“Education for the Mind, Heart and Spirit”

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, one of the nation’s preeminent Catholic universities, seeks a forward-thinking leader and collaborator to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The search committee invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications.

Duquesne offers a distinctive Catholic identity and Spiritan mission, nationally-recognized academic programs, a strong financial position, a beautiful urban campus, an entrepreneurial approach to new curricular and co-curricular development, a talented and committed community, a collaborative and exceptional faculty, a close connection to Pittsburgh - one of the most dynamic cities in the country, and an exceptional record of service to the world. Duquesne’s solid institutional foundation, coupled with its impressive momentum, characterize an outstanding leadership opportunity.

As America’s only Catholic and Spiritan university, Duquesne bears a singular responsibility to reflect the distinctive charism of its sponsoring congregation. The Catholic and Spiritan call emphasizes education as a path to empowerment, service to the poor and marginalized, commitment to justice in all forms and expressions, and interreligious understanding that welcomes all and excludes none. As the priorities of the Catholic and Spiritan tradition evolve in response to a changing world, Duquesne has adapted to embrace more fully those emerging imperatives. Global outreach, including in Africa, as well as the preservation of God’s creations through enhanced environmental stewardship are chief among them.

Duquesne is recognized on the national stage as a comprehensive institution of excellent quality offering a strong core of liberal arts and sciences combined with a robust array of professional school offerings. Duquesne is ranked in the top tier of schools for the 10th consecutive year in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings at 120th for 2018, which is a four-spot increase from the prior year.  It is also ranked 12th among the national Catholic universities within the U.S. News 2018 top tier schools. Money, Forbes, and U.S. News consistently rank Duquesne as a best value institution.

With a current enrollment of nearly 9,500 students (6,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate and professional students), Duquesne educates traditional and non-traditional students through small classes, innovative instruction, and rigorous coursework. Through its nine schools (McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Palumbo Donahue School of Business, Mary Pappert School of Music, School of Education, School of Nursing, Rangos School of Health Sciences, School of Law, and School of Pharmacy), the University offers degree programs at the baccalaureate, professional, master’s and doctoral levels while also supporting an ambitious research profile. Duquesne has 514 full-time and 450 part-time talented and award-winning faculty members. The Duquesne community deeply values the teacher-scholar model, and faculty members are committed to achieving excellence in both arenas.

Duquesne is situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, a vibrant metropolitan region of 2.3 million people that has been recognized world-wide for its livability, welcoming atmosphere, and professional opportunity. The campus is a short walk from downtown and only 30 minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport. For more information on Pittsburgh, please see and

Reporting directly to the President, the Provost will foster academic and research excellence, an environment of open communication and engaged governance, decisive and consistent leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and efficient resource management. The Provost will embody the essential values of academic integrity and civility in a collegial community of learners and scholars and will have an extraordinary opportunity to lead the academic and operational areas of the University. The Provost will be instrumental in furthering Duquesne’s national reputation for academic and research excellence as outlined in the new University strategic plan. The Provost also serves as the chief executive officer in the absence of the President.

Detailed information about the position, leadership agenda, and application process are available in the search profile at  The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically as soon as possible. Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for the new Provost and a complete résumé or vita. All application materials will be considered in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP are assisting Duquesne University with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at to arrange confidential conversations.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.