Saint Martin’s University seeks a strategic and innovative academic leader to serve as the next Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The position is a direct report to President Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, who assumed office July 1, 2022. As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost provides leadership in all academic matters and works collaboratively with the deans, faculty, staff, and administration to further Saint Martin’s mission and vision. The University is sponsored by the Benedictine Order and embraces the Order’s mission, vision, and values and provides a caring, transformative educational experience with the motto: To Lead with Heart.
Saint Martin’s University, located in Lacey, Washington, is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University’s identity is rooted in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. The University and the Abbey sit on more than 300 acres of peaceful woodlands, meadows, and meandering trails. Saint Martin’s University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year coeducational university, with undergraduate and graduate offerings that seek to serve and promote the common good. The University welcomes students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds, and more students at its extended campus at the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With an enrollment of approximately 1,400 undergraduates and 240 graduate students, Saint Martin’s offers 29 majors, 11 master’s programs, one doctorate program, and five certificate programs, spanning the arts and sciences, business, counseling, education, engineering, nursing, and leadership.
The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of Saint Martin’s University. Under the direction of the President, the Provost is responsible for educational policy and academic programs to include program review and improvement, accreditation and self-evaluation, assessment of student learning and advancement of student success, academic personnel decisions, budget development, enrollment management, fiscal accountability, program and curriculum development, and the encouragement and improvement of teaching and learning. The Provost reports directly to the President, is a member of the President’s Cabinet, and acts for the President when the President is unavailable. Direct reports include the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the College of Education and Counseling, the Dean of the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, the Dean of the School of Business, the Director of the O’Grady Library, the Associate Dean of International Programs, the Registrar, and an executive assistant.
- Doctoral degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.
- Successful and progressive professional and leadership experience suitable for appointment as the Provost.
- Demonstrated experience in the planning and implementation of instructional programs (credit and non-credit), workforce development, academic support services, and course and program assessment.
- Senior level supervisory experience with strong mentoring and staff management.
- Academic credentials for a tenured full professor or equivalent.
More information, including an institutional profile with a full list of duties and responsibilities, is available at the link above.
How to Apply
Applications should consist of a substantive letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationships with each. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:
The position is open until filled but only applications received by Tuesday, March 21, 2023, can be assured full consideration. The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org. The salary range for the position is $200K – $220K per year. Further information about Saint Martin’s University is available at https://www.stmartin.edu/.
The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.
Equal opportunity in employment is governed by a variety of federal laws. The major applicable federal laws are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Pay Act, and VEVRAA. Collectively, these laws prohibit discrimination in all terms and conditions of employment – including hiring, compensation, training, promotion, and termination – based on race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran’s status, and age. The majority of these laws are enforced by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, frequently known as the EEOC.
In addition to those mentioned above, equal opportunity in higher education is also governed by Titles VI and IX. Like their employment law counterparts, these laws collectively prohibit discrimination in educational programs or activities based on race, national origin, and sex. These laws are enforced by a division of the Department of Education known as the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).