein is beginning his fourth year, and first year of his second contract at UNC.

Reporting to President Feinstein and serving as the senior most member of the President's Cabinet, the provost will play an integral role in the continued transformation of the campus. They will help evolve the strategic plan, having the opportunity to contribute to the development of institutional aspirations for the short- and long-term. It will be imperative that this new leader takes initiative and engages with the deans, faculty, staff, and the entirety of the University community with a collaborative and interpersonal approach to operate effectively with multiple constituencies and achieve results. The provost will work closely and collaboratively with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, which will require a provost with vision and the confidence to ask insightful questions that promote open dialogue and encourage cross-collaboration to build an excellent student experience. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, access, equity and inclusion will be critical to the incoming provost's success. 

The successful candidate will be an engaged, collaborative, and entrepreneurial leader with a demonstrated commitment to faculty excellence and student success along with a commitment to excellence, innovation, and leading with respect. UNC's faculty and staff look forward to an inspiring, decisive, and strategic leader with an unrelenting commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, including experience with developing student success initiatives. The provost will also embrace the faculty's innovative research and service to the institution and be a champion of shared governance. An earned terminal degree and demonstrated success in academic administration and leadership are required. This is a transformational opportunity for a talented, ambitious leader to help take UNC to the next stage with work that has great potential to have a positive and far-reaching impact on the University and its students.

The provost will strengthen and foster a vibrant and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, enhancing relationships with alumni, parents, community leaders, elected officials, and others associated with the university. As a diverse and inclusive state university located in Greeley, Colorado, UNC is preparing for its designation as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and is committed to instilling passion in its students that will lead them to greater community engagement, fulfilling careers, and meaningful lives. Additional information about this position, including a Leadership Profile can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Sandra Chu at

Compenstation and Benefit Information

Compensation range: $250,000 - $275,000

Benefits: The University of Northern Colorado provides a wide range of benefits for its employees. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at 

UNC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer committed to a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body. In accordance with established laws, the University prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military service, or political affiliation for employees in all aspects of employment and for students in academic programs and activities.