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Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Application deadline: March 31, 2020

Senior Consultant: Pamela Balch

Associate Consultant: Christy Scott

Black Hills State University (BHSU), located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota in Spearfish, invites nominations for and inquiries and applications from highly talented and motivated individuals interested in assuming a transformational leadership opportunity as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/VPAA). The Provost/VPAA will report directly to the new president, Dr. Laurie Nichols, and will have the opportunity to be part of her new administrative team and participate in the upcoming fall strategic planning process.

BHSU refers to itself as a campus “Where Anything is Possible” and is guided by the University Vision Statement that: “Black Hills State University will be the region’s leading university in undergraduate research and sustainability whose graduates will enact global change through leadership, stewardship, and scholarship.”  The new Provost/VPAA of BHSU will oversee the three deans of the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business and Natural Sciences, and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, encompassing a total of 3,858 students, 131 full-time and 86 adjunct faculty, and 243 staff members.

It is an exciting time to make a difference for all constituents of Black Hills State University.  A highly qualified Provost will be able to garner trust and enthusiastic partnerships with the President, the dedicated community of administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and students in the years of growth and development ahead for BHSU.  More information about Black Hills State University, the region, and the qualifications of the next Provost/VPAA are provided in the search profile.

The position is open until filled, but applications received by March 31, 2020 will be given full consideration. Applications should include 1) a detailed cover letter addressing the priorities and desired qualities for the position; 2) a current curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) a list of five professional references with contact information and an explanation of the working relationship. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent to

Black Hills State University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting Dr. Pamela Balch (

Black Hills State is committed to following the federal law, Title IX of the Education Amendment, and its policy prohibiting discrimination and harassment in educational programs, activities and its employment practices. It ensures equal access to its educational programs and employment opportunities without regard to sex, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status. Black Hills state is committed to providing an environment not impaired by sex and gender-based misconduct, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassing, violent intimidating or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees or any other member or visitor to the University community.