Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


Montana State University (MSU) seeks an innovative, forward-thinking and inspiring team-oriented leader reporting to President Waded Cruzado as its next Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Montana State University (MSU) seeks an innovative, forward-thinking and inspiring team-oriented leader reporting to President Waded Cruzado as its next Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Founded in 1893 as the land-grant university of the state, Montana State University is a Carnegie-designated Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity and a Community Engaged institution. MSU is the largest university in Montana and the largest land-grant institution in the surrounding states, offering more than 180 baccalaureate, graduate certificates, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. The university’s annual budget exceeds $570 million, with more than 1,200 faculty, 2,000 staff members, and more than 16,400 students who represent all 50 states and 72 countries.

In addition to the Bozeman campus, Montana State University has an embedded two-year program, Gallatin College MSU, and three affiliated campuses--MSU Billings, MSU Northern in Havre and Great Falls College MSU. As Montana’s land-grant institution, MSU is an active partner in the state’s educational and economic development agenda; its seven research centers under the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, 55 MSU Extension offices, Fire Services Training School and public service programs reach every county of the state, as well as seven tribal reservations and beyond.

Montana State University has the largest and most varied research portfolio in Montana and neighboring states. Its sponsored award expenditures consistently exceed $110 million per year, with major areas of research excellence in agriculture, biomedicine and health care, economics, education, energy, mental health, nanotechnology, optics and photonics.

Montana State University offers a strong focus on undergraduate student research, which in recent years has resulted in unprecedented numbers of national and international awards, including Rhodes, Gates, Truman, and Newman scholars; nationally, the institution ranks ninth in terms of Goldwater Scholars. Our steadfast commitment to the land grant mission has strengthened our leadership in inclusive excellence through programs advancing students from different ethnic, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds.

The Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is the second-ranking officer of the university. As the chief academic officer, the Provost provides leadership and oversight for the development and implementation of all planning, policies, accreditation, and fiscal management for the academic enterprise; approves all academic appointments and makes recommendations to the President on all promotion and tenure decisions; ensures the excellence and diversity of faculty, students and programs across the entire university. These responsibilities are to be carried out in coordination with the policies and overall direction of the Montana Board of Regents and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, and in a tradition of respect for diversity and a spirit of collaboration with faculty, students, staff, other university officials, administrators, unions, and external constituents, including alumni, elected officials, legislators, and community members.

Reporting to the position are the deans of 10 colleges and schools, as well as the MSU Library, the associate provosts, and the directors of institutes and centers, including Blackstone LaunchPad, Extended University, the Leadership Institute and the WWAMI Medical Education Program. The Executive Vice President and Provost leads collaboration in the planning and development of academic affairs and initiatives within the statewide MSU affiliation, comprised of MSU Billings, MSU Northern and Great Falls College MSU.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished terminally degreed scholar and academic leader with a distinguished record worthy of appointment at the rank of full professor, unquestionable integrity, a demonstrated commitment to engagement with students and a deep appreciation for the mission of a premier public research university with a strong sense of pride as a land-grant institution. 

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Montana State University in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  For full consideration, materials should be provided by February 6, 2017. Application materials, based on the MSU vacancy announcement (http://www.montana.edu/jobs), should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position’s duties, responsibilities and qualifications, an academic curriculum vitae and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.

Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher

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Phone: 850.650.2277

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E-mail: jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com

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For more information about Montana State University, please visit http://www.montana.edu/

Montana State University reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment.