Provost and Dean of the Faculty


Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Illinois


Lake Forest College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, seeks an engaged and mission-driven Provost and Dean of the Faculty. The College is renowned for its unique blend of academic excellence, experiential learning, and career preparation, resulting in exceptional outcomes for its students and alumni. It is dedicated to immersing its students in the rich tradition of the liberal arts while equipping them to pursue rewarding and successful careers across the professions. As the world emerges from the financial, existential, and operational challenges of COVID, the next Dean of the Faculty will further enhance the College’s academic program that creates well-rounded students who are fully prepared to thrive in an ever-changing world. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to partner with a new and dynamic president, and collaborate with a devoted faculty and staff to shape the College’s next chapter.


Lake Forest College is a selective, private liberal arts college recognized for its interdisciplinary curriculum and strong commitment to student success. It was recently ranked the #2 college in the country for Social Mobility and #16 on the Best Value list by US News and World Report. Founded in 1857, the College enrolls approximately 1,700 students, drawn from 44 states and over 100 countries, who can choose from among 34 majors and 48 minors. Lake Forest College boasts an excellent faculty, a skilled and dedicated staff, an accomplished and diverse student body, and a picturesque campus less than an hour from downtown Chicago.


This is an exciting moment at Lake Forest College. In July 2022, Dr. Jill Baren became the College’s 14th president and the first woman in the role. President Baren is eager to welcome a new partner in the Dean of the Faculty who will continue to strengthen the College’s academic foundation and elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus. In close partnership with President Baren, and in collaboration with a team of talented senior leaders, the next Provost and Dean of the Faculty will provide visionary and strategic leadership to the College during a time of growth and transition. As the College begins to create the framework for the next chapter of its history, including accommodating larger incoming classes, the Dean will be charged with listening to, collaborating with, and inspiring faculty, staff, and students around a common set of academic priorities. The Dean will demonstrate dedication to continual improvement of the learning experience and lead conversations on the future of the College’s academic identity.


The successful candidate will be a thoughtful academic and administrative leader who has significant experience supporting faculty, fostering relationships with staff, and engendering excitement about the importance of the liberal arts in today’s complex landscape of higher education. The Provost and Dean of the Faculty must have demonstrable experience in creating spaces that are diverse and inclusive and be prepared to champion a dynamic set of academic programs and initiatives in an institution with a strong culture of shared governance.


Lake Forest College has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:


Jeff Kessner, Partner

Shalini Uppu, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged.

Lake Forest College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.


Lake Forest College complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual misconduct) in the College’s educational programs and activities.