University of Puget Sound

Search for the Provost

Tacoma, Washington

University of Puget Sound (Puget Sound), one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges and among a select few “Colleges that Change Lives,” located in Tacoma, Washington, seeks an innovative and strategic academic leader to be its next Provost. With a visionary new President, passionate students, dedicated faculty and staff, and a recently approved 10-year strategic plan, Leadership for a Changing World, the Provost will be joining the university at a pivotal moment in its 130-year history. The strategic plan challenges the university to be bold and forward-looking in the delivery of education and in meeting the needs of current and future generations of students, and the Provost will play a critical role in the plan’s further development and execution. The Provost will ensure the university adheres to its mission to develop students’ capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Working closely with the Puget Sound community, the Provost will foster a vibrant co-curricular and curricular experience for all students and promote innovation and collaboration among faculty and staff to find new ways to prepare the campus for an ever-changing higher education landscape. In close collaboration with the President, other members of the leadership team, faculty, staff, students, and trustees, the Provost will assist in positioning the university to be an institution of choice for students seeking a dynamic liberal arts education where graduates become engaged and well-prepared citizens of the world.

Over the past 40 years, Puget Sound has deliberately refocused its mission as a national liberal arts college, attracting an academically excellent student body, and committed to increasing its socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population of college students. Today, the university enrolls approximately 2,400 undergraduate students and nearly 300 graduate students on the 97-acre campus in Tacoma’s residential North End. Some 240 distinguished faculty members who share a deep commitment to teaching offer 1,200 undergraduate courses in 50 traditional and distinctively interdisciplinary areas. Puget Sound also offers graduate programs in the School of Education, School of Occupational Therapy, and School of Physical Therapy. Puget Sound ranks #72 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 edition of America’s Best Colleges, and is in the distinctive position of being the sole independent liberal arts college in Western Washington and one of only five in the Pacific Northwest.

President Isiaah Crawford joined the University in 2016 with a platform of bringing innovation to the campus, and has been thoughtfully cultivating his team and the campus around its many aspirations. The Office of the Provost includes a broad portfolio encompassing academic affairs, student affairs, diversity and inclusion, and athletics, and the Provost will be tasked early in their tenure with curricular reform; expanding and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion; and assisting in enrollment growth, retention, and student success efforts, which are already underway. The Provost will be supported by a team of highly capable leaders in the division and will work closely with members of the President’s Cabinet. The Cabinet is made up of a dynamic mix of individuals who collectively brings a wealth of institutional knowledge as well as fresh ideas and perspectives, and meets regularly to ensure a high level of cohesion and well-informed decision-making. Together, the campus will need to have thoughtful conversations on how to adapt to stay relevant and address the needs of all students, especially as student demographics and expectations continue to evolve. The Provost will seek ways to engage, educate, and support students while also ensuring an innovative and inclusive environment for the entire campus community. To this end, the Provost will be expected to address a key set of opportunities and challenges upon joining Puget Sound:

  • Operationalize and execute strategic plan efforts around academic excellence;
  • Ensure a transformational curricular and co-curricular experience for all students;
  • Foster diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the institution;
  • Create a shared vision for student success and academic excellence that integrates all pieces of the academic experience;
  • Create and define processes and organizational structures that facilitate collaboration, innovation, and execution;
  • Create a higher profile for Puget Sound and its academic distinctiveness within higher education locally, nationally, and internationally.

The University of Puget Sound has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

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University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified persons based on job-related criteria. The university will not engage in or tolerate any discrimination or harassment in the workplace as prohibited by local, state, or federal law. More specifically, no applicant or staff member will be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his or her race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status, national origin, creed, veteran and military status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, socioeconomic class, language spoken, documentation status, political beliefs or any other characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.