Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Northern State University (NSU) invites nominations and expressions of interest in the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. NSU is one of six universities in the South Dakota Regental University System. The university seeks an innovative, strategic, proactive academic leader with a collaborative and empowering leadership style to advance all facets of NSU’s academic sector.


This position serves on NSU’s Senior Cabinet and reports directly to the president. Cabinet membership includes vice president for finance and administration, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, director of intercollegiate athletics, director of communications and marketing, vice president for technology and chief information officer, and the president and CEO of the NSU Foundation.


Northern serves nearly 3,500 students, including approximately 200 international students, from its picturesque 75-acre campus, located in Aberdeen, a thriving community of 29,000 on the South Dakota plains. NSU is a premier residential university characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations and wide-ranging extracurricular opportunities. The university is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and in graduate and professional education.


The university’s primary sources of support are state appropriations and tuition and fees. Other major sources include the Northern State University Foundation, federal funds (grants and awards) and auxiliary services. The total FY19 operating budget is approximately $42 million and the Foundation manages assets of more than $50 million.


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The provost leads all academic aspects of the university and is expected to effectively collaborate with all other areas from within the university and to develop a regional presence with academic and community partners. Duties include facilitating faculty and curriculum development; managing academic budgets, in collaboration with the vice president for finance and administration; academic accreditation; sponsored research and contracts; continuing, adult and online education; and academic support services. The provost will oversee all of the academic schools and colleges, working closely with the deans and faculty to achieve program and university goals. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. For more information and to review the leadership statement, 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 March 8. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, 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 Northern State University’s consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Alejandra Gillette-Teran at Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, c/o Francine Heymanson, 2 Park Plaza Suite 1140, Irvine, CA 92614. Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Francine Heymanson at 949-797-3503.


Affirmative Action Statement:

Northern State University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.


Diversity Statement:

Northern State University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At NSU, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.


Notice to all applicants: 

If you are selected as a finalist, job references and a background check may be conducted.