Provost and Dean of the College

Birmingham-Southern College, a four-year, private residential liberal arts college in one of the Sunbelt’s culturally rich and economically vibrant cities, announces the national search for Provost and Dean of the College (Provost).  As the chief academic officer, the Provost has responsibility for all elements of BSC’s academic program, including faculty and academic departments, the Harrison Honors Program, international studies, sponsored programs, and the Krulak Institute for Leadership, Experiential Learning, and Civic Engagement (  In an academic environment known for instructive mentoring, civic engagement, and high student achievement, enrollment is 1300, and more than 95 percent of faculty members have terminal degrees. The successful candidate will succeed Dr. Michelle Behr, who has accepted the chancellorship of The University of Minnesota-Morris.   (For a detailed profile and position description see:

The College seeks a senior-level academic administrator with a well-rounded and diverse record of achievement in higher education, a strong student-centered focus, an engaging, collegial personal style, and the ability to inspire change and lead with confidence.  A seasoned understanding of education issues, a big-picture approach to opportunities, and a management philosophy based on consensus-building are important, as is the ability to synthesize large amounts of data to make informed decisions about programmatic direction.  The Provost will lead the faculty in identifying other new programs that blend the requirements of a technologically-driven society with the critical thinking trademark of a liberal arts education.

Second in command on the campus, the Provost works closely with the President and senior administrators on wide-ranging efforts to advance an institution that is home to outstanding teachers and scholars and offers unique 21st century programs and outcomes-based curricula. In addition to setting the academic vision and direction of the College, the Provost is an ambassador for its academic programs, works with the senior leadership team to grow enrollment and increase student retention, and assists the Office of Institutional Advancement in cultivating donors and other forms of external funding.

Ranked among the best liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report, BSC offers 27 majors and 25 minors and provides a 360-degree globally-focused educational experience to equip students for success in a changing world.  BSC is a tremendous point of pride for the city of Birmingham, which is Alabama’s largest metro area with 1.2 million population and has earned stature as the South’s newest rising star and one of the country’s “Next Hot Food Cities.”

The Search Committee will begin the review of resumes and application materials March 8, 2017.  Applications/nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.  Inquiries, nominations and applications – to include a current CV, a detailed letter that reflects on the desired attributes, and contact information for five references – will be received and considered in confidence.  Materials should be electronically submitted to  The search is assisted by:  John B. Hicks, Senior Consultant, Academic Search, Inc.:   205-345-7221

Birmingham-Southern College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.