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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Institution: Henderson State University
Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Posted: 08/30/2013
Application Due: 10/10/2013
Type: 1

Henderson State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The university seeks a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual to lead its academic units as the institution prepares to celebrate its 125th year of service.
Henderson is a comprehensive institution of higher education serving the State of Arkansas, portions of surrounding states, and particularly the South Arkansas Region. The university offers 50 baccalaureate through Educational Specialist degree programs. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the university. Working collaboratively with the President, the Provost is responsible for leadership of the academic programs and supporting areas. Those areas reporting to the Provost include Teachers College, Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Graduate School, the library, Multimedia Learning Center, assessment, and the Advising Center. Additionally, the Provost is a member of the President’s Executive Council and thereby participates in decision-making for the entire university.
Henderson State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer with a significant commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. In pursuit of this commitment, the successful candidate will have a clear vision of the steps needed to maintain and enhance academic excellence for the university, a demonstrable record of outstanding leadership and accomplishments in a university setting, significant experience in developing, supporting, and growing robust traditional and online academic programs, experience in forming external partnerships, and a demonstrable commitment to diversity and shared governance. The successful candidate must also have an established record of working collaboratively with faculty. At a minimum, the candidate must hold an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in an academic field from an accredited institution of higher education and have the academic credentials and record of scholarly accomplishments sufficient to merit an appointment at senior rank in one of the departments of the university. Additionally, the successful candidate must be able to articulate an understanding and appreciation of Henderson’s unique mission as a public liberal arts university.
Henderson is located in Arkadelphia, a charming, family-centered community of 11,000 residents situated one hour south of Little Rock on Interstate 30. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the community is home to two universities, a strong public
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school system, a thriving medical community, two recreational rivers, the iconic Lake DeGray, and is approximately 30 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park, one of the great American treasures.
Screening of applications will begin on October 10, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2014 but an earlier starting date can be negotiated. Applications and nominations should be directed to Dr. Maralyn Sommer, Interim Provost and Chair of the Search Committee, via e-mail in PDF or MS Word format to weeksf@hsu.edu. Items to be submitted include a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of higher education philosophy, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five current references. Under the provisions of Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to public inspection. Background investigations will be conducted on all final applicants recommended for employment. A final offer of employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background screening including financial history. Please visit www.hsu.edu, www.arkadelphiaalliance.com, or www.arkadelphiaschools.org for more information about Henderson and our community.

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