Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University, Chico (Chico State) invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost is the executive officer for the Division of Academic Affairs and President of Chico State Enterprises, providing leadership, strategic direction, and support to ensure that the University maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and quality while focusing on student success. Reporting to President Steve Perez (appointed the University’s 13th president in July 2023),the Provost serves on the President’s leadership team. The new Provost is expected to take office in the spring of 2024.

The University offers nearly 400 academic programs as well as co-curricular programs in a residential campus environment. The Division manages a budget of more than $127 million. It is known for excellence in teaching and learning, especially for its role in facilitating student success. Chico State acknowledges its public purpose by developing, applying, and exchanging knowledge and expertise for the mutual benefit of the community and region.  The Division has more than 1,000 faculty and more than 280 staff. 


Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree in an appropriate discipline.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service sufficient to warrant appointment at the rank of professor.
  • A minimum of five years of successful leadership as head of a complex academic unit, including responsibility for budget, personnel, academic planning and implementation.

    Preferred Critical Attributes

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate a vision for the future of Academic Affairs.
  • Ability to promote excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional activity in the division, as exemplified by the teacher-scholar model.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of grant and contract funding.
  • Demonstrated competence/knowledge in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Ability to promote student recruitment and retention, but especially of first generation, low-income students from diverse backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate student research.
  • Commitment to equitable outcomes demonstrated by leadership, active planning, allocation of resources, and accountability.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of shared governance and transparency.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with community and industry partners to enhance the educational experience for our students.
  • Ability to creatively identify and facilitate nontraditional streams of revenue.
  • Bilingual or multilingual.

    As a university that educates students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, CSU, Chico values a diverse faculty, staff, and administration and seeks to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and adheres to CSU policy to provide equal opportunity for every person regardless of the person’s protected status.Protected statuses include age, disability, gender, genetic information, gender identity or expression, nationality, marital status, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

    Chico State welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment.

    The anticipated hiring range is $310,000 – $325,000.

    Detailedinformation on this opportunity can be found in the position profile located on the Academic Search website open searches page.

    Review of applications will begin October 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. However, only complete applications received by November 14, 2023 can be assured full consideration.


    Applicants should submit a complete and current curriculum vitae, as well as names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of up to five references. A cover letter of interest should indicate how the applicant’s qualifications relate to each of the required qualifications, as well as the preferred qualifications of the position. Applicants should succinctly articulate their administrative philosophy and the role of the Division of Academic Affairs in public higher education. This search is being assisted by Academic Search and applications should be sent electronically to

    Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Senior Consultant Stacey Morgan Foster, JD at, or Senior Consultant Mary Kennard, JD at

    California State University, Chico provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources by phone at 530-898-6771 or by email at

    Additional information about the University is available at:


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