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Thank you for considering Metropolitan State University of Denver as an employer of choice. MSU Denver has transformed the lives of more than 90,000 people in Denver and Colorado through affordable degree programs, innovative public-private partnerships and a commitment to diversity.
That’s why MSU Denver now stands not only as a preeminent public urban university but also a bastion of the American dream.
Let’s be changemakers, together.
Executive Level Positions
Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) seeks a transformative leader, bridge-builder and strategist to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/EVPAA).
Since 1965, MSU Denver has offered tailored degree programs to keep up with students’ real lives, providing a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global and technological society. Located in the heart of downtown Denver and less than an hour from the Rocky Mountains, the Auraria campus is a launch pad for all that Colorado has to offer. A national model of institutional partnerships, MSU Denver shares a campus and some resources with the University of Colorado at Denver and the Community College of Denver – all supported by the Auraria Higher Education Center.
As the leading public institution in Colorado for access and economic mobility and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution, MSU Denver has the most diverse student body in Colorado – 57.7% of undergraduates are first-gen students and 50.3% are students of color. The 16,396 undergraduate and 1,170 graduate students choose from over 100 majors, 100 minors, 10 graduate programs and 40 certificate programs. MSU Denver has been recognized as the Top Transfer Destination in Colorado, a Top College for Diversity, recognized as Best for Vets in 2021, the No. 3 Most Innovative University in the West and a Most Civically Engaged Student Body.
MSU Denver’s next provost will join a dynamic, mission-centered and performance-driven leadership team led by President Janine A. Davidson in the heart of the growing Denver metropolitan area. As the university’s chief academic officer, the next provost/EVPAA will understand the need to integrate work, service and short-term credentials into the institution’s academic pathways and have ideas on how to best accomplish this given MSU Denver’s unique strengths and resource environment. The next provost will be experienced using data; will be focused on collaborative leadership across the institution but particularly with the vice president for student affairs; and will practice inclusive management to drive accountability for student outcomes down to the classroom level as well as to guide short and long-term budget decision making. Additionally, the provost/EVPAA will serve as the key ambassador between faculty and administration, building effective and sustainable relationships with an eye toward the whole student experience to promote enrollment, retention, persistence and success.
As a public, urban modified open-access University and Hispanic-Serving Institution in the heart of downtown Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Hospitality. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, collaborative, and inclusive leader to champion the School’s unique, experiential hospitality programs in the changing landscape of higher education and the growing vibrancy and diversity of the Denver metropolitan region.
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be a visionary leader who embodies the best of hospitality industry standards and educational excellence. Because of the outstanding facilities and applied nature of the curriculum in the fast-growing fields in the School of Hospitality, the next Dean is expected to model effective leadership of talented people, management of distinct resources, and oversight of academic programs in service of the mission of the University and the School of Hospitality.
The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of both the hospitality industry—food and beverage management, events management, tourism, hotel management—and the academic environments and curricula in which hospitality changemakers are educated. Respect for diverse stakeholders and skill in communication and collaboration will be essential.
MSU President Janine Davidson has led an inclusive process efforts to engage faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders in developing the MSU Denver 2030 Strategic Plan and in implementing the initiatives that will “amplify national awareness of its signature educational experience of meeting students where they are, while enhancing its role of providing affordable and transformative undergraduate and graduate education for any student in pursuit of the American dream.”
MSU Denver’s School of Hospitality is the largest hospitality program in the region and the only one in the U.S. boasting a LEED Gold® hotel, commercial conference space, a state-of-the-art beverage-testing laboratory, a commercial restaurant, and a commercial brewery—all on campus. The School’s unrivaled value proposition relies upon the strength of industry-based faculty, industry partnerships, and a responsive applied curriculum linking classrooms and careers.
As the School website explains, students in School of Hospitality programs prepare students for hospitality management and operational careers in the heart of Colorado’s second-largest industry. Currently, there are four undergraduate majors (Brewery Operations, Event and Meeting Management, Hospitality Leadership, and Hotel Management; a minor in Beverage Management, and several certificates in areas such as Bar, Tap, and Tasting Room Management; Culinary Arts; and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. The School of Hospitality, looking to the future, is seeking approval for several programs in Cannabis Studies.
The world-class facilities right on campus at include these enviable spaces in the Hospitality Learning Center: the Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink Restaurant, Beverage Analytics QA/QC Laboratory (powered by The Siebel Institute), and the SpringHill Suites Downtown. The Hospitality Learning Center also includes the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Conference Center; 30,000 square feet of academic space; a sensory analysis lab for wine, beer, and spirits classes; a 72-seat commercial restaurant, a wine and beer cellar management lab, high-tech food demonstration theaters, and tourism and events labs.
The annual compensation range for this position is $180,000 – $220,000. Metropolitan State University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, retirement, life insurance, and a wellness program. Additional benefits include 12 paid holidays, paid time off, multiple forms of leave (such as 6-week Parental Leave, Bereavement Leave), an undergraduate tuition benefit, and discounts.
Academic Search is assisting MSU Denver in this search. For full details about the position—including application requirements and steps in the process—please see the full position profile on the Academic Search website. For full consideration by the search committee, applications should be submitted by September 25, 2023. The next dean is expected to begin in January 2024.
To learn more about this opportunity and discuss your qualifications and interest, potential applicants are welcome to schedule a conversation with one of the Senior Consultants for this search: Dr. Ginny Horvath ([email protected]) or Dr. Dan DiBiasio ([email protected]).
Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of 58% first-generation students and 54% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.
We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
MSU Denver is committed to creating and fostering a work environment and culture of belonging; we are proud of the work our employee affinity groups contribute to our culture. For more information on our employee affinity groups please visit this link.
Applicants should send these four separate documents (each
in PDF format) to [email protected]:
• A detailed cover letter expressing your interest
in this position and addressing how you meet the
qualifications and expectations outlined in this profile;
• A current full resume or curriculum vitae that
includes relevant responsibilities and accomplishments;
• A diversity statement (1-2 pages) that provides
specific examples of how your educational and/or
professional experiences, background, or philosophy
demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity,
and how these prepare you to contribute to the
inclusive learning and working environment at MSU
Denver (a Hispanic-Serving Institution);
• A list of five professional references, including
names, titles, organizations, phone numbers, and
email addresses, noting your relationship with each
References will not be contacted until later in the search
process and only with the candidate’s permission. A full
background check (including identity, degree verification,
criminal records check, credit check, and sexual misconduct
check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate
can be offered this position.
Working for MSU Denver
Working for MSU Denver means making a difference. Every day we are inspired by the students we serve– many of whom are low-income or first-generation– and the impact they will make on the future of Colorado. Regardless of role, our employees lead with a collaborative approach to ensure all of our students succeed.
MSU Denver is committed to our employees. Below you can find more information about our school, comprehensive benefits packages, and what MSU Denver can offer you as an employer.
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The Clery Report
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act Metropolitan State University of Denver is committed to the safety of its students and employees. Every year AHEC and the Auraria Campus Police compile an annual security report detailing statistics about campus crime, as well as information on crime reporting, victim support services, and MSU Denver judicial policies and procedures. In compliance with the Clery Act, this report is published on the MSU Denver Campus Safety & Emergency Communications website at: msudenver.edu/annual-security-report
Equal Employment Opportunity
Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.
Do you have questions concerning the online application system or the search process?
Call Human Resources at 303-615-0999 or:Email us
Nathalie Munoz – recruiter
Supporting Faculty Searches, Provost Office, University Advancement, Athletics, Legal, University Marketing and Communications, Strategy, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Katie Lynch – recruiter
Supporting Student Affairs (Classroom to Career Initiatives, Student Engagement and Wellness, Enrollment Management, VP Student Services) and the Administrative Branch (IT Services, Human Resources, Facilities, Bursar, VP Admin and Finance).