Provost and Chief Academic Officer

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Loyola University Chicago, a University living out a Catholic, Jesuit mission, seeks a provost and chief academic officer to lead the academic and co-curricular programs of its Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Reporting to the president and working in close partnership with a counterpart provost for the health sciences division, the new chief academic and student success officer will have the opportunity to play a critical role in developing a new strategic plan to shape the future trajectory of this successful institution, renowned for its academic quality and community engagement. The provost will also be able to enhance an existing strong team and build a structure that will support the university for its dynamic future.

In addition to academic programs on two vibrant Chicago campuses, the provost also leads the University’s Rome Center and other study abroad and global initiatives, and the offices of enrollment management and student success, positioning the incumbent to influence the entirety of the academic enterprise. The new provost joins the University during a period of strong undergraduate growth and at the initiation of a new strategic plan — optimally fertile ground for creativity, innovation and aspirational thinking.

To seize the moment and set a trajectory for what is already a very successful university, the provost will embrace the central Catholic, Jesuit mission and values of the institution. Possessing an earned terminal degree and a record of scholarship and teaching meriting an appointment to the Loyola faculty at the rank of professor, the provost will demonstrate a deep understanding of the current issues in higher education and a track record of successfully implementing change in response to cultural, political and social forces. The successful candidate will have a deep appreciation for the business fundamentals of the University while prioritizing student learning, faculty scholarship, staff productivity and diversity. Strategic planning experience is highly desirable, as is experience in a highly complex, geographically distributed higher education environment. Of greatest import is a leadership style that emphasizes communication, accessibility, collaboration and decisiveness that are critical to leading the academic enterprise during a time of growth and change.

Building on its rich tradition of academic and scholarly excellence, national prominence in educational programming, engaged student learning and recent athletic successes, including an historic NCAA Final Four appearance by the men’s basketball team that galvanized the Loyola community, alums around the world and the greater Chicagoland area, Loyola finds itself at the ideal moment to embrace new academic leadership. The University’s new provost will harness this momentum to chart a path to even greater success for this outstanding institution.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. A full leadership profile is available at www.wittkieffer.com. Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for fullest consideration, materials should be conveyed no later than September 21, 2018. Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (including a statement of application, a curriculum vitae/resume and the names and contact information for five references; references will not be contacted without the expressed permission of the candidate) should be submitted via email to LUCProvost@wittkieffer.com. Confidential inquiries and questions may be directed to the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search: Dennis M. Barden and Elizabeth K. Bohan at 630-575-6152.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.