March 4, 2019 - 11:17am -- jlaskey


Founded in 1878 as Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio, the institution became a university in 1989. Ashland University (AU) continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for professions and careers. The University places great emphasis on the importance of each person. Accent on the Individual has been the AU motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of the campus environment. The faculty teach a diverse curriculum that features more than 100 programs of study, which include liberal arts, preprofessional and professional undergraduate programs, in addition to graduate degree offerings at both the master’s and doctoral levels. The integration of the liberal arts and career development is a major strength.

Position Summary:

Ashland University invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost. The Provost, as the Chief Academic Officer of all University educational programs and academic support services, is directly responsible to the President and serves as one of seven on the President’s Executive Leadership Team.

Essential Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reports to the President and serves as “first among equals” with the other members of the President’s Executive Leadership Team and Cabinet.
  • Serves as the academic and scholarly leader of the University, with ultimate responsibility for all academic programs, operations, and initiatives. The Provost is an ex-officio member of all University advisory committees.
  • Provides primary oversight for all academic operations of the University, including faculty promotion and tenure, and administrative structures of colleges and academic centers.
  • Holds responsibility for the creation and implementation of programs in consonance with the University’s Strategic Plan.
  • Represents the University’s academic interests with the President’s Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees through its Academic Affairs Committee.
  • Works with the Board Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee in preparing the agenda and materials for Board meetings.
  • Develops the academic budget, monitors its implementation, and approves expenditures. Balances the need for fiscal efficiency with academic excellence and rigor.
  • Provides administrative oversight for the University’s accreditation, including its reaccreditation process through the Higher Learning Commission. Responsible for setting a culture of continuous improvement through establishing and fostering leading assessment practices for all academic programs and processes.
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

Position Requirements:


  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education.

Christian Faith and Life:

  • A person of Christian faith and life.
  • One who fully supports the University’s mission and core values.


  • Five (5) years of experience at or above the executive director level, or in faculty or administrative leadership in an accredited institution of higher education or in a higher education-related field or institution.

These experiences are preferred:

  • At least ten (10) years of faculty, staff, or administrative experience at an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
  • Experience at a comprehensive private accredited institution of higher education.
  • Experience with traditional undergraduate and graduate education as well as non-traditional higher education.
  • Academic background and accomplishment sufficient to merit faculty rank of professor (but neither rank nor tenure are attained simply by being chosen Provost).


  • Fiscal management.
  • Academic and strategic planning.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication proficiencies with the capacity to manage debate and handle constructive criticism.
  • Listening competency with the ability to build trust.
  • Ability to facilitate innovation and cross-college and interdisciplinary collaboration, empower and inspire faculty to be excited about new campus initiatives, and set an example for the value of a comprehensive University.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until a new provost is appointed. For most favorable consideration, applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest by March 25, 2019. All nominations, expressions of interest, and applications will be handled with complete confidentiality and should be submitted directly to Please visit to learn more.

Ashland University meets fully its obligation of nondiscrimination under federal and state laws and is actively committed to diversity in its workplace. Employment will require a criminal background check.

Request From: 
AU Provost Search Committee
Official Posting Date: 
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 10:15am
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