Senior Vice President and Provost

Senior Vice President and Provost

Iowa State University, one of the nation’s leading land grant institutions, invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior Vice President and Provost. The Senior Vice President and Provost is responsible for guiding academic programs in teaching, research, and extension and overseeing enrollment management. The Senior Vice President and Provost reports to the President and is a key member of a team of university leaders who create opportunities for the university vision to be uplifted by implementing the strategic plan and contributing to discussions regarding the institutional budget, policies, operations, and initiatives.


  • Professional experience commensurate with that of a senior vice president or vice president, an academic dean, and/or a documented record of leadership, and academic or equivalent professional
  • Candidates must be qualified for a tenured professorship appointment in an appropriate academic
  • An earned doctorate in an academic discipline or an equivalent terminal degree.


  • Demonstrated excellence in operational leadership of people and resources, deep understanding, and experience with complex budgets, including financial levers and strategic
  • Demonstrated history of creating and maintaining positive, effective interpersonal relationships with faculty, senior leaders, students and external stakeholders, partners and
  • Deep, broad understanding of the higher education
  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to champion shared governance and the value of consultation and diverse input to support sound policy making and building quality academic programs.
  • Experience that includes the responsibilities for faculty recruitment and retention and the promotion and tenure review
  • Understands student success across the undergraduate lifecycle and centers the student experience in the university’s priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting research programs including graduate student
  • An understanding and ability to champion the importance of trust and respect across the institution through leading with openness and empathy; embraces the university’s
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a community that is welcoming to all individuals and supports an environment where individuals from all backgrounds can find an opportunity for academic
  • A demonstrated commitment to academic freedom, freedom of expression and experience in safeguarding these freedoms as well as understanding their importance in improving the quality of the
  • Experience that would demonstrate the ability to support ISU’s land grant philosophy and connection of the university to benefit the citizens of Iowa.
  • An optimistic, forward-thinking leader who navigates complexity with ease and develops thoughtful strategy that addresses both immediate and longer-term concerns.



Established in 1858, Iowa State University of Science and Technology is Iowa’s land-grant university. In fact, Iowa was the first state in the nation to accept the provisions of the Morrill Act, which established the land-grant universities. Iowa State embraced the land-grant ideals – access, practical education, shared knowledge – from the start. Today, Iowa State University is known for its student-centered culture, with faculty and staff dedicated to student success; for its science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship that seeks to make the world a better place; and for its commitment to improving quality of life through research- based extension and outreach- delivered education and resources.


Academic excellence and a high- quality learning environment are at the heart of the university. ISU has the largest enrollment of any higher education institution in the state of Iowa, offering a high-quality, student-centered education to 30,000 students, including more than 25,000 undergraduates. Students come from every county in Iowa (99), from all 50 states, and nearly 120 countries. While ISU is large, students say it has the feel of a smaller university because of the caring community and dedicated faculty and staff. More than 90% of first-year students participate in learning communities, which group students by academic major or other common interests to ensure a successful transition to a large university setting. Students can choose from 800 student organizations to get involved in.


From its establishment nearly 170 years ago, Iowa State University has welcomed students of all backgrounds — so anyone and everyone can aspire to their full academic and personal potential. As one of the first coeducational land-grant universities we have always educated our students with classical, as well as practical, knowledge. Today, Iowa State strives to set the national standard for being the most welcoming and inclusive public research university in the nation. ISU is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, which aims to help more students from all socioeconomic backgrounds and increase the number of Americans with college degrees.


Iowa State’s six undergraduate colleges — Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences — offer more than 100 programs leading to baccalaureate degrees. The Graduate College offers nearly 200 programs leading to graduate degrees. The College of Veterinary Medicine offers the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional degree.

Many of ISU’s programs are ranked among the best in the nation, and the university’s programs in agriculture, forestry, and veterinary science are ranked among the best in the world.


Students receive support for learning and achievement from an award-winning academic advising staff and through an environment that places a priority on cooperative and experiential learning. An Iowa State education instills in its students the skills and mindset of critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators, effective communicators, inspiring leaders, technology-savvy professionals, and prepared collaborators and team players. “Science With Practice,” part of the university’s seal for more than 150 years, aptly describes Iowa State’s integral ideal of hands-on learning and applying science to practical problems. And with a placement rate of 95% and higher for its graduates, Iowa State excels in preparing students to make a difference in their chosen careers, bettering their communities and their world.


As a Carnegie R1 very-high- research-activity university, Iowa State addresses the grand challenges faced by society today. Iowa State is a national research powerhouse — ranked #17 for research expenditures (top 3% in the nation) out of nearly 500 universities without a human medical school and recently setting new records for external research grants and contracts. Iowa State consistently ranks in the Top 100 universities worldwide for number of U.S. patents awarded to faculty and staff researchers, who excel at transferring innovations to the marketplace.


Iowa State University’s nine- year fundraising campaign, Forever True, For Iowa State, closed June 30, 2021, with historic success. The campaign raised a university-record $1.542 billion for student support and scholarships, faculty positions, programs and new and revitalized facilities. Private fundraising continues as a high priority to maintain affordability for students, recruit and retain world-class faculty and support strategic initiatives that advance Iowa State as one of the most student-centric leading research universities.


With a presence in all 99 counties of the state, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is Iowans’ partner in lifelong learning, decision- making and contributing to building a strong Iowa. Extension and Outreach is the constant link between Iowans and the ever-changing, research- based knowledge produced by ISU — helping Iowans every day to apply that knowledge in ways that enhance quality of life and strengthen the state’s economy.


Dr. Wendy Wintersteen has served as the 16th president of Iowa State University since Nov. 20, 2017. The first woman to hold the university’s highest office, Dr. Wintersteen has served Iowa State for more than 40 years in several leadership roles. Under her leadership, Iowa State has established national and international prominence in innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. In 2023, ISU was named the Entrepreneurial University of the Year for the Americas by ACEEU and received the top Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. ISU is ranked #12 in entrepreneurship out of 300 public and private universities by the prestigious Princeton Review.


One of President Wintersteen’s most ambitious undertakings is Innovate at Iowa State. This comprehensive innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem captures Dr. Wintersteen’s vision of a university with endless opportunities for innovative minds to change the world. It’s a key reason why students enroll at Iowa State — to experience a unique blend of practical and critical thinking skills, and to explore and apply their creativity. The crown jewel of our innovation-focused campus is the 146,000-square- foot Student Innovation Center, where students can activate their imaginations in our state- of-the-art makerspaces and test their business ideas. ISU’s Start Something Network extends across campus and encourages students in all majors to participate in innovative and entrepreneurial courses, programs, and more.


The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the university. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 15, 2024.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Senior Principal
Parker Executive Search
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