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Senior Vice President and Provost Search

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The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the flagship University of the state of Maryland, invites applications and nominations for the position of Senior Vice President and Provost.

A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the University of Maryland ranks among the top 20 public research universities in the nation and among the top five public institutions in quality and affordability. It is the flagship research university and land-grant university of the University System of Maryland. Its large and beautiful campus, located in a vibrant and diverse metropolitan region inside the Washington, D.C. beltway, has the distinctive advantages of close proximity to the nation’s capital, the state capital in Annapolis, and the city of Baltimore. It is home to approximately 30,000 undergraduates, 10,000 graduate students, and over 9,000 faculty and staff members. The University of Maryland operates with a $2.2B annual budget, generates over $550M in annual research expenditures, and is completing a $1.5B “Fearless Ideas” capital campaign. In addition, the university serves as a catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, delivering on a promise that all graduates will leave ready to contribute to the grand challenges of the 21st century.

The Senior Vice President and Provost is the second-ranking officer of the University, reporting to the President. As the chief academic officer, the Provost provides leadership and oversight for the development and implementation of all academic planning, policies, and budgeting; reviews all academic appointments and makes recommendations to the President on all promotion and tenure decisions; and ensures the excellence and diversity of programs, faculty, and students across the entire University. As Senior Vice President, the Provost provides leadership and advice to the president in all aspects of university administration. These responsibilities are carried out in the tradition of shared governance that is a core value of the University of Maryland.

Reporting to this position are the deans of 12 colleges and schools; the deans of undergraduate and graduate studies; the dean of Libraries; the director of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology; the executive director of the Universities at Shady Grove; and several associate provosts and associate/assistant vice presidents, including international programs, enrollment management, financial aid, registration, extended studies, and institutional research. The President, the Senior Vice President and Provost, and the other Vice Presidents (Research, Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, Administration and Operations, Legal Affairs, University Relations, and Information Technology) along with the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, and Chief of Staff work closely and collaboratively on all major University-wide issues. The Senior Vice President and Provost will oversee the development and implementation of the University’s 2030 strategic plan, play a central role in fundraising, and represent the University before various external organizations and state agencies.

Qualifications: A terminal degree in a represented field and the scholarly achievement to attain the rank of tenured full professor in a unit at the university is required. Candidates also are required to have a record of substantial administrative accomplishment; evidence of sound financial management; excellent communication skills; proven competencies in listening, consensus building, conflict management, and collaborative problem-solving; personal integrity and energy; and demonstrated capacity for innovative and visionary academic leadership. A successful candidate must have a demonstrated track record of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels, the ability to articulate its value with confidence and authority, and a deeply held belief in its power to transform education, scholarship, and service for the betterment of the university as well as the critical importance of diversity in solving society’s most pressing challenges. Current employment at a University System of Maryland institution is required.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested individuals should submit a confidential letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and at least five references. Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted for nominees who are currently members of the University System of Maryland. Review of nominations and applications for this position will commence in February of 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please apply by March 18, 2021. The desired starting date for the appointment is July 1, 2021.

All inquiries and nominations—which will be treated in strict confidence—should be addressed to the chair of the search committee:

Dr. Jeff Hollingsworth, Chair
Professor and Vice President & CIO
Senior Vice President and Provost Search Committee

Office of the President
1101 Main Administration Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


All applications will be accepted electronically through the UMD’s eJobs website.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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