Position Description

Provost and Senior Vice President

Oklahoma State University


The Provost and Senior Vice President of Oklahoma State University serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University and reports directly to the President of the OSU System.  As the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost is expected to: plan, implement, and coordinate academic programs; foster the academic growth and development of faculty, staff and students; plan and execute academic policies; budget and administer academic programs and related activities; and manage fiscal priorities.  In this capacity, the Provost will have a major responsibility in communicating with and coordinating academic activities on all campuses in the OSU System and leading the University in fulfilling its mission as a land-grant university.  The OSU System comprises OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa, OSU-Oklahoma City, OSU-Institute of Technology located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

University and Community

Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, Oklahoma State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution that is internationally recognized for its instruction, research, and outreach programs. OSU research, scholarship and creative activities promote human and economic development through discovery and the expansion of knowledge. OSU enrollment exceeds 37,000 students across five campuses, with nearly 26,000 enrolled at the OSU-Stillwater campus. Oklahoma State has five campuses: Stillwater, which includes the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; OSU-Tulsa; OSU-Oklahoma City; OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee; and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, which includes the OSU Medical Center. OSU also boasts 16 agricultural experiment stations and county extension offices across the state.
The City of Stillwater provides the perfect setting for a comprehensive research university and is important in attracting top faculty members because of the environment the community provides for OSU employees and their families. With a population of more than 45,600, Stillwater is the quintessential college town. It is the tenth largest city in Oklahoma and is conveniently located between the two largest cities in the state, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. As Stillwater's largest employer, OSU is committed to working with business and city leaders to provide economic development opportunities in Stillwater. The city has a diverse economy with a foundation in aerospace, agribusiness, biotechnology, optoelectronics, printing and publishing, and software and standard manufacturing. Stillwater has been named one of the "6th Fastest Growing Small Towns in America" by Forbes.com and one of the top 100 places to live by CNN/Money Magazine.

Reporting Structure

Individuals reporting directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President include the Deans of the 10 colleges/schools offering programs in Stillwater and Tulsa: Arts and Sciences; Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Spears School of Business; Education; Engineering, Architecture and Technology; Human Sciences; Edmon Low Library; the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; the Center for Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate College; and the Honors College. The Provost also is responsible for: the Registrar’s Office, University Assessment and Testing, Scholar Development and Recognition, Academic Services for Student Athletes, the Learning and Student Success Opportunity (LASSO) Center, The Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence, and the Office of International Studies and Outreach.

Opportunities for Success

The Provost at Oklahoma State University has numerous opportunities for success. In the past five years, there have been increased enrollments in both undergraduate and graduate students. There has also been tremendous momentum in fund-raising for scholarships, academic programs, and endowed chair positions for faculty. The Provost has the opportunity to capitalize on this momentum, particularly in attracting additional external support from corporate partners, alumni and other benefactors. There is also the opportunity to create and/or implement programs to improve retention and graduation rates, improve quality of general education, increase online/distance course offerings, increase the numbers of students participating in the Honors College, increase the number of students having an international experience, increase the number of students competing for and receiving prestigious national awards. The Provost also has the opportunity to create/implement programs to incentivize research for both faculty and students. The University is on a trajectory to raise its profile as a first-class land-grant institution and to raise its Carnegie research classification from high research activity to very high research activity.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate.
  • An exceptionally strong academic background and a distinguished record of professional accomplishments in scholarship and academic pursuits.
  • Academic credentials and previous faculty teaching experience that merit a tenured appointment at the rank of professor in an academic unit within the university.
  • Significant leadership and academic administrative experience at a comprehensive university, preferably at a land-grant institution.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the success of students in their academic pursuits.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and inspire others to more effective, creative, and productive performance.
  • An appreciation of the need for diversity of academic disciplines associated with a comprehensive university.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, as well as diverse academic disciplines associated with a comprehensive research university.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, students, and staff with a commitment to shared governance.
  • Demonstrated ability to make informed decisions in a timely manner.

Primary Leadership Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as Acting President in the absence of the President.
  • Provide leadership and review of all academic programs, including oversight of curriculum planning, development, and assessment, as well as implementation of educational policies.
  • Provide leadership for the university-wide general education and honors programs.
  • Provide leadership to enhance student academic achievement.
  • Provide leadership and review of all student academic services.
  • Provide leadership in fostering an environment for faculty and staff productivity and success in learning, research, and extension.
  • Provide leadership in the development of multicultural learning within and throughout academic and other programs.
  • Continue and enhance a productive relationship with the branch campuses throughout the OSU system.
  • Coordinate the development of budget allocation and make recommendations to the President.
  • Provide leadership in the integration of information technologies into the academic and administrative areas of the University, including online and distance education, policies related to massive open online courses (MOOCs), and policies related to open access in scholarly publishing.
  • Administer the Office of Provost and Senior Vice President and associated administrative units.
  • Provide leadership in the development of international programs and studies.
  • Work closely with the OSU Office of Federal Relations and the OSU Foundation to facilitate the procurement of gifts, grants, and contracts.
  • Assume additional administrative responsibilities as assigned and/or delegated by the President and CEO.
  • Provide expertise and support to the other institutions under the Board of Regents for the Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges.
  • Be committed to the “One University – Multiple Campuses” philosophy.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of strategic planning, short-term and long-range operational plans associated with all administrative and financial functions under the purview of this position including, but not limited to, programmatic plans, budgets, and capital master plans.
  • Provide leadership in creating a diverse workforce in all areas of the University, especially the administrative and academic areas.
  • Support University access and economic development.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae and letter of interest to be considered for the position. Review of applications and nominations for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled, however, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by November 1, 2013, to receive optimal consideration. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, email address, and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to the following:

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Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity E-Verify Employer committed to diversity. OSU is a tobacco-free campus.