Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs – Elon University

Elon University invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the chief academic officer, the provost and vice president for academic affairs provides intellectual leadership for all academic departments and multi-disciplinary programs, student life departments, their faculty and staff, and budgets. The provost and vice president for academic affairs works collaboratively across all parts of the institution to promote academic excellence and achieve the goals of the Boldly Elon strategic plan for 2030. The provost reports to the president and serves on the university’s Senior Staff leadership team.


Elon seeks a proven, successful leader with a deep understanding of and familiarity with higher education; significant administrative and budget capabilities and accomplishments; a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service; and an earned doctoral degree and qualifications for tenure at the rank of full professor in one of the university’s departments. Candidates should have a collaborative and transparent approach to leadership, the ability to recognize and encourage innovation, an established track record of designing and executing high-level initiatives in a shared governance environment, passion for the mission of the university, recognition of the power of residential campuses driven by relationships as fundamental to teaching and learning, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the relationship-building and communication skills to connect with Elon University’s constituents.


Elon is a top-100 National University renowned as a model for experiential learning and strong student mentorships. Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and is distinguished by a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. The 455 full-time faculty members teach in more than 70 undergraduate majors, along with seven masters programs and two professional doctoral programs. The university includes Elon College; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law, which is located in Downtown Greensboro, NC. Elon’s 6,302 undergraduate and 825 graduate students come from 46 states and 49 other countries. Elon is ranked #1 for study abroad by the Institute for International Education and is a top producer of Fulbright Student Scholars. U.S. New & World Report ranks Elon #1 in the nation for undergraduate teaching and the national leader in high-impact academic programs that “Focus on Student Success.” Princeton Review annual ranks Elon among the nation’s “best-run” universities. For more information, visit Elon’s website at:


For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile here:

Nominations and Applications

Candidates should provide a letter of interest addressing Elon’s strategic objectives and desired attributes identified in the profile, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

For best consideration, applications should be received by September 1, 2022. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically to:

AGB Search is assisting Elon University with this important search. Please direct nominations and inquiries to the AGB Search Consultants:

Dr. Melissa Trotta, Associate Managing Principal, / (202) 380-8927

Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney, Principal, / (208) 589-8896

Mr. Andrew Bowen, Executive Search Associate, / (802) 345-1279 


Elon University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran’s status (collectively, “Protected Categories”) in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our discrimination statement, the university does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University including, but not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of any of these Protected Categories.