Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Savannah State University (SSU) seeks a dynamic and proven academic administrator for the position of Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs to assume office by January 2018. The Provost/VPAA (Provost) reports to the President and is a key partner for the President in academic decision-making. The Provost provides leadership in all academic matters and works collaboratively with the deans, faculty, staff, and administration to further the University’s mission and vision. SSU holds the distinction as the oldest public historically black university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher education in the historic city of Savannah.


The University is a coeducational institution within the University System of Georgia with 200 full time faculty members educating more than 4,800 students each year. SSU offers graduate and undergraduate studies including nationally accredited programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the institution offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the three colleges namely Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, and Science and Technology — and one school, the School of Teacher Education. The University’s mission and educational goals are realized through comprehensive program offerings with 30 baccalaureate majors and degrees and six graduate degrees.


SSU is especially interested in selecting a Provost who, in partnership with the President, will provide academic leadership and advance the University’s academic programs. More specifically, the University seeks an accomplished teacher-scholar and a dynamic and creative manager possessing a record of administrative effectiveness, experience in the areas of strategic planning, resource allocation, accreditation, and curricular development and reform. The Provost will possess a Ph.D., ideally in a discipline offered at the institution. Candidates must have significant experience with assessment and accreditation, as well as the capacity to foster a culture of appreciation of the value of accreditation standards and continuous data-driven improvement among the University’s constituent groups. S/he must be an excellent listener and communicator and someone who--after consultation--can make informed decisions in a timely fashion. The successful candidate must also understand, support, and articulate both internally and externally the centrality of the academic enterprise and SSU’s role as a historically Black institution.


Procedures for Nomination and Application

A full profile of the Provost position, including procedures for nomination and application, is available at Academic Search, Inc. Additional information about SSU is available at The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by Monday, October 23, 2017 can be assured full consideration.


This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Nominators and prospective candidates may also arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with Mac Stewart, Senior Consultant, or Maya Kirkhope, Senior Consultant,


Savannah State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.