Washington and Lee University, the nation's ninth oldest institution of higher learning, invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost.
As a key member of the President's senior leadership team and the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost is responsible for articulating, developing, and nurturing the distinctive educational mission of Washington and Lee. The deans of the three primary units of the University — the College, the Williams School of Commerce and Politics, and the School of Law — report directly to the Provost, as do directors of other programs and offices. The Provost is therefore well positioned to advance the goal of providing an intellectual program of the highest quality in a diverse environment that prizes free inquiry, a love of learning, and honorable conduct.
Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee is among the most selective and highly regarded universities in the nation, with an exceptionally qualified and increasingly diverse student body, an outstanding faculty of teacher-scholars, a robust endowment, a loyal cadre of alumni, and a highly dedicated and talented team of administrators and staff. Located in historic Lexington between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains and a three-hour drive to Washington, D.C., the University combines a rich history of individualized education with a commitment to meeting the educational challenges of the new century. The Provost will advance and refine several curricular initiatives, including the strategic plan for global learning, the innovative four-week intensive spring term and the nationally acclaimed curriculum in the School of Law. The Provost will also assume a critical role in the implementation of an ambitious strategic plan. A $500 million capital campaign that is well underway will provide resources for students and scholars for years to come.
Working with President Kenneth P. Ruscio and the entire Washington and Lee community, the Provost will give voice to the University's academic aspirations and will nurture innovation and critical thinking about the role of a liberal arts education in a changing, complex and diverse society. The successful candidate will possess the administrative and academic distinction and credentials appropriate for appointment as a full professor in a discipline offered by the University. The provost must have an outstanding ability to communicate, exceptional managerial skills and a strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity and shared governance.
The next Provost will assume the position on or about July 1, 2013.
The University has retained the firm Isaacson, Miller to assist the President and the Search Committee in this critical search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in confidence, preferably in electronic form, to: Tim McFeeley, Partner, or Gail Gregory, Managing Associate, Isaacson, Miller, 1300 19th Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036.The full prospectus can be seen here or downloaded as a PDF file.