University of La Verne

University of La Verne
Search for the Provost
La Verne, California

The University of LaVerne (La Verne) is excited to welcome inquiries, nominations, and applications for the role of Provost. The Provost will join La Verne at a transformative time, working closely with the new President, Dr. Pardis Mahdavi, to strategically align the academic enterprise with the university’s mission of offering a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of traditional age, adult, and graduate learners. This is a unique opportunity to partner with an innovative new leader to strengthen further the academic and student experience at an institution with a rich history of values-based education across liberal arts and professional programs. The incoming Provost will become a part of a dynamic community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni to build upon the initiatives in the 2025 Strategic Vision and continue the university’s legacy of providing affordable, accessible, and high-quality education to students from across Southern California and around the world.

Founded in 1891, the University of LaVerne is a private, not-for-profit university in LaVerne, California, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The university comprises five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the LaFetra College of Education, the College of Law and Public Service, and the Cástulo de la Rocha College of Health and Community Well-Being. The university also encompasses seven regional campuses throughout Southern California and provides robust online offerings. Scholastic opportunities abound, with 50 undergraduate programs, 20 master’s degrees, five doctorates, and six credential programs.

The University of La Verne is ranked sixth nationally for social mobility of students by U.S. News & World Report and among the top 10 best private national universities in California. LaVerne serves approximately 6,000 traditional age and adult learners from myriad backgrounds, helping make the federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution one of the most diverse universities in the nation. Nearly half of the traditional undergraduates are first-generation students, and more than 70 percent of LaVerne students receive some form of financial aid.

The University of LaVerne seeks a Provost dedicated to the belief that a quality, values-based education enriches the human condition by engendering community engagement, scholarly accomplishment, and professionalism. The next Provost will celebrate diversity and be personally engaged and committed to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals. To do so, the Provost will be asked to address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Be a strategic thought partner to the new president in shaping the university’s vision for the future;
  • Possess strong financial acumen with an eye toward strategic budget management and resource generation;
  • Model collaborative, effective leadership across the institution;
  • As a Hispanic-serving institution, position the university as a model across the country for creating an academic community grounded on and in service to the core values of diversity, inclusivity, and equity;
  • Create a vision around academic excellence and student success;
  • Build academic infrastructure to optimize the student experience.

The University of La Verne is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position, and salary offers are determined based on the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. The budgeted salary range that the university reasonably expects to pay for this position is $270,000 – $300,000.

Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to support the University of La Verne in this recruitment. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile, and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti, Joe Kralick, Kathy Martínez, and Cara Meyers
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of La Verne is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment. No questions will be used for the purpose of limiting or excluding any applicant from consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Equal access to employment, services, and programs is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify Human Resources.


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