Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania

Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. This role offers a unique opportunity to be a part of a dynamic institution committed to fostering academic excellence, enhancing student success, and driving innovation in higher education.

Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania (CU) was formed in March 2022 through the statutory integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield Universities that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to become one of the largest universities within the PASSHE system. This integration has been groundbreaking in Pennsylvania and has received national recognition. The Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs will be at the forefront of continuing to shape the future of this university with a unique opportunity to lead transformational change at CU and across higher education. The leader will succeed Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, who will assume the position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at PASSHE in July 2024.

Commonwealth University is a high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience. Under the leadership of President Bashar Hanna, CU has entered a phase of renewed excitement and commitment to its mission, which is centrally focused on students and providing a learning environment where both undergraduate and graduate students can grow in a supportive environment that promotes exploration and discovery.

Commonwealth University’s innovative and accredited academic programs are the sum of five distinct academic colleges: the Zeigler College of Business; the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; the College of Education and Human Studies; the College of Health Professions; and the College of Science and Technology.

All locations of Commonwealth University are situated in beautiful rural regions of central Pennsylvania. CU – Bloomsburg is the largest of CU’s campus communities with nearly 7,200 students. Bloomsburg is located two hours west of Philadelphia off Interstate 80. CU – Lock Haven is home to more than 2,600 students and is located along the picturesque Susquehanna River, just south of Williamsport off U.S. Route 220. CU – Mansfield, located in the rolling Endless Mountains of the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania between Williamsport, PA, and Corning, NY, is the smallest of CU’s campus communities with an enrollment of 1,300 students. CU also has a campus in Clearfield, approximately one hour to the east of CU – Lock Haven.

The university is seeking an experienced academic leader with the management qualities to build on the institution’s reputation for innovation and student-focused approaches, leveraging the excellent reputations of its legacy universities to take CU to even higher levels of academic excellence and student success. The exceptionally qualified and committed faculty and staff take pride in delivering outstanding academic and life experiences to students through personalized attention and small classes, all taught by faculty members. Students also benefit from the flexibility to leverage faculty expertise across CU’s multiple locations through innovative technologies that support hybrid modalities.

The next Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs will express a passion for the mission of public education and will understand and embrace the important social, cultural, and economic roles public education plays in the region and state. Equally important is the need for the Provost and Senior Vice President to uphold the highest standards for intellectual inquiry and be an enterprising and collaborative leader committed not only to the success of Commonwealth University, but also to shaping the future of higher education.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. WittKieffer is assisting Commonwealth University in this search and expeditious application is encouraged.

Application materials as well as nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., John Thornburgh, and Bree Liddell at CommonwealthProvost@wittkieffer.com.

Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal employment and equal educational opportunities for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, affectional or sexual orientation, age, disability, or other classifications that are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other pertinent state and federal laws and regulations.

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