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Ithaca College - Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ithaca, NY

Job Description

Ithaca College, a private institution renowned for its undergraduate liberal arts curriculum and pre-professional and graduate programs, seeks a provost and senior vice president for academic affairs to form a strong partnership with President Shirley M. Collado in shaping the next chapter of the college’s exciting history.

Ithaca College strives to be the standard-bearer for residential comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity and character in an active, student-centered learning community. Leading this charge is Dr. Shirley M. Collado, who took office as Ithaca’s ninth president on July 1, 2017 and was officially inaugurated on November 4. In her inaugural address, President Collado envisioned an Ithaca College that continues to be a trailblazer in the shifting landscape of higher education and empowers all of its students to learn, grow and serve the public good.

“All of us here have the power to create an exceptional future for higher education and for this country,” said President Collado. “This is an incredible opportunity, and we cannot let it pass us by. Let’s work together to advance a vision that affirms our humanity. Let’s be daring. Let’s be confident. And let’s step arm in arm, boldly into the future.”

President Collado has taken the helm at an auspicious time in the college’s history: 2017 marks Ithaca’s 125th anniversary, and a yearlong celebration is honoring its roots, achievements and the distinctive relationships that have connected students, alumni, faculty, staff and families through the years.

Ithaca College’s five schools – the School of Business, Roy H. Park School of Communications, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, School of Humanities and Sciences and School of Music – collectively offer more than 100 degree programs. With more than 500 full-time and 260 contingent faculty members, the college boasts a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, ensuring a highly personalized education. The college awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a doctorate in physical therapy. Graduate enrollment accounts for about 10 percent of total college enrollment, with degrees offered in music education, music performance, conducting, physical and occupational therapy, business and communications, among others.

The next provost of Ithaca College (IC) will serve as an essential partner to President Collado in shaping and advancing the institution’s strategic priorities. As the college’s chief academic officer, the provost will steward the institution’s academic enterprise, working collaboratively with other senior leaders, deans, faculty, students and staff to further define a distinct and distinctive institutional academic identity.

Proactive and strong, the provost will reinvigorate academic leadership across the college, working closely with the deans to enable and facilitate the success of IC’s deeply talented and committed faculty. The provost will work in tandem with the vice president of the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life to ensure that IC provides a seamless, integrated and holistic experience for all of its students who upon graduation will be prepared not only for meaningful careers but to be productive, responsible and influential leaders and citizens in their communities. The provost will partner with the vice president for finance and administration, deans and other college leaders to strengthen budget processes that prioritize academic planning, and optimize structures and processes within the Office of the Provost to maximize effectiveness and impact.

Candidates must bring a distinguished record of achievement and senior leadership experience. The successful candidate will have strong teaching experience, an earned doctoral degree and scholarship or professional experience sufficient to qualify for an appointment at the level of professor with tenure. The next provost will express a passion for the mission of higher education and understand the important academic, social and economic roles the college plays in its communities. Experience partnering closely with student life and enrollment management, advancing the mission of a complex institution, and understanding emerging needs and trends in higher education in order to advance strategic priorities will be distinguishing assets.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position has filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received as soon as possible and no later than February 1, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and themes described in the leadership profile available below, and the names and contact information of five references. This search will be conducted with great respect for confidentiality, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the college’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Charlene Aguilar and Philip Tang at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.

Ithaca College values diversity because it enriches our community and the myriad experiences that characterize an Ithaca College education. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions including but not limited to race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas, beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, disability and age. We are dedicated to addressing current and past injustices and promoting excellence and equity. Ithaca College continually strives to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to civility, mutual respect, social justice and the free and open exchange of ideas. We commit ourselves to change, growth and action that embrace diversity as an integral part of the educational experience and of the community we create.

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