Humboldt State University - Provost

CA, Arcata

Humboldt State University (HSU) is pleased to announce the opening for its next provost and vice president for academic affairs and invites nominations or applications.

Founded as a teacher’s college in 1913, the institution has grown to an accredited university with extensive research facilities. Since 1974, the institution has been named Humboldt State University, and now has over 73,000 alumni.

Northern-most in the 23-campus California State University system, HSU has almost 7,000 students and 534 faculty members, and offers a wide array of academic opportunities, with three colleges, 51 majors, 12 graduate programs, and 14 credential programs. HSU enjoys a student to faculty ratio of 20:1. Faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Academic offerings encompass nationally known programs and popular areas of study in natural resources and sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional studies. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility and justice. Outside the classroom, HSU students enjoy a rich campus life. They are involved in more than 150 campus clubs and have access to a state-of-the-art recreational facility. Additionally, each year CenterArts brings nationally recognized performers and speakers to campus.

Humboldt State was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013. The incoming provost will provide essential leadership in guiding the university’s transformation to more completely fulfilling this designation. Humboldt State strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support its students of diverse backgrounds. Students enjoy an extraordinary university experience with the opportunity to take many small classes taught by professors who know them by name. They live and learn in one of the world’s most beautiful places—near ancient redwood forests, mountains and Pacific coast beaches. HSU is located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the city of Arcata, which is recognized as one of the West’s best college towns. Humboldt State sits in the northwestern portion of Wiyot ancestral territory. In Wiyot, Arcata is known as Goudi’ni, meaning “over in the woods.” Wiyot territory is surrounded by the traditional, ancestral and present homeland of several indigenous nations including the Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki and Yurok that make up what we now call Northern California.

The incoming provost will serve as Humboldt State’s chief academic officer, supporting the implementation of the university’s academic mission and providing curricular and administrative leadership within a forward-looking and multicultural academic environment. The provost provides leadership to all deans and academic administrators for the purpose of assessing, planning and budgeting the academic enterprise of the campus. While maintaining the institution’s commitment to fostering a small-university environment, the provost should keep student learning and success at the forefront. Chief among the provost’s responsibilities will be working effectively with the president and senior leadership team to execute the university’s new strategic plan. The provost will collaborate with campus leadership to identify and implement transformational initiatives that will further strengthen HSU and the community.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and highly collaborative leader at or above the dean level with experience in a comparably diverse and complex university and a proven track record of enhancing academic quality; faculty excellence; institutional diversity, equity and inclusion; and student success. The incoming provost must also have earned a doctorate or terminal professional degree and have a record of scholarly achievement that would merit appointment at HSU as a full professor. Extraordinary leadership, communication and strategic planning skills are essential for success, as is financial acumen and the ability to work collaboratively throughout the institution to foster a culture of mutual trust, respect, openness and transparency. The ideal candidate will be an equity-minded individual who will bring a strong commitment to sustainability and social justice.

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 this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Humboldt State University in this search. For most complete consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 1, 2020. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Ann Yates and Alejandra Gillette-Teran at The consultants can be reached through the office of Meagan Shimkus at 630-575-6725.

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or