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Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska
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Date Posted May 24, 2020
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Location: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Requisition #: 200217

Creighton University, a private, Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks a strategic, inclusive, and innovative academic leader to serve as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. This is a tremendous opportunity for a visionary leader to join an inspiring President and a distinguished University moving into a new era of growth and prominence. Creighton is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship, changing the landscape of health education in the Southwest, promoting excellence in teaching, research, service, and clinical care, and providing students a fully integrated experience embracing academics, student life, spirituality, social justice, and service-oriented practice in all professions.

This is an exciting time to join Creighton. Always known for educational excellence and its distinctive Jesuit, Catholic mission, the University has a bold vision for the future guided by an ambitious strategic plan, The Creighton 150 Strategic Plan: Lighting the Way. Some key milestones achieved on the path to this future include:

  • After 16 years ranked as No. 1 in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, Creighton moved into the National Universities category at an impressive ranking of No. 104. This change in national rankings is linked to the University's elevation in the recent Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education from the "Master's Colleges and Universities" category to the newly created "Doctoral/Professional Universities."

  • Creighton has significantly expanded its commitment to serving the underserved through the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, which features strategic partnerships and construction of a $100 million Creighton University health sciences campus in Phoenix. These efforts will impact health education for the region and provide much needed increases in health care professionals.

  • Creighton has invested heavily in improving the undergraduate experience in many ways, including: transforming its library into an information commons; supporting robust undergraduate research opportunities; establishing the University as a well-established national leader in collaborative care and interprofessional education; embracing an intentional global focus for the University community; and drawing distinguished faculty and high-caliber students.

Creighton is one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and offers a top-ranked education in the Jesuit tradition. Creighton's nine schools and colleges deliver powerful educational programs that connect arts and sciences, law, and business with the health sciences, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, public health, emergency medical services, and physician assistant programs.

Creighton enrolls nearly 9,000 students, about half of which are undergraduates and the other half graduate and professional students. More than half of the undergraduate students enter Creighton planning to pursue further education in one of the professional schools, and nearly 31% of undergraduates go on to professional or graduate school. Creighton's students, faculty, and staff thrive in a supportive community committed to Jesuit, Catholic values and traditions. Creighton's Athletic Department competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the BIG EAST Conference. The University employs 2,200 faculty and staff committed to academic excellence. As a mission-driven institution, the University requires talented, principled, and service-minded leaders who embrace the unique character and goals of higher education.

Creighton seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking Provost who possesses a solid understanding of the current higher education landscape, an enterprising mindset, and a track record of successfully implementing change in response to economic, political, and social forces. The Provost will oversee the budgeting and financing of academic operations, which accounts for 80% of the University's revenue and expenditures, while prioritizing student success, academic excellence, and diversity and inclusion. The Provost will work closely with the President, Board of Trustees, deans, and other senior leaders, faculty, students, staff, and governing councils to help the University achieve further distinction by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges detailed further in this profile:

  • Inspire, unite, and energize the academic organization around the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, Creighton's mission, and a shared vision.

  • Encourage innovation and creativity while ensuring effective allocation of resources among competing needs of the institution.

  • Focus on student success at the University and beyond.

  • Strengthen Creighton as a model for interprofessional education in health care in Omaha, Phoenix, and other locations.

  • Continue to shepherd and strengthen Creighton's health care partnerships in the Omaha and Phoenix areas and beyond, including administrative overview of mission, interprofessional pedagogy, accreditation, simulation, and clinical relationships

  • Support and enhance shared governance and a culture of respect and transparency.

Creighton has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. This is a confidential search. The names of candidates, including finalists, will not be made public. Members of the campus community invited to participate in the finalist visits will be required to sign Acknowledgement of Confidentiality forms. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: http://www.imsearch.com/7436. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Qualifications: Doctorate or terminal degree and a record of distinguished scholarship requisite for an appointment as a tenured full professor. Commitment to the Jesuit and Catholic mission and its role in higher education, supporting the development of the whole person, the promotion of faith that does justice, and service to others. Progressive academic leadership experience in higher education and developing and executing academic strategies in a complex and comprehensive University.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Financial competence with a fiscal insight necessary to advance allocation of resources effectively and efficiently among competing needs of the institution and its mission. Proven ability to serve as an officer of a university in an executive role, and to provide visionary strategic leadership, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to interdisciplinary education. Demonstrated decisive management skills exemplified by a record of excellence in delegation, responsibility, and accountability. Collaboration and consensus-building abilities to bring together diverse groups of constituents. Commitment to development of an inclusive community that respects the rights of individuals. Established record of excellence in delegation, responsibility, and accountability. Appreciation for, and record of, discernment and thoughtful decision-making. Proven record of and participation in structures of shared governance.

Physical Requirements: Seeing: 75 - 100% Hearing: 50-75% Standing/Climbing/Mobility: 0-24% Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: 0-24% (pound: lbs.) Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: 75 - 100% Travel: No Exposure to Blood Borne pathogens: No

AAP/EEO Statement: Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.

Disclosure Statement: This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice

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