Provost and Academic Vice President Search


John Carroll University seeks dynamic, experienced, visionary candidates for the position of Provost and Academic Vice President (AVP). As chief academic officer, the Provost/AVP is responsible for all programs and people focused on academic excellence and student learning, including curricula, co-curricula, and service learning. The candidate will serve in a critical leadership role as the institution continues to develop an ambitious strategic plan guided by a set of initiatives that build on the University’s strengths. The candidate will lead efforts to: continually advance high quality instruction and learning; develop new academic programs; build upon strong student retention and student academic support; provide ongoing support for faculty as teacher-scholars; foster a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to advancing the institution’s mission, vision, and core values; and strengthen the culture of philanthropy during the current $100 million capital campaign.

One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. and 500 Jesuit educational institutions
worldwide, located in the eastern Cleveland suburb of University Heights, Ohio, John Carroll is a private, co-educational, Catholic and Jesuit university that offers programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and business at the undergraduate level and in selected areas at the master’s level. It consists of two schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and the John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business. The University supports a full-time faculty of 196 and enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 650 graduate students.

In the 2014 “Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News & World Report, John Carroll University ranks seventh overall among Midwestern Master’s I institutions – the twenty-fifth consecutive year that JCU has been named one of the region’s top ten institutions in this category. Moreover, among regional universities JCU ranks first for a “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching,” third in retention and average graduation rates, and fifth on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list. More information about the University is available at

John Carroll University is committed to inspiring individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. The new Provost/AVP will advance the institution’s pursuit of academic excellence, cultivate strong and long-lasting partnerships with the campus community, nurture a culture of continuous improvement, build upon mechanisms designed to ensure student success, and work collaboratively with the other members of the President’s senior leadership team to coordinate cross-divisional projects. Key individuals who report to the Provost/AVP include: the assistant provost for institutional effectiveness and the assistant provost for diversity; the associate academic vice presidents and the academic deans; the library director; and the directors of the University’s academic centers, initiatives, and academic administrative units.

The candidate will demonstrate a record of proven success as a senior academic affairs leader. Direct experience supervising and evaluating faculty and staff, as well as managing multiple units and budget in a school or division within an institution of higher education, are essential. The candidate will have experience launching and overseeing meaningful initiatives that enhance academic excellence, and must provide evidence of a commitment to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive environment. Academic credentials and a record as a teacher-scholar sufficient to merit tenure at the rank of full professor in an academic department at JCU are required.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide 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. Nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for the full leadership profile should be sent electronically via e-mail to Lucy Leske and Jane Courson, the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting the University with this search, at
Review of applications will begin on 15 February 2014 and continue until the position is filled.