Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Towson University (TU) is seeking a Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost) to join the university’s senior leadership team and play a major role in continuing to fulfill the institution’s mission to foster student success and personal growth. This individual will be the second-in-command at the university and a close partner of President Kim Schatzel, who began her tenure in January, 2016.

TU is a comprehensive public university that balances teaching and research in an academic environment supportive of a high-quality student experience, academic rigor, distinguished scholarship and significant community engagement. A member of the 12-campus University System of Maryland, TU is the second largest and fastest growing institution, with almost 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the 2018 fall term.  

The Office of the Provost provides the support and resources for an environment grounded in respect and inclusion where students, faculty, and staff can engage in learning and teaching, scholarly research and creative work. TU’s academic units include the College of Business and Economics; College of Education; College of Fine Arts and Communication; College of Health Professions; College of Liberal Arts; Fisher College of Science and Mathematics; and the Honors College.

The Provost will have a strong vision for academic excellence and a passion for the mission of public education, understanding the important social, cultural and economic roles it plays in the region and state.  Equally important is the need for the Provost to apply strong management skills in directing the office of academic affairs and setting TU’s academic priorities. This leader will play a key role in assisting the President in the administration of the university, and will have the depth of management experience required to develop and execute strategies to ensure its future successes.  Additional information about the position can be found at

Review of candidates will begin in late October 2018. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 15, 2018. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a current CV/resume and contact information for at least five references (references will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate). Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:

John K. Thornburgh and Elizabeth K. Bohan



Towson University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Towson University’s policies, programs, and activities comply with federal and state laws and University System of Maryland regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity and/or expression or sexual orientation.