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Search for Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Texas Tech University invites nominations, inquiries and applications for the role of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs,Texas Tech University. The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of Texas Tech University and is responsible for the overall academic mission of the university. This role is highly visible and requires executive presence and strong planning, execution and collaborative skills, as the position involves successfully working with the President, Deans, faculty, staff, and students to promote academic excellence, equity, and diversity throughout the institution. Specifically, the TTU Provost reports to the President and is the most senior advisor to the President on all academic matters.

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For questions or concerns, please contact Joseph A. Heppert, Ph.D., Vice President for Research & Innovation, Provost Search Committee Chair:  Joseph.Heppert@ttu.edu.

Candidate Presentation Schedules

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Prabu David, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Michigan State University
Thursday, March 25 | 2 p.m. - Archived Presentation
Bio | CV


John D. Griffin, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Clemson University
Friday, March 26 | 10:30 a.m. - Archived Presentation
Bio | CV


Charles G. Riordan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Scholarship & Innovation
University of Delaware
Monday, March 29 | 2 p.m. - Archived Presentation
Bio | CV


Ronald L. Hendrick
Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University
Wednesday, April 7 | 10 a.m. - Archived Presentation
Bio | CV


Margaret L. Williams
Dean, Rawls College of Business Administration
Texas Tech University
Thursday, April 8 | 10:30 a.m. - Archived Presentation
Bio | CV

Position Overview

As the top academic officer of the university, the Provost is responsible for the academic planning of the university; the quality of the educational experience through oversight of the curriculum and support of educational initiatives; the review of all faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure; compliance with institutional policies and external regulations, including accreditations; and establishing collaborations to support sustainable institutional budgeting, the development and enhancement of the research effort, and the expansion of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Required Provost Role Specifications

Background/experiences and skills/accomplishments that are key to the success of the Provost

  • The Provost will possess an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate a record of research/scholarly excellence meriting appointment as a full professor with tenure in a university academic department as well as an accomplished record of achievement in extramural funding.
  • TTU seeks a Provost with a record of successful advocacy for the concerns and opportunities of the fields/disciplines of a large comprehensive public university including the arts & humanities, the social sciences, STEM, and the professional programs, along with the commitment and ability to bring effective multidisciplinary collaboration to reach shared institutional goals.
  • The Provost will possess a wide range of excellent communication skills to clearly and succinctly articulate the Texas Tech academic mission and vision to both internal and external constituencies.
  • The Provost will create and foster strategic partnerships aimed at enhancing the quality and diversity of TTU undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The Provost will coordinate initiatives, priorities, and policies with other institutional vice presidents in order to advance institutional strategic priorities.
  • The Provost will show commitment to hiring and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty and staff, and will encourage diversity, inclusion, and equity at all levels of the institution.
  • The Provost will partner with institutional leaders in scholarship, outreach, and education to build international collaborations, and enhance the international reputation of TTU.
  • The Provost will demonstrate a commitment to the concept of a student-centered institution, with a strong student orientation and a dedication to preparing students for success in a global environment.
  • The Provost will possess unquestioned integrity and demonstrated leadership accomplishments and administrative abilities.
  • The Provost will have a strong commitment to shared university governance.
  • The Provost will ensure institutional accountability, fiscal responsibility, and the effective performance of all academic divisions in the University.
  • The Provost will ensure excellence in academics throughout the institution while sustaining institutional enrollment and strengthening TTU's current high academic standards for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The Provost will partner in promoting strategic investment targeted toward growing TTU's portfolio of research, scholarship, and creative activity, and international recognition as a top public research institution.
  • The Provost will bring a strong understanding of the workings of a complex university system, to include knowledge and experience concerning current “best practices” in higher education, skillful resource allocation, and familiarity with the business operations of other successful large comprehensive organizations.

Search Committee

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Joseph A. Heppert, Ph.D.

Vice President, Office of Research & Innovation
Provost Search Committee Chair

Stephen Bayne, Ph.D.

Associate Chair, Graduate Studies; Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Jodie L. Billingsley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Christy Bratcher, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Research, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Jennifer Burns, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Affiliate Professor, University of Alaska Department of Biological Sciences

Sean P. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences

Earnstein Dukes, M.L.S.

Dean, University Libraries

Clifton Ellis, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Research & Faculty Development
Elizabeth Sasser Professor of Architectural History, College of Architecture

Kristi Gaines, Ph.D., IIDA, IDEC

Associate Dean, Graduate School
Associate Professor, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences

Lori Ann Garcia

Executive Administrative Associate, Office of the President
Provost Search Administrative Assistant

William L. Gardner, III, D.B.A.

Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor; Jerry S. Rawls Chair in Leadership
Director-Institute for Leadership Research, Rawls College of Business Administration

Jamie Hansard, M.A.

Vice President, Enrollment Management

Hunter Heck

President, Student Government Association

Sheila Hoover

Associate Dean, Outreach and Information Services, University Libraries

Kerk F. Kee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, College of Media & Communication

Mickey L. Long

Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System

Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa, Ph.D., FTOS, FAHA

Professor, Nutritional Sciences; Director, Obesity Research Institute
College of Human Sciences

Dee Nguyen

Recruitment Assistant Manager, Hospitality Services; President, Staff Senate

Charles Ramey, II, M.SC.

Graduate Vice President, Student Government Association

Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health

Danny Reible, Ph.D., P.E.

Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair; Horn Professor
Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering

Michael J. San-Francisco, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor, Biological Sciences and Honors College
Adjunct Professor, TTUHSC

Brian Shannon, J.D.

Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor, School of Law

Noel Sloan, J.D.

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Administration and Finance

Rob Stewart, Ph.D.

Senior Vice Provost, Office of the Provost

Carol A. Sumner, Ed.D.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Fernando Valle, Ed.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Special Education; Professor of Educational Leadership, College of Education

Kevin Wass, DMA

Professor of Music, J. T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts

Aliza S. Wong, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, Honors College; Professor, Honors College and History; Director, European Studies

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