Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

President Robert (Bobby) Robbins, with the advice and counsel of a Search Advisory Committee, invites applications and nominations for the University of Arizona’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost (Provost hereafter). Reporting directly to President Robbins, the Provost is the chief academic officer of the University, and as such, will be instrumental in guiding the future of the University of Arizona. The Provost will work closely with, and complement, the efforts of President Robbins.


The University of Arizona seeks candidates who have established a distinguished record of academic excellence in their own scholarly careers. The successful candidate should have had substantial, successful leadership experience demonstrated by quantifiable advancement of the organization they have led.  In addition, candidates should be politically astute and understand that a position of this stature calls for an individual with outstanding judgment. This includes a transparent leadership style, and a tenure marked by strong relations with an active and committed faculty.  We seek an individual who has had proven success in bringing transformative change to a large-scale academic community. A proven ability to work with academic leaders both on the faculty and in administration is required.


The University seeks a provost who has strong interpersonal skills, who will form strong ties to our alumni, donors, Board of Regents, and local community to advance excellence at the University. We also seek an individual who has a track record of success in major fundraising campaigns, who shares the University’s commitment to joining the ranks of the nation’s globally oriented universities. The Provost should have a desire to facilitate continued cross-college and interdisciplinary collaboration, empower and inspire faculty to be excited about new campus initiatives, and set an example for the value of a multicultural campus and how it contributes to the overall excellence and attractiveness of the University. The candidate should appreciate the University’s unique location in the Southwest and its designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution and American Indian Alaska Native Serving Institution.


The Provost is expected to be the academic and scholarly leader of the University, with ultimate responsibility for all academic programs, operations, and initiatives. The Provost has primary oversight for all academic operations of the University, including faculty promotion and tenure, and administrative structures of colleges and centers, and all aspects of student affairs. The Provost also will be responsible for the creation and implementation of programs in consonance with the University’s new strategic plan.


The Search Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Carol Barnes, Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Regents’ Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Michael Dake, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost at the University of Arizona. President Robbins and the Search Advisory Committee are partnering in this search with Russell Reynolds Associates; the Russell Reynolds Associates team is being led by Drs. Charles Falcone and Ilene H. Nagel.


Prospects nominated and/or those who wish to be considered by the Search Advisory Committee should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae as well as a brief bullet point summary of administrative roles they have held and their accomplishments in each


Confidential review of nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately. To be ensured full consideration, email a curriculum vitae and supporting materials to Russell Reynolds Associates at


The University of Arizona values its inclusive climate because diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, UA translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because the university seeks a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, it provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As an Employer of National Service, UA also welcomes alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. For more information about the University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including comprehensive information about our policies, procedures, and resources, as well as contact information for inquiries, please visit [and/or].