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.
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