Executive Vice President and Provost

Executive Vice President and Provost

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications from accomplished and visionary leaders for the position of Executive Vice President and Provost (EVP & Provost). The University’s next EVP & Provost will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with highly engaged faculty, staff, students, and administrators to promote collaboration and innovation across an agile, inclusive, and forward-thinking institution dedicated to fostering an environment that provides a premier graduate education experience.

Claremont Graduate University

Founded in 1925, CGU combines the attributes of a small liberal arts college with research university faculty and graduate-level degree offerings and has an operating budget of approximately $60 million and an endowment of about $200 million. As the only research-intensive institution in the nation devoted entirely to graduate-level liberal arts education, CGU is home to more than 133 faculty supporting over 2,000 students pursuing advanced degrees in seven schools in a setting that is intimate, interdisciplinary, and engaged with the world.

Research and scholarly activity at CGU are high, with the University generating a prodigious intellectual footprint relative to its size. Members of the CGU faculty produce and apply knowledge across all of the scholarly disciplines represented in its schools and departments, collaborate with colleagues around the globe, and actively mentor students on research, creative projects, studio work, and artistic performance. External funding such as federal research grants, foundation grants, and public and private contracts supports much of this work. Over the last decade, CGU has averaged $8 million per year in sponsored research—from the Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Cancer Institute, and more. For more information about CGU, please visit https://www.cgu.edu/.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the President, the EVP & Provost has oversight of the Division of Academic Affairs with a total budget of nearly $50 million and 133 faculty and 26 staff. In collaboration with CGU’s Academic Deans and other members of the University’s senior leadership team, the EVP & Provost will ensure the pursuit of academic excellence through oversight of the University’s academic enterprise; graduate teaching, learning, and mentoring; faculty development, promotion, and tenure; and by developing innovative academic initiatives and programs to further enhance CGU’s transdisciplinary environment. As CGU’s chief academic officer, the EVP & Provost will lead strategic planning and policy recommendations related to enhancing the University’s impact in graduate education; planning, coordinating, and evaluating short and long-range academic goals and objectives; and formulating and managing academic budgets and setting priorities for resource allocation and utilization.

CGU is an important partner with the City of Claremont, CA, and the EVP & Provost is a critical member of a campus team committed to supporting CGU’s vision of collaboration with and impact within its local community. To achieve President Jessup’s ambitious vision for the University’s future, the next EVP & Provost will be a creative leader who helps guide the process of establishing priorities, building consensus and commitment, and making decisions that strengthen CGU’s transdisciplinary graduate education environment. For a detailed position profile, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/CGUEVPP.pdf.


The successful candidate will be an individual of distinguished academic and administrative accomplishment with the highest integrity. They must possess an outstanding record of scholarship and academic leadership, including:

  • An earned terminal degree with credentials that merit appointment as a tenured full professor at CGU;
  • A demonstrated understanding of CGU’s distinct identity as a transdisciplinary graduate education-focused university, including its unique mission, vision, values, and educational tenets;
  • A history of supporting shared governance, team building and collaboration, transparency in decision-making, and respect for the opinions of others;
  • A data-driven approach to decision-making that will employ data and performance metrics to strategically guide the University in achieving its vision and mission;
  • A commitment to and experience in developing high-impact student recruitment and retention strategies coupled with implementing other student success initiatives and programs;
  • Experience as an innovative, effective, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty and staff with varied interests and scholarly approaches;
  • Experience leading a unit or division of graduate education; a demonstrated interest across disciplines and programs; and a commitment to supporting interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • A record of success in creating an environment that promotes exceptional teaching, innovative pedagogy, student research, and post-graduate placement;
  • A record of success in recruiting, developing, and retaining talented and diverse faculty and staff, including inspiring and rewarding excellence in teaching, research/scholarship/creative activities, service, and overall job performance;
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans, leading change management, initiating reforms, measuring progress, and supporting accountability;
  • Demonstrated success developing and managing significant and complex budgets and financial projections;
  • Knowledge of and experience with accreditation processes and agencies;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with respect to crisis management and recovery;
  • Experience in developing and advancing initiatives aimed at student success;
  • In-depth knowledge of issues impacting enrollment management and strategies for addressing them;
  • Experience with fundraising, including grant-writing, philanthropic activities, and other efforts to expand and diversify financial resources;
  • Successful experience in working collaboratively with all members of the academic community, university stakeholders, and other constituents;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and an open and collaborative style.

Application Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current CV or resume and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nominations should include the contact information of the nominee. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Salvador Venegas Jr., Partner

Email: apsearch@spaexec.com

Refer to code “CGU-EVPProvost” in subject line

Claremont Graduate University is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity.