Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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University of Southern Mississippi
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


The President and community of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM, Southern Miss) invite inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The institution seeks an entrepreneurial, energetic leader who will be creative, innovative, transparent and collaborative in advancing the mission and vision of USM while further strengthening the University's legendary service to its students, many of whom are first-generation or from low-income families. The University's culture is marked by passion and persistence, with a history of students from ordinary backgrounds becoming graduates who accomplish extraordinary achievements. The University's motto, "Southern Miss To The Top!" represents a desire to tackle challenges head-on, with the expectation that once you reach the top, there are always opportunities to commit to new worthwhile pursuits while looking to the next peak. The new Provost is expected to begin work in June/July 2023.

Founded in 1910 as a training school for teachers, The University of Southern Mississippi has evolved into a comprehensive public research institution with a robust research enterprise, vibrant arts community and diverse student body of nearly 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees and is classified as R1: Doctoral Universities - Very High Research Activity. The University offers a wide range of academic programs on the main campus in Hattiesburg, located 70 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico; the Gulf Park Campus, located in the coastal city of Long Beach; at additional teaching and research sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and through fully online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The University also operates the state's designated marine research laboratory and multiple research centers in Hattiesburg and along the Gulf Coast.

For qualifications and more information about the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs position, go to https://academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/ and scroll down to University of Southern Mississippi.

The search is being assisted by Academic Search. The position is open until filled, but only applications submitted electronically to Academic Search by February 13, 2023, can be assured full consideration.

Applications, nominations, and inquiries must be submitted electronically, confidentially, to USMProvost@academicsearch.org . Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with senior consultants Dr. Cynthia M. Patterson at Cynthia.Patterson@academicsearch.org or Dr. Maria Thompson at Maria.Thompson@academicsearch.org , and can also write associate consultant Lisa Rosenberg at Lisa.Rosenberg@academicsearch.org .

Additional information about the institution can be found at www.usm.edu .

To apply, a candidate should submit the following: 1) a substantive cover letter that addresses the candidate's experiences and qualifications for this particular position; 2) a current curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) a list of five professional references with full contact information (title, organization/institution, email address, phone number) and a brief description explaining the working relationship of each to the applicant. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. See the full profile for full instructions before submitting an application.

The University of Southern Mississippi is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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