Stetson University Seeks Provost

Contact Lori Cunningham
Associate, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LLC

Stetson University, an independent, values-centered, liberal arts university located in Central Florida, invites nominations and expressions of interest from potential candidates for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. A new position for this vibrant university, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will report directly to Stetson’s new president, Wendy B. Libby, who takes office in July 2009. The provost will help shape Stetson’s future by combining its history of academic excellence with creative, new strategies to move the university forward.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the university and provides intellectual leadership and support for all academic departments and multi-disciplinary programs. The provost plays a central role in faculty recruitment, promotion, professional development and college-wide curriculum assessment programs and works closely with the president and senior staff on academic, strategic planning and educational policy issues.

The ideal candidate will have an impeccable record of scholarship and proven experience leading academic initiatives. Candidates will hold an earned doctorate degree and must qualify for the rank of full professor in one of the university’s departments. In addition, the new provost will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity at all levels and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty on issues of university governance. He or she must possess strong strategic communication skills and have the ability to represent the university to internal and external constituencies.

Founded as the first private university in Florida in 1883, Stetson University serves a diverse student population of 3,700 in nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Core values guide the university in providing a transformative education that prepares students for principled lives, professional achievement and engaged citizenship in the world. Stetson University is consistently ranked among the South’s top universities for academic quality in U.S. News & World Report‘s “America’s Best Colleges” edition and in many other national listings. Stetson is also included in U.S. News & World Report‘s “Great Schools, Great Prices” 2009 ranking of universities in the South. With an outstanding record of world, national, regional and state championships in advocacy competitions, Stetson’s College of Law is ranked among the nation’s top 100 law schools and is ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy and No. 6 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report.

Stetson University has two campuses and two satellite centers. The historic main campus in DeLand, located between Orlando and Daytona Beach, houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Music and School of Business Administration. The university also includes the College of Law with its main campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg, the Tampa Law Center in downtown Tampa and the Stetson University Center at Celebration near Orlando.

The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials before February 27, 2009. Nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest should be forwarded, in confidence and preferably electronically, to:

sp_logoShelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing Partner
Lori Cunningham, Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LLC
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