Providence College - Provost

RI, Providence
Education - Provost/Chief Academic Officers

Providence College seeks a highly qualified academic leader with proven success to serve as the college’s Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Providence College is a Roman Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college of 4,834 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students located on 105 acres in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence College was founded in 1917 and is the only college or university in the United States founded by and conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars. Formally known as the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans were founded by the Spanish priest St. Dominic de Guzman in 1216.​

Providence College’s four schools – the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Professional Studies, School of Continuing Education – collectively offer more than 70 degree programs. With approximately 314 full-time and 182 part-time faculty members, the college boasts a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, ensuring a highly personalized education. The college awards bachelors and master’s degrees. Providence College competes in eight men’s and 11 women’s varsity sports, all at the Division I level, with membership in the NCAA, the BIG EAST Conference, and the Hockey East Association.

The provost is the chief academic officer of the institution and reports directly to the President. The provost is responsible for the planning, strategic development, and oversight of the college’s academic programs, and, in collaboration with the faculty and administration, will drive academic innovation.  The provost will provide the vision, planning, and leadership reflected in the college’s strategic plan (See PC200) to assure a path that continues to distinguish Providence College as a nationally-recognized, premier Catholic college, with an expanded national recruiting presence and a stellar academic reputation.

As a primarily undergraduate institution, Providence College values the close relationship between faculty and student that places emphasis on developing students’ ability to think critically, solve problems, and engage in their communities. The new provost must promote the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences that is distinguished for leveraging the interconnections among the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional courses of study. The provost must have a demonstrated commitment to Catholic higher education and a strong desire to support the college’s Catholic and Dominican Mission.  The provost must have proven success in undergraduate education and the vision and ability to promote experiential learning that prepares students to live meaningful personal and professional lives in an increasingly global society. An earned terminal degree and the teaching and scholarly credentials to warrant appointment as full professor are required.

More information about Providence College may be found at www.providence.edu.  Confidential review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  Please direct all nominations and resumes to Lucy A. Leske and Robert W. Luke via e-mail to ProvidenceProvost@wittkieffer.com.

Providence College seeks candidates who can affirm and contribute to its mission. The college is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment that supports all of its students, faculty, and staff. All members of the community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning experience valuing differences and practicing inclusion. We invite applications from qualified individuals who possess the experience, knowledge, and commitment to work within a diverse learning environment. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Providence College is an equal opportunity employer.