Provost & VPAA, Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, NH

Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives. Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer programs and educational experiences that develop essential intellectual and professional skills; promote close connections between students, faculty members, and staff; and position our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings.

Franklin Pierce encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network educating a diverse population of residential undergraduates, online learners, and full-time graduate students through our main campus in Rindge, NH and online and graduate centers in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon, (NH) and Goodyear, AZ.  As one University with boundless opportunity, we continue to explore new educational models and programs that build on our legacy of excellence and help students expand their knowledge, direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.

Reporting to the President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the University’s chief academic officer and the first among equals on a collaborative senior administrative team.  The Provost directly supervises the Executive Dean of Assessment and Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Business, Dean of the College of Health and Natural Sciences, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University Registrar, University Librarian, Executive Director of Institutional Research, Executive Director of Professional Programs and Partnerships, and other professional and support staff.

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional leadership qualities with a successful record of shared governance and the ability to implement change with positive outcomes. Demonstrating substantive experience in fiscal and resource management, candidates must be able to develop, execute, and assess the strategic and long-range goals of our complex academic organization. Experience in driving enrollment growth and program innovation and development is essential. As an active listener, the Provost will exhibit effective communication styles that engage all Franklin Pierce constituents and encourage collaboration and consensus building. An earned doctorate with a distinguished record of accomplishments and at least five to seven years as a senior academic leader are required. Experience with a faculty union is preferred but not required.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage women and minorities to apply for our open positions, and welcome enquiry from qualified applicants for this position.

Confidential review and screening of applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The expected start date for this position is July 2020.

This search is being supported by Dr. Katherine Haley of Haley Associates Higher Education Search.  You may contact her at  To apply formally, applicants should upload a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae and an annotated list of four professional references and their contact information at  For best consideration, post materials by March 6, 2020.

The full leadership profile may be found at FPU Provost Leadership Profile.