The Institution: As one of the nation’s most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), B-CU has been defined by its enduring commitment to student success, innovation in its management and academics, and its intimate linkages with and service to its community, the state of Florida, and the nation. The University was founded 115 years ago by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, who will soon be honored with a statue in National Statutory Hall in Washington, DC. Offering 36 undergraduate degrees and 8 Master’s degrees in a rich mix of areas including nursing, computer engineering, environmental science, business and criminal justice, to name a few, the academic reputation of the University and considerable achievements of B-CU’s alumni continue to attract students from across the state of Florida, nationally and abroad. More than 19,000 students have graduated from the University and have played major leadership roles in the United States and internationally. Known for its reciprocal and mutually beneficial engagements with the Daytona Beach community, and celebrated for its Division I athletics program and astounding marching band and choral groups, Bethune-Cookman University is uniquely poised to excel to the next tier of excellence.
The Position: Bethune-Cookman University invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and EVP of Academic Affairs from innovative, experienced, and passionate individuals interested in providing 21st century leadership within a revered and historic institution. Reporting to the 7th President of the University, Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite, the Provost will serve as the chief academic officer for the institution with oversight of all academic units, faculty development and evaluation, the development and implementation of academic programming, educational technology, procurement/maintenance of accreditation, and student success. The Provost guides the budget process for the academic infrastructure and actively participates in the overall University budget process. The Provost serves on the President’s Cabinet; provides leadership and strategic planning for excellence in teaching, research and service; and actively works to enhance the institution’s national reputational capital and access to needed resources in support of the University’s mission. Opportunities for leadership of the academic enterprise in this role of Provost include enhancing both the clarity of purpose and the outcomes for the academic affairs division, building cultural and communication competencies, and preparing 21st century emergent leaders with the added skills, attributes and perspective required for tomorrow’s global marketplace.
Qualifications: Suitable candidates should possess a compelling portfolio of strong leadership with demonstrated record of progressive experience and positive academic impact.
The successful candidate should possess an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or equivalent field whose disciplines and experience align with the University’s mission. Academic and research experience commensurate with the rank of full professor is required.
The following lists critical attributes of the incumbent:
Significant academic, operations, and research accomplishments which demonstrate commitment to and support of the university academic unit (faculty, staff and students)
Excellent communication, collaborative, and interpersonal skills with negotiation and conflict resolution abilities, excellent management skills paired with success in building trust among constituent groups
Demonstrated commitment to effective collaboration with faculty including fairness, due process and transparency. Support of shared governance
Demonstrated commitment to and success in fostering and enhancing diversity and inclusion within the curriculum and among faculty, staff, and students
Demonstrated experience and success in financial advocacy for the academic unit, effective budget administration, and management of state/federal funding allocations to academic units
Demonstrated commitment to student success
Evidence of leadership to ensure metrics are met in conjunction with Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Demonstrated experience and success in strategic planning; the creation and supervision of undergraduate and graduate educational units; faculty recruitment, development and retention; tenure and promotion pathways and processes
Demonstrated experience and success in achieving and/or maintaining regional and/or specialized accreditations
Location: Bethune-Cookman University is located in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Applications: Application packet must include: a) Letter of interest, b) Current curriculum vitae, c) At least five references with full contact and e-mail information (References will not be contacted without applicant’s consent). Candidates should submit the required documentation to the B-CU HR job site: https://www.cookman.edu/facultyStaff/hr/jobs/index.html
To arrange a confidential discussion or to make a nomination, please contact Dr. Deanna Wathington, Chairperson of the B-CU Provost Search Committee at email@example.com
Review of candidates will begin on January 8th, 2020.