An invitation to apply for the position of



Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA


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Otis College of Art and Design ("Otis") seeks an accomplished, experienced, and collaborative academic professional to be its next Provost. Established in 1918 as the first independent professional school of art in the city of Los Angeles, Otis educates a diverse community of students to become highly-skilled, well-informed, and responsible professionals. The College offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs, including Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, Master of Fine Arts degrees, and extension programs for youths and adults. Otis serves over 1,200 students from the U.S. and 34 other countries; over 75% are students of color and 30% are first-generation college students.


This is an opportunity to serve as chief academic officer at one of the nation's leading independent colleges of art and design, at a pivotal moment in the institution's history. In recent years Otis has successfully and steadily increased its student enrollment, with more growth forecast and achievable. A strategic planning process is currently in development, focusing on innovation, partnerships with creative communities and industries, and collaboration. The city of Los Angeles teems with creative energy and offers unmatched opportunities for the institution as a whole, and its faculty and students.


Working with the President, the senior leadership team, and a distinguished faculty of artists, designers, and researchers from diverse creative fields and industries, the Provost will advance a compelling vision of an innovative, holistic education with an emphasis on career development, student success and social mobility, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Provost's purview includes academic affairs and faculty affairs, admissions and enrollment management, and student affairs and services—allowing the Provost to develop and apply comprehensive strategies that benefit and enrich student experience at Otis.


Otis seeks a collaborative leader who is able to inspire and eager to partner, who possesses a wealth of experience in creative research and practice, and whose actions are equitable, respectful, and transparent. Intellectual agility, clarity of thought, and exceptional communication skills are essential. The ideal candidate will have a record of strong and broad administrative leadership, collaboration, data-informed decision-making, and action.


Otis College of Art and Design has retained Isaacson, Miller, to assist in this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications can be submitted to: 


Anita Tien, Partner and Andy Marshall, Managing Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Provost Search, Otis College of Art and Design


Otis College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic which may be specified by law or college policy.