Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost

University of Houston-Downtown

Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost


University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for candidates to serve as its Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost.


The Senior Vice President and Provost serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University and works collaboratively with the President, Vice Presidents and Deans to further the academic mission of the institution and the success of its students. The Senior Vice President and Provost also oversees the Division of Student Affairs, which includes enrollment management and the services, programs and activities designed to augment the academic experience of students and their success.


Founded in 1974, UHD is one of four distinct universities in the University of Houston System (UHS) governed by the UHS Board of Regents. Led by President Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD is a comprehensive urban public university committed to providing quality academic programs that serve the needs of the diverse population of Houston and the surrounding region. It is one of the most diverse institutions in the nation with a student body that mirrors Houston population demographics.  UHD enrolls over 14,000 students and is the second largest university in the Greater Houston area.  Through instructional excellence, scholarly activities and community involvement, the University makes a significant contribution to the city’s economic development.

UHD offers 45 undergraduate and eight master’s degree programs as well as 15 online undergraduate degree-completions programs and three fully online master’s degrees that prepare students for professional careers and leadership roles in five degree-granting colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, College of Sciences and Technology, and University College. The National Science Foundation has recognized UHD's Scholars Academy as a highly effective active learning community for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President and Provost will continue to build UHD as an engaged public university that prepares students to graduate fully prepared to begin successful careers, enter graduate programs or transition into leadership roles. The Senior Vice President and Provost will have an earned doctorate and will possess exemplary interpersonal and communication skills and a dedication to positively changing the lives of students through a proven track record of commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion at each level of the institution.  The Senior Vice President and Provost will support the University’s dedication to engagement with the Houston community and will provide leadership in the design of new degree programs and expansion of research.  Additionally, the Senior Vice President and Provost will place continued emphasis on student success and access as measured by significant student success indicators.


Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 15, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Ann Yates and Sophie Stava of Witt/Kieffer, at  Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Sheri Lyons at (630) 575-6926.