Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

WittKieffer is proud to partner with Charles R. Drew University (CDU) as they search for an innovative leader committed to advancing social justice and health equity in medicine and science to serve as their next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost). All applications and nominations are welcomed.

The next provost will be welcomed by a campus passionately dedicated to its mission of serving the South Los Angeles area and other underserved and under-resourced populations. CDU is guided by a rich legacy of commitment and advocacy for social justice and health equity in medicine and science as well as a history of excellence in cultivating diverse health professional leaders. As the chief academic officer, the provost provides vision and leadership for the university’s academic programs, advancing academic innovation related to contemporary and emerging trends in higher education, particularly regarding health equity.

The provost will partner with the CDU community to bring to fruition the university’s vision of “excellent health and wellness for all in a world without health disparities.” They will do so by providing strategic leadership for outstanding education, research, clinical service and community engagement. The provost will provide innovation and a collaborative spirit to strengthen academic programs, expand enrollment while maintaining academic excellence, strategically prepare for university reaccreditation and guide a nascent but strong medical school through its first cohort of students. The provost will also provide experienced administrative leadership for their office and the deans. Coordinating with campus partners for research growth and success is also an expected role.

Reporting to the President David Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D., the provost is responsible for the College of Medicine, the College of Science and Health, the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, Student Affairs, and academic support areas such as the Simulation Center, the Library, International Affairs and Clinical Partnerships. The provost is responsible for academic policy; strategic planning; program development and review; academic fiscal and financial management; Institutional Research; university accreditation and support for programmatic accreditation; and oversight of faculty affairs. The provost represents CDU at public events and promotes the university’s academic mission to internal and external communities.

At the minimum, the next provost will have extensive academic administration experience at the decanal level or higher. She/he/they will hold an academically productive research record and earned academic credentials suitable for the rank of full professor at CDU. Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline related to the overall mission of the university.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Charles R. Drew University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 5th, 2024.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Joyce De Leo, Ph.D., Sandra Chu and Jenna Brumleve at

The compensation range for this position is between $350,000 and $450,000, annually.

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