Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

The University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”) is seeking an exceptional academic leader to serve as its next Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor (“provost”). As the chief academic officer, the provost will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of this world-class institution. The provost will work closely with the staff, faculty, senior leadership and the chancellor to advance Pitt’s mission of education, research and community engagement. Pitt, a renowned higher education institution, stands at the forefront of academic excellence and innovation. Pitt has had a steadfast commitment to fostering intellectual growth and promoting groundbreaking research, and seeks to nurture an equitable, diverse and inclusive community and position itself to be a global leader in higher education.

The next provost has the opportunity to build on the current excellence of Pitt’s faculty, teaching, research, and academic programs to keep the institution at the leading edge in a rapidly changing educational environment. The provost will join Pitt as it reimagines and implements its strategic plan — the Plan for Pitt — which identifies how and where the University wants to grow and improve. Through the reimagined strategic plan, the University will: drive student success; propel scholarship, creativity and innovation; be welcoming and engaged; promote accountability and trust; and act on the “moonshot” opportunities that are possible at Pitt.

Pitt’s continued success relies on thriving students, pathfinding research and innovation, evidence-based instruction, community-engaged scholarship, institutional partnerships, thoughtful and effective financial stewardship, and a finger on the pulse of trends impacting the current and future landscape of higher education.

Reporting to the chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, the provost serves as the chief academic officer of the University. With responsibilities spanning a rich array of academic, administrative and leadership functions, the provost is entrusted with the oversight and advancement of the University's educational and research programs, faculty development, student success and the overall vitality of the academic community. This role demands a dedicated commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and belonging, scholarship, and innovation, as well as a steadfast focus on enhancing the University's global reputation as a hub of intellectual discovery and educational advancement.

On the Pittsburgh campus, 10 schools and a number of centers and other academic areas report to the provost. The provost also has oversight of Pitt’s regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville, each of which has a distinctive campus culture and is integrally engaged with its local community. The deans of the six schools of the health sciences report to the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and have a dotted-line reporting relationship to the provost who will continue to enhance collaboration in teaching and research across disciplines in all schools. The provost will recognize and value the unique contributions of each academic unit and support the units’ distinct missions as well as advance the collective academic mission of Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh seeks a visionary and inspirational leader, and compelling candidates will bring progressive and successful experience as a senior-level university administrator. Successful candidates must have impactful leadership experience at a distinguished academic institution, or relevant leadership in a commensurate enterprise, illustrated by inclusive and unified internal shared governance and will have an earned Ph.D. or other terminal degree and a record of scholarship and accomplishment that merits appointment at the rank of tenured full professor.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, please email a letter of interest and CV to Korn Ferry at

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