University of Colorado Denver - Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

CO, Denver

The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks an innovative, forward-looking, and inspirational leader to serve as its next provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs (provost).

Part of the University of Colorado System, CU Denver is a comprehensive urban research institution in metropolitan Denver. With eight schools and colleges, the university is home to more than 15,000 students and 1,138 faculty members and offers 110 degree programs both in-person and online.

Reporting to Chancellor Michelle Marks who joined the CU Denver community on July 1, 2020, the new provost will serve as chief academic and student affairs officer and will partner closely with the chancellor to help her lead and drive the university forward, together with the leadership team, deans, and faculty. The new provost will lead academic innovation for a campus that has a strong history in online education and in going beyond the traditional educational modes and boundaries, providing a strong education for students groups that have different needs. The provost will lead the advancement of a transformative academic, research, and student success agenda that stems from a new strategic plan, ensuring that CU Denver is able to optimize its spirit and history of innovation and is positioned as a leading, contemporary institution that is nimble and responsive to higher education’s changing landscape and the social justice and public health events impacting its community.

The provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs has responsibility for faculty, academic, student affairs, and enrollment management, and oversees the deans of the College of Architecture and Planning, College of Arts & Media, Business School, School of Education & Human Development, College of Engineering, Design and Computing, Graduate School, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and School of Public Affairs as well as affiliated academic and research departments and the senior vice chancellor for strategic enrollment and student success. Together with the chancellor and executive leadership team, the provost will play a significant role in the implementation of the university’s first comprehensive strategic plan and will oversee the development of a complementary academic and student success strategic plan taking into account the university’s academic, research, scholarship and creative activity agendas and opportunities as well as the considerable opportunities across the student success arena.

CU Denver seeks a bold and nimble academic leader who will grasp and embrace the enormous potential of this distinctive and entrepreneurial institution and the students, faculty, and staff that find themselves drawn to it. The provost must be a seasoned academic and administrator who is able to create an equity-minded culture in the university’s academic, research/creative works, and student success areas and who champions CU Denver’s strong reputation as a university that excels in academics, research, and the student experience. Likewise, the provost must be able to articulate the importance and nuance of a public, urban research university that serves a diverse student population and acts as an economic driver for the Denver metropolitan community.

CU Denver is committed to an ethical foundation, sense of shared responsibility, and culture of trust, and the new provost must possess impeccable moral character and conviction in serving the greater good of the university. The provost will join a university in its next wave of evolution with an energetic new chancellor and strong executive team.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 22, 2021.

For more information, questions or nominations, please contact CU Denver’s consultants, Robin Mamlet, Melissa Fincher and Sarah Miller at CUDenverProvost@wittkieffer.com. 

University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.