Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Morgan State University (MSU), a Carnegie-classified Doctoral/Research University (DRU) in northeast Baltimore, invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position for the positin of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

MSU, founded in 1867 provides instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body, offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate.  As an anchor institution and Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan fulfills its mission to address the needs and challenges of the modern urban environment. MSU is a major economic engine for the city and state annually producing $1 billion in statewide economic impact, supporting 6,500 jobs and generating $47 million in state tax revenues. 

Located in a charming residential area of northeast Baltimore, Morgan’s impressive, 152-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities geared toward innovative teaching and learning in the 21st century.  The campus, designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers a safe and inviting learning environment with easy access to the best the city has to offer: culture, dining, shopping and sightseeing as well as employment and civic engagement opportunities.

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (PSVPAA) promotes excellence in all academic programs and initiatives and in the articulation of an academic vision, leadership in academic planning, and the development and administration of academic budgets.  As second in overall authority at the University, the PSVPAA represents the University in the absence of the President.
 The PSVPAA also represents the academic interests of the University at meetings of the Board of Regents and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for the development, administration, growth, and quality of all academic programs and university functions supporting student success. The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs administers programs related to completion of degree requirements at the undergraduate and graduate levels including: academic planning and development, transfer articulation, student retention, the honors program, the academic calendar, the faculty handbook, and student residency appeals.

This office is also responsible for working with the University Council on policies and procedures that directly affect the faculty. Other key areas of responsibility include, the library, assessment, and several Centers and Institutes (e.g., Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Urban Research Institute).


The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will be expected to:

  • Assume the role of an engaged, innovative, and collaborative campus leader by developing a transformational vision for Morgan’s academic offerings and research opportunities, building on University leadership in academic excellence, urban research, and enhancing Morgan’s position as Maryland’s premier urban research university.
  • Assume major responsibility for implementation of the 2011 - 2021 University-wide Strategic Plan directed at completing the University’s transition from a comprehensive institution to one of high research activity. Information of MSU’s strategic plan:
  • Enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural atmosphere of the University through innovative academic programming designed to attract, retain, and graduate a diverse population of students ready for future leadership in their respective professions and careers.
  • Foster a collegial decision-making process among members of the University’s Academic Affairs Council, as well as among the members of the President's Cabinet.

Areas of Responsibility Include:

Management of office and division operations, including budgets, academic faculty and staff evaluations, and faculty recruitment, retention and workload.

  • Accreditation and assessment, with attention to both Middle States and professional accreditation standards.
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic program development, implementation, and review to meet the needs of 21st century careers.
  • Policy and procedure review regarding students’ academic progress and development of faculty and academic support staff.
  • Review and evaluation of all academic appointments, including re-appointments, tenure, promotion, salaries, leaves of absence, and retirement.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal mandates and regulations.


The Search Committee will accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Screening of applicants will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications should be received prior to January 4, 2019. An applicant should submit a Resume/CV, include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; the names of three professional references, with titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers and email addresses. Submission of materials as a PDF attachment is strongly encouraged. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., an executive search firm, is assisting the University in the search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:


Betty Asher, Partner
Marion Frenche, Team Leader and Managing Consultant
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice Leader
Kevin Bennett, Senior Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive,
Suite 206 Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272




MSU is an equal opportunity employer