Provost and Senior Vice President

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) seeks an experienced and inspiring academic and administrative leader to serve as its next provost and senior vice president.


Founded in 1889, UNC is highly regarded for prestigious programs and an innovative faculty of teacher-scholars who are committed to student success. The university is a Carnegie-classified R2-Higher Research institution that educates approximately 13,000 students from 50 states and 49 countries. It offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 120 graduate programs in a broad array of academic disciplines at its 260-acre main campus in Greeley, at satellite campuses and online. Acclaimed for its expertise in education, business, health sciences and performing arts, UNC is also a recognized leader in community and civic engagement. About 500 full-time and 300 part-time faculty members deliver world-class instruction, pursue cutting-edge research and creative activities and provide exemplary service among five colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Education and Behavioral Sciences; Natural and Health Sciences; and Performing and Visual Arts. The university has an operating budget of $205 million.


The next provost and senior vice president will be a key partner to President Andy Feinstein, who took office in July 2018, following a national search to identify the successor to UNC’s retiring president of 16 years. The incoming provost and senior vice president will lead crucial planning for student success, strategic enrollment management and bolstering the university’s research productivity while also working with the chief financial officer to reimagine UNC’s resource allocation model to more fully empower the colleges. In collaboration with fellow university leaders, deans, faculty, staff and students, the provost will develop and empower the academic leadership team; cultivate a strategic vision and priorities for academic affairs; contribute to long-term financial sustainability of UNC; advance an institutional culture of diversity and inclusion; and foster a campus culture of shared governance, communication, transparency and respect.


The ideal candidate will be an engaged, inspiring leader with a demonstrated commitment to UNC’s heritage, mission and core values. The provost will advance those values by building on the university’s traditions and strengths, actively seeking consensus among all its constituencies and exercising superb management and decision-making skills. The provost will communicate effectively with both internal and external constituencies, articulating clearly and passionately UNC’s mission and strategic aspirations. He/she will work effectively with the president in pursuit of strategic initiatives that will further strengthen the university and the community. The provost will embrace the faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching, underscored by quality scholarship, research and creative activities and understand the connections between the two. The provost will strengthen and foster a vibrant and diverse community of students, faculty and staff, enhancing relationships with alumni, parents, community leaders, elected officials and others associated with the university. An earned terminal degree and demonstrated success in academic administration and leadership are required. For more information on this position, please visit


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by November 28, 2018. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Northern Colorado’s consultants, Mercedes Vance, Robert Luke and Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. at



The University of Northern Colorado is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer that is committed to a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body. UNC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual preference or veteran status. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.