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North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota
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Date Posted 02/13/2020
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Location: Fargo, ND

Position Description:

North Dakota State University invites applications and nominations for the position of PROVOST. Review of candidate materials will begin late March 2020. It is anticipated that the new Provost will begin service during the summer of 2020.


Proud of and committed to its historic land-grant mission, NDSU is ranked in the National Science Foundation’s top-100 research universities, has attained the Carnegie Classification of "Research Universities/High Research Activity" and is on the cusp of "Very High Research Activity." As such, it is not only the top-ranked university in North Dakota, but also in its five-state region.

The state of North Dakota today enjoys a growing economy built on historically strong agricultural productivity that leads the country in twelve commodities, matched by an extraordinarily strong energy industry with an anticipated viability extending many decades into the foreseeable future. North Dakota’s economic strength provides a springboard for steadily increasing opportunities to apply NDSU’s research and discoveries including partnerships with local, regional and national external entities. Local area partners include the second largest Microsoft campus in the nation outside of Redmond, Washington; multi-state Sanford Health (one of the largest not-for-profit health organizations in the nation); Aldevron (the largest DNA manufacturer in the world); Appareo Systems (one of the largest avionics manufacturers in the nation), and; heavy equipment manufacturing facilities of Case/New Holland, Doosan/Bobcat and Caterpillar.

NDSU is located in the vibrant and growing city of Fargo, North Dakota. North Dakota has been one of the fastest growing states in the country over the past decade with the Fargo area in the vanguard of that growth, with a MSA population of more than 280,000. Residents of Fargo enjoy a fantastic quality of life with the City continuously earning numerous national awards (http://fargond.gov/explore/about-fargo/awards-recognition).

Reflecting the broadening success and priorities of the University, the Provost serves as the chief academic officer of NDSU and coordinates all university scholarly and instructional activities. In addition, the Provost oversees most student affairs functions. The Provost reports directly to the President of NDSU. NDSU is in the process of completing a thorough, campus-wide strategic planning process, and the incoming Provost will play a key role in ensuring the implementation of the strategic plan.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited institution.

  • A broad-based record of administrative and scholarly experience in research university settings including leadership of a university college or school, with direct supervisory experience for academic departments and units reporting to that entity, along with significant budget management experience therein.

  • An exemplary record of research/scholarship/creative activities, innovative teaching methods including both design and delivery, and service to university and broader communities.

  • A strong ability to communicate effectively as exemplified by the candidate's writing, public speaking and listening skills.

  • Experience with and responsibility for faculty development and evaluation of promotion and tenure at the college or school level.

  • Experience with recruitment and retention of diverse campus communities.

  • Understanding of and support for the broad liberal arts range of disciplines and programs comprising the mission of a contemporary land-grant university.

  • Commitment to shared governance and collaborative leadership including as appropriate students in decision making processes.

  • The desire to share, support and successfully articulate the President's vision for the strategic direction and administration of the University.

  • Experience with and commitment to the importance of student affairs.

  • Commitment to the objectives of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:


NDSU seeks a Provost who demonstrates an ability and commitment to:

  • Provide leadership and thrive as a team player in a dynamic and fast-moving environment.

  • Work positively, effectively, and collaboratively with administrative colleagues, faculty, staff, and students to implement the Strategic Priorities for the Provost.

  • Partner with stakeholders including the State Board of Higher Education, state and national legislative representatives, private sector business partners, community leaders, alumni and the public at large.

  • Advancement of the objectives of affirmative action, equal opportunity and development of a culturally and academically diverse campus.

  • Provide passionate, analytical, and forward-thinking leadership by working effectively with faculty, staff, students and administration to support a shared vision of continuous improvement and encourage high quality student learning and academic and research programs.

  • Demonstrate experienced, transparent and future-oriented fiscal management; an ability to obtain internal and external financial support for the university in collaboration and with the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the NDSU Foundation staff as applicable and; administer fiscal resources appropriately to dependent constituencies.

  • Nourish NDSU's emergence as a globally recognized leader in higher education and its land-grant mission via entrepreneurship, flexibility, and creativity.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the interface of the institution with the communities it serves through outreach, engagement and creative activities.

  • Consistently demonstrate integrity to foster an environment of trust.

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Ms. Laurie Wilder and Ms. Porsha Williams of Parker Executive Search will be assisting the NDSU Provost Search Committee. Nominators and potential candidates are welcome to contact Parker's representatives prior to submitting materials:

Laurie C. Wilder, President

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Parker Executive Search

pwilliams@parkersearch.com || eraines@parkersearch.com

Phone: 770-804-1996 ext.: 109; 111 Fax: 770-804-1917

Application materials must be submitted electronically (MS Word or PDF) and should include the following: 1) a letter of interest that highlights specifically how the candidate’s experiences, qualifications, and philosophy meet each of the minimum and, addresses the preferred qualifications listed in the position profile; 2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; and, 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact - please also include your professional relationship with each of the listed references. For full consideration, application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: http://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/11166 by March 27, 2020, although the application process will remain open until the position is filled.

Pursuant to North Dakota public records laws, applicants' materials will be exempt from disclosure, provided, however, after finalists are named by NDSU, the finalists' redacted materials will be subject to public disclosure but all other applicants' materials will remain exempt.

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