Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Application deadline: February 5, 2020

Senior Consultant: Kate Nolde

Senior Consultant: Virginia Horvath

Associate Consultant: Lisa Rosenberg

Ferris State University, in beautiful Big Rapids, Michigan, invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As Ferris State’s chief academic officer, the new Provost will provide leadership and oversight for all academic programs on the Big Rapids campus and at 22 partner locations in Michigan and guide the University in implementing the approved Ferris Forward strategic plan. The Provost reports directly to experienced President David Eisler, is a member of the President’s executive leadership team, plays a central role in institutional decisions, and leads 440 full-time faculty and all units within Academic Affairs to create, implement, and support a vision of academic excellence and student success for the University. Additionally, the Provost promotes faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, advising, and service; provides academic budgetary oversight; and expands opportunities for engagement and outreach at local, state, national and global levels. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Ferris State will host the visitation team in October of 2020 for review of its HLC reaccreditation report.

Ferris State University is a dynamic, comprehensive liberal arts institution with a broad base of technical and professional programs. Its main campus in Big Rapids is about an hour’s drive north of Grand Rapids. Approximately 13,000 students study in more than 180 undergraduate and graduate majors, including associate degrees that articulate into bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees, eight master’s degrees, and doctorates in education, optometry, and pharmacy. Ferris provides a diverse student population with academically challenging and career-oriented programs. The Ferris State University community is celebrating the 135th anniversary of its founding by Woodbridge and Helen Gillespie Ferris in 1884. Students learn in a supportive, hands-on, and collaborative environment that provides a culturally relevant education. Ferris employs about 440 full-time faculty members. To explore more about Ferris State, please visit

Ferris State University is led by Dr. David Eisler, an experienced and nationally renowned university president. He began his tenure as President of Ferris State in 2002 and has attracted an experienced and dedicated executive team, who work cohesively to achieve the University’s vision, mission, and goals.

Candidates for this position must have an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree, distinction in their field as a scholar and educator, and substantial senior-level administrative experience in higher education relevant to a teaching- and career-oriented university. The successful candidate will possess many of the highly desired values and leadership talents, higher education leadership skills and experiences, and academic administration experience and abilities which are specified in the full prospectus for this opportunity, which may be found by going to and clicking on the Ferris State listing.

The new Provost and VPAA will join a highly talented leadership team. Ferris State University has a strong history and is growing, diversifying, innovating, and expanding its impact locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. There will be many exciting leadership opportunities and challenges for the next Provost, which are addressed in the prospectus.

Expressions of interest, requests for confidential discussions, nominations and applications for this opportunity are invited. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Wednesday, February 5, 2020. All submissions will be treated in confidence and must be sent electronically to The University is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc. For confidential discussions about this opportunity, please contact Kate Nolde, Senior Consultant, at, or Dr. Ginny Horvath, Senior Consultant, at

Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community.  The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individual with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups.

For confidential assistance, please contact Academic Search, Inc.