Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

Lehman College of the City University of New York is seeking a Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success. The purpose of this site is to keep the college community informed and provide relevant information to potential applicants. Please see below for the position description and related information. For more information, please contact search committee co-chairs, Vice President Ronald Bergmann or Professor Vincent Prohaska.

The Provost’s responsibilities lie within three principal areas:

Advancing Excellence in Faculty Teaching, Research and Scholarship

The Provost is responsible for building the academic reputation, increasing the impact, and expanding the reach of the College by providing strategic leadership and academic direction within the context of the mission of the College and the University, the president’s guidance, institutional priorities, a strong system of shared governance, and best practices in higher education. The Provost ensures that:

  • Teaching, research and creative activity meet the highest academic standards
  • High quality academic programs, both classroom-based and online, are developed and supported
  • Talented, diverse and forward-looking faculty are recruited, developed and retained.
  • Financial and physical resources are efficiently and effectively managed
  • Innovative approaches are adopted to improve institutional outcomes
  • Collaborative efforts are supported between Lehman College and its principal community college partners, K-12 schools, local businesses as well as health care, non-profit and cultural institutions
  • Opportunities for academic collaborations are sought across the University, in the Bronx and surrounding community, as well as internationally
  • Close collaboration takes place with Information Technology, the Office of Online Education and faculty to provide current, flexible, support and oversight of multimodal teaching and learning

Improving Student Success

The Provost is tasked with achieving a strategic alignment of academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs to design, develop, and implement programs and practices that will result in increased numbers of graduates who are fully prepared to begin successful careers, pursue advanced studies, and assume leadership roles. The Provost is a key leader of the College’s efforts to solidify its place as an intellectual, educational, and cultural anchor in the Bronx and the region.

Achieving Greater Academic and Institutional Effectiveness

The Provost plays a pivotal role in ensuring student success by increasing resources available to the College, situating the College’s expanding mission in a network of education, professional and community relations, and supporting the College’s ambition of graduating 90,000 students with high quality degrees and certificates by 2030.

The Provost collaborates with the University’s Chancellor and the College President, vice-presidents, deans, program directors, and faculty in strategic planning to increase public and private support for:

  • Faculty research and fellowships
  • Student scholarships and grants
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Multi-modal pedagogical innovation, online learning, and professional development
  • Technical infrastructure
  • Global engagement

Additionally, the Provost plays a key role in promoting alumni engagement and in reaching out to K-12 schools, health care organizations and community, business and cultural partners.¬† By increasing resources and developing alliances, the Provost plays a leadership role in increasing the College’s graduation rate, expanding the number of degrees and certificates it awards, developing significant experiential learning opportunities, and becoming a major player in providing affordable, excellent undergraduate and graduate programming in emerging and desirable fields.¬†


The successful candidate will have a minimum of eight years of relevant experience coupled with a doctorate or other terminal degree. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to urban public higher education, as well as demonstrated success in providing effective, equitable, and inclusive leadership in a multicultural environment.

The successful candidate will also possess:

  • A distinguished record of research, teaching, and scholarly accomplishment meriting appointment as a full Professor in one of the College's academic departments
  • A history of successful leadership and experience in administrative/academic positions of increasing responsibility
  • A record of cross-divisional collaboration
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in student development programs and services, instructional pedagogies, ¬†effective strategic planning, budgeting and resource allocation practices, and talent recruitment, retention, and development
  • Demonstrated use of data-informed decision-making for enhancing faculty and student success

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate will be a respected scholar and leader who is kind, intelligent, thoughtful, creative, confident, honest, transparent, effective, entrepreneurial, energetic, trusting, engaging, decisive, fair and equitable. The candidate should be committed to the tenets of urban public higher education, diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusive excellence; a champion of faculty research, academic freedom, and the value of creative learning environments; trusted to serve as an outstanding steward of academic standards; experienced with budget and collective bargaining issues; a clear communicator and effective listener with demonstrated interpersonal and conflict management skills; an ethical leader with strong moral values.

Leadership Style

Also essential is a leadership style that is collaborative, transparent, empowering, inclusive, and innovative; a career track that demonstrates passion and dedication to the pursuit of academic excellence; leadership effectiveness in fiscal planning and resource allocation, strategic planning and execution, organizational development, and other administrative and academic functions related to higher education; and a demonstrated commitment to celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive environment conducive to faculty, student, and staff success. The successful candidate will be a strong proponent of data-informed decision-making, continuous improvement, and faculty and student success. The ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a shared governance and collective bargaining environment with faculty, staff, administrators and students within the College and stakeholders beyond the campus while fostering a strong esprit de corps is essential. The successful candidate must be able to communicate regularly and effectively with the President.


This is an Executive Compensation Plan position: salary and benefits are competitive. CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. CUNY offers a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Closing Date

The position will remain open until filled with review of applications to begin October 29, 2017. The position start date is July 1, 2018.

For confidential inquiries about this position, please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs Vice-President Ronald Bergmann,, or Professor Vincent Prohaska,