Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst), the land-grant, flagship university of the University of Massachusetts System, seeks an exceptional academic leader and administrator to serve as its next provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

In close partnership with newly appointed Chancellor Javier A. Reyes, the next provost will have an exciting opportunity to build upon the university's remarkable trajectory to distinguish itself as one of the world's pre-eminent public universities. The provost will inform and help implement a new strategic plan, uniting the UMass Amherst community around a shared vision for the university's future.

UMass Amherst seeks a provost who will champion academic excellence and faculty, staff, and student success. The provost will help generate resources and strengthen academic infrastructure, build community, and advance an institutional commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

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UMass Amherst enrolls more than 32,000 students taught by nearly 1,800 faculty across 12 schools and colleges. Almost 4.500 staff play critical roles in teaching, research, discovery, and learning. Eleven collective bargaining units represent University employees, including faculty/librarians, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Research expenditures exceeded $245 million in FY22.

As a public land-grant institution, UMass Amherst has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people. It believes that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence and that diverse experiences strengthen the learning community and the university's pursuit of a more just society.

Located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, UMass Amherst is one of the largest employers in the region and a key driver of the local economy. The university has invested $1.8 billion in its campus over the last decade and plans to invest an equal amount in the next four years. UMass Amherst has pledged to be carbon-zero by 2032.

The university seeks a strategic academic leader, proven collaborator, and dedicated institutional steward to serve as provost. An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree is required, along with a record of scholarship commensurate with an appointment as a tenured full professor at UMass Amherst.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applicants should provide a CV and letter of interest via WittKieffer's candidate portal . Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Lucy Leske, Philip Tang, and Luis Bertot at .

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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