University of La Verne Provost Search
The University of La Verne seeks a dynamic, innovative, and seasoned leader to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is composed of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Business and Public Management (CBPM), the LaFetra College of Education (LFCE), and the College of Law (COL), as well as eight regional and online campuses (ROC). There are 55 undergraduate programs, 19 master’s degrees, four doctoral programs, and eight credential programs.
Of the 269 full-time faculty, mostly tenured or on the tenure track, 30% identify as persons within racial and/or ethnic underrepresented populations in higher education. Across all the colleges, the University of La Verne’s more than 8,000 traditional age and adult learners make the university one of the most diverse in the nation, and 44% are first-generation students. The student demographic diversity reflects the population of Inland Southern California, with more than 63% declaring themselves members of ethnic minority groups, including 48% Latinx, 6% African American, and 6% Asian American/Pacific Islander, and 7% international. The student/faculty ratio is 15:1. More than 90% of the University of La Verne’s traditional age undergraduates receive institutional financial aid.
In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of La Verne 4th in the country for social mobility, ranking first among private institutions. The university is also ranked #11 among California private national universities. A federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the university is one of 361 campuses nationally to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement. In 2014, the White House named the University of La Verne to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and designated the university among the top five institutions in the category of interfaith and community service.
The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs reports directly to the president and serves on the President’s Cabinet. The Provost’s responsibilities span strategic planning, policy formulation, budgetary decision-making, assessment and continuous improvement, and faculty support and supervision. The provost will inspire faculty, staff, and students to achieve ambitious goals through effective organization and allocation of resources. The Provost works collaboratively with the president and other university leaders toward the achievement of institutional goals and offers advice and counsel on both the academic programs and the student experience.
The successful candidate will be an experienced academic leader who has held progressively responsible administrative roles in an academic setting. She or he will have demonstrated a record of ethical, fair, and innovative leadership, with excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills, as well as a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and a respect for shared governance. Required credentials are an earned terminal degree in the candidate’s field, with a strong record of scholarship and teaching. The successful candidate will present significant academic administrative experience with evidence of sound fiscal and personnel management, integration of academics and the co-curriculum, and a focus on ensuring success for all members of an academic community.