Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Fort Lewis College (FLC) invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest in the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Fort Lewis College is a Native American-serving, non-tribal institution (NASNTI) and experiential education-oriented public institution located in Durango, Colorado. The College is committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate and graduate education. FLC’s hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Fort Lewis College’s 3,300 students come from 48 states and 17 countries, and represent diverse identities that constitute the richness of FLC’s campus. The College’s aforementioned identities, commitment to community engagement, and welcoming outdoor lifestyle are attributes that define the experience of College community members each day.

As the most diverse public liberal arts college in the country, Fort Lewis College is dedicated to rethinking higher education to best serve its students and region. Fifty-nine percent are students of color and 44 percent are Indigenous, representing 185 Tribal Nations and Alaskan Native Villages; in addition, 14 percent are Hispanic/Latinx, 36 percent are Pell-eligible, and nearly 50 percent are first-generation college students. The inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. Fort Lewis College is situated on the ancestral land and territory of the Ute people and neighbors two tribal nations – the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. The valley boasts gold medal fly fishing waters and is popular for whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.

Fort Lewis College seeks a dynamic leader as its next provost to help the College realize its full potential and achieve a robust, sustainable enrollment in a challenging environment. The next provost of Fort Lewis College will join the institution at a critical juncture as it lays the groundwork for the next generation of growth and achievement. The provost is expected to work closely with the president, administration, faculty, campus and regional community, students, staff, and the State to develop and make manifest an inspiring vision for academic excellence that will honor the College’s mission and history while developing innovative solutions to ensure its future.

The provost will work with faculty, students, and staff to boldly create a collaborative vision for academic life. The College is open to a future version of the institution that looks quite different from traditional institutions if that future iteration of the College well serves FLC’s enduring mission, including student success after graduation in relation to the labor market. Additionally, the provost will attract, inspire, and sustain faculty and staff in their contributions to the College. At Fort Lewis College, the provost will play a pivotal role in encouraging innovation and shaping ideas into actionable initiatives that holistically support all students. These efforts will go far to close the educational equity gap. In addition, the provost will play a crucial role in constructing and fine-tuning an academic budget that strategically moves the institution forward. Finally, the provost will ensure that a commitment to serve the region remains at the center of a Fort Lewis College education regardless of how the College and its programs evolve in the future.

The salary range for this position is $195,000-$225,000. Fort Lewis College has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the College may pay for the position at the time of posting.

The full prospectus is available For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Mark Halligan, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.