Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs



Emporia State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and vice president for academic affairs. Reporting to the president, the provost and vice president for academic affairs serves as the chief academic officer of Emporia State University and its recognized academic programs in The Teachers College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Library and Information Management.


Emporia State University (ESU) is an intensely personal, welcoming campus community.  With a highly engaged student-centered learning environment, ESU is committed to providing expanded access to a high-quality education that elevates economic opportunity and contributes significantly to the vitality of a diverse society.


Founded in 1863 as Kansas Normal School, Emporia State University (ESU) is the only public institution in Kansas named a “College of Distinction” because of the real-world, high-impact learning that ensures students are career ready. The ESU campus, online, and hybrid-served student population of 2,948 undergraduate and 2,667 graduate students is guided by an accomplished faculty, staff, and administrative team numbering 738. The university budget is $96.8 million. A vibrant living and learning environment invites students statewide, nationally, and globally to be a part of the campus community and its close-knit university-city relationship.


Emporia State University seeks an energetic, results-driven, innovative, culturally competent, and relational-oriented provost and vice president for academic affairs. The candidate must demonstrate an enthusiastic, sincere commitment to the mission of the university with the knowledge that ESU embraces four core values: excellence, respect, responsibility, and service.


The ideal candidate should be an excellent communicator, eager to engage with faculty, students, staff, and the larger community on a frequent and meaningful basis, and have a supportive, diverse, and inclusive style of critical thinking and decisive action. The candidate should also have significant financial management skills, a demonstrated commitment to transparent and participatory decision-making, a record of commitment to shared governance, and a dedication to the value of a regional university’s collaborative links with the communities it serves.


Candidates for this position must have an earned doctorate or terminal degree appropriate to discipline and a demonstrated record of teaching, service, and research.  Further, the individual should have an accomplished record of academic leadership, curriculum development, accreditation, faculty recruitment and retention, and management of operational and financial aspects of university academic affairs.


The provost and vice president for academic affairs must support inclusive strategic planning that inspires the campus community to educate for the common good, promoting academic excellence and success throughout the institution. This individual must work collaboratively with the university president and other university leadership including academic deans, faculty, staff, and students to advance the academic mission of the university.


The complete search profile may be found at:



AGB Search is pleased to assist Emporia State University with this leadership search.  To apply for the provost and vice president for academic affairs position, candidates are requested to submit the following: 

  • a letter of interest (not to exceed three pages) that addresses the leadership opportunities in the position profile;
  • a resume or curriculum vitae; and
  • contact information for four references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate.

All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

Applications should be sent to by October 7, 2022, for best consideration.  The search will remain open until an appointment is made.


Nominations and expressions of interest in the provost and vice president for academic affairs position are encouraged.  Please direct them to  or to the AGB Search consultants listed below:


Richard A. Wueste

Executive Search Consultant

540.431.5131 (Home Office)

719.480.3050 (Cell)


Beverly J. Warren

Executive Search Consultant

804.201.0260 (Cell)


The Kansas Board of Regents is committed to compliance with all applicable laws concerning affirmative action and equal employment opportunities.  All employment terms and conditions, including but not limited to compensation and benefits, shall be granted without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, genetic information, disability or sexual orientation.