University invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Vice President (EVP). The EVP is the chief administrative officer for the University with executive responsibility for the planning, development, management and preservation of the university’s resources in a manner that supports and advances University’ values and academic mission. Specifically, the EVP leads a wide-ranging portfolio that includes finance, budget and treasury functions; construction, buildings and grounds, operations, real estate and sustainability; public safety; academic and administrative information technology; human resources; internal audit and risk management; and business development. These core administrative functions are delivered through direct reporting teams of approximately 900 employees.
As a member of University’ senior leadership team, the EVP works collaboratively and effectively with other key leaders including the Provost, the Senior Vice Presidents, members of the Board of Trustees and relevant Board committees and subcommittees, as well as academic and administrative leaders across the university. The EVP position is opening as the current incumbent prepares to retire after a dozen years of highly regarded service.
University is a student-centered research university that educates approximately 11,500 students, almost equally divided between undergraduate and graduate students, in eight schools—Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Law and Diplomacy, Medicine, Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine—and a College of Civic Life. At the undergraduate level, it is one of the most selective universities in the country, with an acceptance rate below 15 percent for the class of 2022, whose accepted students’ combined SATs averaged 1467. University provides an intimate learning environment marked by an 8:1 student faculty ratio and has a strong research profile, placing 11th in the Nature Index 2017 Innovation ranking. The graduate and professional schools are similarly distinguished and selective. It is an institution with a strong commitment to both teaching and research and where faculty are known as the quintessential teacher-scholars. University has an operating budget of $949 million a year, including nearly $193 million in sponsored research funding, and an endowment of $1.86 billion. The university has a longstanding commitment to inclusion, pragmatic innovation, and international engagement, and a track record of multi-disciplinary collaborations in research and education across its different schools.
Recent programmatic initiatives and investments have been guided by the university’s T10 strategic plan. In 2016, University significantly deepened its commitment to the arts and humanities with the acquisition of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), now part of the School of Arts and Sciences. During the 2017-18 academic year, University launched the public phase of its Brighter World comprehensive campaign, which seeks to raise $1.5 billion to strengthen teaching and research, support a distinctive culture of collaboration and innovation, increase financial aid and bolster University’ ability to attract the finest students from all backgrounds, and advance the university’s capacity to translate ideas into practical solutions for global problems.
The new EVP should be a high energy leader/manager who has the skills and breadth of vision to partner effectively with the President, the Provost, an accomplished senior leadership team, and the deans of the various schools. The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader and strong communicator who has a proven track record of setting strategy and driving results. Experience with Responsibility Center Management, developing new programs, and/or leading major construction efforts is a plus.
The ideal candidate will be an accomplished finance and operations leader with notable executive experience in the higher education sector. S/he will have had a positive, sustained impact in complex environments, where collaboration and influence management were critical to success. Qualified candidates will possess an understanding of and appreciation for a university’s academic and research environments, the roles and relationships of faculty, staff and students, and the diverse needs for operational support. Within this environment, the EVP must be able to instil excellent business practices, develop new ideas, and bring strong analytical and operational skills to the position. In a context of financial challenges for both teaching and research across the sector, the successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding abilities in financial management and planning.