Benedictine University (BenU) announces the search for a Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and invites applications and nominations for the position.

After nearly four decades in higher education, including the last 10 in various roles at Benedictine University, María de la Cámara, Ph.D., is retiring. De la Cámara came to Benedictine in 2006 as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts after serving as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.

In 2014, de la Cámara was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs when Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., former Provost since 2008 and prior Dean of the College of Science at Benedictine, was named the eighth president of Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.

The Provost/EVPAA Search Committee will begin the review of applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, November 18, 2016, and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Provost and Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs Profile

Leadership Opportunity and Priorities

Benedictine University (BenU) is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church and the principles of wisdom in “The Rule of St. Benedict.” As a University leader, BenU’s Provost/EVPAA will embrace this Mission and seek its actualization in executing the following leadership priorities:

  • Enable Mission, Vision and Identity
  • Enhance Academic Excellence, Assessment and Reputation
  • Increase Enrollment, Student Success and Retention
  • Serve as Inspiring University Leader
  • Enhance Diversity and Inclusion

Desired Attributes for Leadership

As Chief Academic Officer, the next Provost/EVPAA will work closely with Dr. Brophy, enthusiastically share the University’s aspirations and goals; be responsible for exercising executive responsibility for academic affairs; and have a deep appreciation for the importance of teaching, scholarship, service and administration. He/she will ensure academic excellence, advocate for the faculty and serve as liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee. In addition to oversight of all academic departments, the Provost/EVPAA will oversee student services at multiple sites, including Institutional Research, Academic Advising, the Academic and Career Enrichment Center, Experiential Learning, the Registrar, International Programs and Services, the Benedictine University Library and the School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education.

The Provost/EVPAA will possess a doctoral degree, have achieved tenure and have a track record of substantial scholarship. It is expected that he/she will have at least five years of successful academic administrative experience as a Provost, Dean or other comparable position. The successful candidate will be positioned to effectively address the broad range of leadership challenges, decisions and opportunities required of the position by the depth and breadth of his/her experience. More specifically, it is expected that he/she will possess the following leadership attributes:

  • Mission-Driven and Vision-Inspired Leader
  • A Change Leader
  • A Proven Academic Administrator
  • A Collaborative Leader
  • A Data-Informed Visionary and Insightful Strategic Planner
  • A Student-Focused and Learner-Centered Leader
  • A Gifted Communicator
  • Financially Competent
  • An Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion
  • A Competent Fundraiser
  • A Higher Education Thought-Leader
  • An Ethical People Person

Application Process and Timeline

Candidates are asked to submit applications electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to BenUProvost@agbsearch.com. Application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. The application deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Benedictine University is being assisted in this search by Shannon McCambridge, J.D., LL.M., of AGB Search. Interested candidates or nominators may contact McCambridge at (206) 310-7560 or skm@agbsearch.com.