Vice Provost & Dean for International Studies & Programs

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Vice Provost & Dean for International Studies & Programs


Michigan State University (MSU) seeks an innovative, visionary, and dedicated Vice Provost & Dean for International Studies & Programs who will serve as a strategic partner and advisor to senior university leadership on a wide range of international programs and services. Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost & Dean is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s international agenda and internationalization efforts. This leader serves as the public voice for international education and scholarship and plays a key role in promoting and facilitating cross-campus opportunities for international education, research, and engagement. The Vice Provost & Dean’s portfolio encompasses a large and complex set of units, including twelve (12) Area and Thematic Centers and Programs; eight (8) Student and Scholar Programs; eight (8) offices of International Services and Administrative Support; and numerous affiliated globally focused units across campus. The Vice Provost & Dean also serves as the jurisdictional authority for international relationships, supporting and providing consultation that directly assists with the development and continuation of MSU’s strategic partnerships with select institutions abroad.


The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with demonstrated experience in global engagement and international research and education; have proven skills in academic administration, resource management, and program formation; will be an able and experienced manager and leader capable of motivating diverse teams of employees with the skills and talent to develop and execute plans to enhance the university’s international endeavors and to manage change within a complex environment; and have a distinguished record of success in obtaining external funding from grants, contracts, and development initiatives.


Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years and is known worldwide as a top research university. It is home to renowned scholars and scientists from around the globe and a vibrant and diverse community of undergraduates and graduate students. MSU leverages international partnerships with scientists and practitioners from academia, the government, private sector, and strategically chosen research and development organizations to create new knowledge and explore innovative and practical solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.


The growth of Michigan State University’s international work can be tied to the development of the Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP). ISP is the hub for international research, teaching, and outreach at MSU. As a university-level office under the leadership of the Vice Provost & dean, ISP supports international activities throughout the institution, working to mobilize MSU's research and scholarship, enhance study abroad and other educational programs, form and strengthen international partnerships, and welcome and support international visitors, scholars and students. Leading ISP, the Vice Provost & Dean for ISP will be responsible for advancing international engagement at the institutional level, fostering global partnerships, and encouraging and supporting MSU’s students, faculty, and staff with international interests. 


How to Apply

Greenwood Asher & Associates is assisting Michigan State University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood Asher and Associates. For a full application package, please submit a cover letter and CV. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. For full consideration, candidate materials should be received by August 23, 2024.


Please direct inquiries, nominations and application materials to:

Julie Holley, Associate Vice President of Executive Search

Tracey Weldon, Search Manager & Vice President of Executive Search



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.