Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Fayetteville State University

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Fayetteville State University seeks an innovative, energetic and collaborative leader to assume the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. As the chief academic officer and reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs works with senior administrators, faculty, and staff to fulfill the university mission and achieve the strategic priorities of Fayetteville State University and the University of North Carolina, especially increasing the number of graduates from underserved student populations who are well-prepared for careers and/or graduate/professional education. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has primary responsibility for fostering active and engaged learning experiences for students; supporting professional development and advancement for faculty and staff; promoting enrollment growth and degree attainment; encouraging innovative uses of technology in instruction, administration, and student services; increasing research, service, and outreach; increasing revenue from fundraising and grant writing;  and improving the academic profile and reputation of the university. The position is frequently called upon to represent the university and its academic mission to lawmakers, board members, UNC officials, the general public, and other external constituencies. 

Fayetteville State University is a historically black university founded by seven black men in 1867 as the Howard School for educating black children. Today, the student body, faculty, and staff rank among the nation’s most diverse campus communities. FSU is the second oldest state supported school in North Carolina and has a tradition of excellence as a teacher education institution. With program expansion, especially in online education, the university now offers strong undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, health professions, business and economics, the doctorate in educational leadership, and is developing programs in unique and emerging fields. FSU has a tradition of collaboration with the city of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, the Fort Bragg military community, and renders services throughout southeastern North Carolina. FSU is an institution of opportunity and diversity committed to providing affordable education that prepares graduates to be life-long learners and responsible global citizens and leaders.

The provost will provide intellectual and academic leadership for the university’s educational mission.  The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate and will have substantial higher education administrative experience, including service as an academic dean. In addition, s/he will possess a strong record of leadership as a faculty member, teacher, scholar, and administrator, have a deep knowledge of higher education trends, and possess engaging interpersonal and communication skills.  A complete Leadership Profile may be found at Further information about Fayetteville State University can be found at   

Assisting will be AGB Search Executive Search Consultants Garry W. Owens, Ph.D.,, 806.239.3049 (mobile), and Ronald Carter, Ph.D.,, 704.930.6515 (mobile). Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact either Dr. Owens or Dr. Carter by e-mail to arrange a phone conversation to discuss this opportunity.

The Fayetteville State University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search Committee will be accepting nominations and evaluating application materials through the target date of October 12, 2018. Application materials should include:  1) a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with the listed strategic priorities and desired leadership characteristics as identified in the leadership profile; 2) curriculum vitae; and, 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references for future contact. Please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.  All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and employment and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.