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University of Idaho
Provost and Executive Vice President

The University seeks an accomplished and enthusiastic academic leader to partner with the President and senior leadership team, champion student success, grow enrollment, promote research, and guide strategic planning and implementation.

Collaborative . . . Mission-Driven . . . Experienced . . . Collegial
Confident . . . Strategic Thinker . . . Scholarship . . . Integrity
Leadership . . . Team Player . . . Decisive . . . Results-Oriented
Energetic . . . Flexible . . . Mentor . . . Professional . . . Creative
Resilient . . . Positive Attitude . . . Relationship Builder

The Position

Reporting to the President, the Provost and Executive Vice President (Provost/EVP) serves as the chief academic officer, provides vigorous academic leadership to the entire University, is a member of the President’s Cabinet, and serves as the chief executive in the absence of the President. The Provost/EVP is directly responsible for the general direction of all academic programs, endeavors, and instructional services in the several colleges, schools, departments, and other academic units on the Moscow campus and the University’s academic, outreach, and research initiatives at locations throughout the state.

The Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the strategic planning process and accreditation development and implementation on behalf of the President.

  • Integrate the University’s statewide network of research, extension, and instructional centers, and ensure the fulfillment of the University’s role in the State of Idaho, the nation, and the world.

  • Work closely with the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Executive Director of Planning and Budget, and Deans in budget planning, fiscal accountability, general policy development, and human resources.

  • Coordinate the activities of the vice presidents and other members of the senior leadership to support the mission of the University.

  • With the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, advance the University’s research agenda and establish partnerships with ongoing and emerging businesses and industries to bring a research and/or creative experience to undergraduate and graduate education throughout the University.

  • Promote the University in outreach and engagement with stakeholders and constituents throughout the state.

  • Encourage and support a healthy climate and culture of inclusion and participation by fostering open communications through regular dialogue with faculty, staff, and students.

  • Provide leadership for the Colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Art and Architecture, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Letters Arts and Social Sciences, Natural Resources, Science; and Graduate Studies; the WWAMI Medical Education Program; Academic Affairs; Libraries; Enrollment Management; Student Affairs; and the Centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls.

  • Serve as a liaison to the University of Idaho Faculty Senate.

  • Foster academic excellence in all University departments and divisions and promote academic freedom.

  • Provide general direction and support for curricular planning, student recruitment and retention, and academic support programs and services.

  • Appoint, train, and review academic administrators; oversee the faculty personnel system and faculty development program, including promotion and tenure; coordinate with the Vice President for Research to plan for the University’s research and outreach efforts; and provide coordination among the faculty, administration, and staff.

  • Foster and maintain constructive working relationships with the academic officers of other universities and colleges within Idaho, the Board of Regents/State Board of Education, and the Board Office.

  • Serve on the State Board of Education’s Council of Academic Affairs and Programs.

The Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a commitment to the ideal of a student-centered university and to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and the transfer of knowledge and technology. A clear appreciation of the mission, vision, and programs of the University and ability to lead the statewide missions, including research, extension, instruction, and working collaboratively and effectively with a governing board and its staff will be essential.

The ability to articulate and inspire a shared commitment to the University’s mission and vision; identify creative strategies to achieve that mission and vision; and develop a broad array of national and international initiatives in teaching, scholarship, and engagement through service are key attributes for success. Candidates will also possess the ability to work successfully with peers, communicate effectively and collegially with internal and external constituencies, and promote the value of interdisciplinary efforts in the curricula and in creative scholarly and research activities.

Key Qualifications, Core Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics:


  • A doctorate or comparable terminal degree.

  • Rank of full professor or qualification for rank of full professor.

  • Significant administrative and academic achievement at a research university.

  • Effectiveness as an academic leader with experience addressing issues beyond the departmental level.

  • Leadership experience in working with faculty, administrators, staff, and students in a manner that exemplifies high integrity, openness, accountability, and shared governance.

  • A record of promoting and enhancing diversity and human rights.

  • Experience in making and implementing difficult decisions with a timely, collaborative, and coordinated approach.

  • Successful management of academic personnel matters and budgets.

The University

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers 12,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity, University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year.

Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in America by The Princeton Review, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community, the University actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho, and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With programs in all of the state's 44 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal, and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension, and collaboration. The University provides access to publically supported medical education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine, and the College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With its research and outreach centers, scientific and artistic advancements enrich lives. The University has more than 200 student organizations, more than 20 minority student groups, and is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Vandal athletic teams compete in 16 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports.

For additional information and to view the University's Provost webpage, 
click here.

To view an aerial video of the campus and surrounding Moscow community, 
click here.

The Location

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters, and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs, and many locally-owned restaurants.

Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Fresh Aire Concert Series, and Third Street Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The Renaissance Fair, a downtown Moscow favorite, celebrates the arrival of spring with artists, crafters, live music, and international foods.

The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a "great university to hit the books and backcountry" by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping, and more.

The Invitation

Application, confidential conversation, or nomination.


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae with a letter of application summarizing your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Send your application materials to me at the email address below.


To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email me at the address below and suggest a few days and times convenient with your schedule.


If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or call me.


Thank you for your consideration,

Gary R. Rhoads, Search Consultant


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The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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