|Job Description Summary
The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (“Provost”) reports to the President and is the chief academic officer responsible for the faculty and related administrative departments that support all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. The Provost serves as the second-ranking official and acts for the President when she is unavailable or as designated. He/she is a member of President’s Council and leads President’s Council meetings in absence of the President.
Successful candidates for the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost search will hold a terminal degree and must possess strong academic credentials with a record of distinguished leadership, scholarship, and teaching within a selective institutional setting, appropriate for a position as full professor with tenure at Furman.
In addition, s/he will demonstrate the following qualifications:
Leadership and community building
-Strong leadership abilities and track record of working with faculty, administrators, staff, and students in a manner that exemplifies high integrity, transparency, accountability, and collaboration; and
-A commitment and demonstrated ability to attract, motivate, and retain a diverse and outstanding faculty, staff, and student body.
-Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including a commitment to fostering transparency and teamwork;
-An ability to inspire trust, create relationships across the institution, and cultivate a sense of community and shared vision across the full range of constituents; and
-Demonstrated ability to listen to a variety of constituent groups, synthesize input, make decisions, and share information broadly to build consensus and support for action.
Understanding and commitment to Furman’s goal, values, and culture
-An appreciation of the strengths and benefits of a liberal arts education, the merits of pre-professional programs, and how the two complement each other;
-An understanding of emerging issues in academic affairs and higher education and their implications for the University; and
-A commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus environment and the highest standard of personal ethics and integrity.