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Provost Search (Offline)

Fordham University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the chief academic officer of the University.

The new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (the provost) will be an innovative leader who will provide a vision for all aspects of academic life in the University, including enriching academic programs and faculties, and enhancing teaching, research and the student experience. The provost leads efforts to realize the University’s promise, building upon the questioning and questing character of Jesuit, Catholic higher education. The new provost will work with the other members of the leadership team of the University to help achieve the University’s strategic goals and its vision of excellence, including enhancing Fordham’s role as a community and world leader. Further, the provost will achieve this vision through strengthening administrative processes and support systems guiding faculty development, fostering partnerships, setting budget policy and overseeing all aspects of the University’s academic areas.

Who We Are Looking For

The new provost must be a seasoned administrator with demonstrated leadership experience; a deep knowledge of and ability to promote the Jesuit mission; a clear sense of the diverse challenges of a university with undergraduate, graduate and professional schools; and the skills required to promote individual and mutual strength among schools. Extraordinary communications skills are essential for success, as is the ability to work collaboratively throughout the institution to foster a culture of collegiality and innovation.The ideal candidate will bring experience in international education and demonstrated leadership in improving diversity, inclusion and equity. In addition to experience comparable to that of a provost, dean, associate vice president or vice president, the provost will have an earned doctorate or terminal professional degree and a record of scholarly achievement that would merit appointment in one of the faculties of the University. Read the detailed leadership profile of the position.

How To Apply

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested individuals should provide a letter describing their interest in and qualification for the position, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of five references. This search will be conducted with full confidentiality of all candidates; references will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.

Materials should be submitted electronically to Fordham's consultants, Jean Dowdall, Robin Mamlet, Sheila Murphy and Phil Tang, at For fullest consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials as early as possible and by no later than October 29, 2018. Compensation for this position is highly competitive.

Search Committee

Given the importance of this role at Fordham, the search committee has representatives from across the university.

Chaired by Virginia Roach, Ed.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Education, the search committee consists of the following members:

  • Gregory Acevedo, Ph.D., Graduate School of Social Service Faculty
  • Eva Badowska, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Interim Dean and Associate Vice President, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Matthew Diller, J.D., Dean of the Law School
  • Silvia Finnemann, Ph.D., Arts and Sciences Faculty (Biology)
  • Stephen Grimm, Ph.D., Arts and Sciences Faculty (Philosophy)
  • Eve Keller, Ph.D., President of the Faculty Senate, Arts and Sciences Faculty (English)
  • Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., Dean of the Gabelli School of Business
  • Thomas Regan, S.J., Ph.D., Trustee, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Board of Trustees
  • Clara Rodriguez, Ph.D., Arts and Sciences Faculty (Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Falguni Sen, Ph.D., Gabelli School of Business Faculty
  • Peter Stace, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Strategy
  • Kay Turner, J.D., Vice President for Human Resources
  • Consultant: Rafael Zapata, Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Special Advisor to the President on Diversity.

Fordham University is an independent Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition.

Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer–Veterans, people with disabilities, women, people of color and others in protected categories are encouraged to apply.