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Job Summary

The University of Michigan seeks nominations and invites applications for the position of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA) is the chief academic officer and chief budget officer for the University's Ann Arbor campus, and is responsible for leadership of the educational, scholarly, and research missions of the institution and for fostering academic excellence and integrity.
The Provost and EVPAA reports to the University President and works closely with the President and Board of Regents in a role of broad leadership and oversight. The Provost reviews recommendations for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure across the University and is responsible for a number of functions intended to foster the academic excellence of the institution.  At Michigan, the Provost also serves as the chief budget officer for the University.  In these roles, he or she works closely with the deans of the 19 schools and colleges as well as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, who has general responsibility for the financial affairs of the University; and the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the UM Medical School, who serves as the chief executive officer for the academic medical center (Michigan Medicine) and affiliated entities.
The Provost and EVPAA reports directly to the President. He/she works closely with the other executive officers and senior leaders of the institution. More than thirty individuals report directly to the Provost, including the deans of the schools and colleges. In the capacity of dean, the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Medical School also reports to the Provost. Additional information on the current organization and function of the Office of the Provost may be found at
The full position specification is available here:

Required Qualifications*

Professional Experience / Qualifications:

The Provost is the intellectual and scholarly leader of the University of Michigan and has ultimate responsibility for all academic programs, operations, initiatives and budgets.  Working with the President, the Board of Regents, and a diverse set of constituents including university administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, foundations, and members of the larger community, the Provost will help to shape and articulate the University's mission as a premiere public institution of higher education.

The Provost must be a scholar who qualifies for a tenured faculty appointment in a relevant department and who possesses vigor, high standards, and imagination. He/she must be committed to working to identify, increase, and improve opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in research and scholarship among faculty, and in teaching at the graduate, professional and undergraduate levels. She or he must recognize academic quality and excellence in diverse forms, encourage excellence at every level of the University, and make increasing access for qualified students regardless of financial means a priority.
The Provost must promote the mission of the University as a public institution. He or she must have a deep commitment to and understanding of diversity — in all of its dimensions — as a force for academic excellence at the heart of the institution's mission.  The Provost must be able to pursue and promote diversity, and to foster a meaningful and interactive pluralism within the University.
The Provost must be able to work adeptly and collegially in a decentralized environment, characterized by strong deans and academic and administrative leaders, and be able to lead, in an era of limited economic growth, the skillful and strategic allocation of the University's resources in ways that advance academic excellence and opportunity.

Desired Qualifications*

Other qualities of the ideal candidate include:

  • An outstanding profile of intellectual leadership and of distinguished scholarship and teaching, suitable for a tenured appointment as a full professor, and an earned doctorate or other terminal degree;
  • Significant leadership and management experience in complex higher education environments, including strong financial and budget management skills;
  • Ability and willingness to take measured risks for the achievement of academic excellence;
  • Ability to inspire and galvanize the diverse and sometimes competing constituencies within the University to collaborate for common goals;
  • Commitment to academic freedom, tenure, and other traditional academic values as well as an appreciation for the value brought by diverse perspectives;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in leading and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion as well as an understanding of and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of University life;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to represent and motivate support for the mission, interests, and accomplishments of the University to audiences within and beyond the campus;
  • The vision and tact to set priorities, to make difficult and controversial decisions, and to handle delicate personnel and personality conflicts;
  • A commitment to enhancing the quality of student learning at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels;
  • An understanding of the evolving role of libraries and technology in higher education and an appreciation for the technological needs of the University and its faculty;
  • Ability to delegate authority, motivate, collaborate, and trust and support the abilities of others;
  • Skill in working with administrators, faculty, staff, and students in a climate of openness and transparency, integrity, trust, mutual respect, and collaborative problem solving;
  • Ability to effectively and openly negotiate and build consensus in the context of academic and local communities, including a commitment to civic engagement;
  • Sensitivity, fairness, compassion, and objectivity in decision-making;
  • An active, energetic and well-organized personality, with a sense of humor and collegiality,
  • An appreciation of the culture and history of a large public research university, and the University of Michigan in particular; and
  • Personal and professional integrity in the highest degree.

Additional Information

Nominations and applications:
The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For fullest consideration, please apply by Thursday, March 2, 2017.  
Applications should include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae and 2) a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant's motivation to apply.  To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.