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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacque Fetrow was recently named the 15th President of Albright College, her alma mater. She will assume her position on June 1, 2017. During her tenure at the University, Provost Fetrow has had a remarkably positive impact on our academic programs and administration, and has helped focus the University’s current strategic planning efforts on academic excellence.

Provost Fetrow’s departure from the University has occasioned the commencement of a national search for our next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position reports to the President of the University and works closely with a strong senior team to provide leadership across the University. The Provost is responsible for a broad and dynamic array of academic offerings, including oversight of the five schools of the University: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the Robins School of Business, the School of Law, and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The Provost also oversees the Registrar’s Office; the Office of International Education; the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement; the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology; the University Library; and the Academic Advising and First-Year Seminar programs.

The Provost is directly responsible for curriculum and academic excellence, instructional and research programs, and faculty development. The Provost works closely with the faculty and faculty governance bodies, including the Faculty Senate, ensuring appropriate collaboration on key institutional decisions. The Provost also plays a vital role in the University’s budget process and allocation of resources to support the academic mission.

Richmond’s new Provost will arrive at a moment of great institutional momentum and possibility, reflected by strong leadership; a secure financial position; sustained investment in faculty, facilities, academic programs and the student experience; and an ambitious Strategic Plan under development to chart the University’s future over the next five years.

Updates

March 22, 2017

Dear Members of the University of Richmond Community,

We write to share an update on the search for the University’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. We are pleased to report that this leadership opportunity has garnered a strong pool of candidates. The search committee has met many times since November and will soon welcome four finalists to campus for conversations with our campus community. During these visits, representative members of the community — relevant administrators and staff, members of the Faculty Senate, student leaders — will be involved in small-group conversations with each finalist. An open forum for each candidate will be held on campus during their respective visits and we welcome your participation in the fora. The dates and times for each open forum are as follows:

Candidate #1
Thursday, March 30, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Jepson Hall Room #118

Candidate #2
Monday, April 3, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Keller Hall Reception Room #101

Candidate #3
Wednesday, April 5, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall

Candidate #4
Monday, April 10, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Keller Hall Reception Room #101

Each candidate’s name and CV will be posted on a secure password-protected page within 24 hours of each forum, and can be accessed using your University login and password. This webpage will also provide a mechanism by which to share your thoughts on each of the candidates. Please note that we ask that you submit your thoughts via the webpage no later than April 11.

During the open fora, the candidates will be invited to provide a brief opening statement with the remainder of the hour devoted to discussion, with the candidate responding to questions from community members. These open fora are a valuable opportunity for the candidates to learn about the University and hear from our community — and for our community to help identify and recruit our next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

We ask for your cooperation in keeping the identities of these candidates confidential within the boundaries of our campus community. Anyone who has contacts at the candidates’ institutions whom they wish to contact should instead direct their suggestions or comments to Dave Hale and Michelle Hamm and we will ensure that the University’s reference process is managed in a careful, thorough manner.

Thank you very much for your assistance in this important process and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

David Hale
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee
Vice President for Business and Finance, Treasurer

Michelle Hamm
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee
Professor of Chemistry

December 16, 2016

Dear Members of the University of Richmond Community,

As the co-chairs of the Provost Search Committee, we are writing to share with you an update on our progress. While the deliberations of the committee are confidential, we want to communicate with you as openly as possible throughout this process about the steps we are taking and how our work is progressing. We also want to solicit your input into the process by requesting your feedback.

First, the committee has been working over the last few weeks developing the position profile for the search. The profile is now complete. This document will guide the search committee’s efforts in the coming months as we seek the best possible individual to serve as the next Provost of University of Richmond. It will also aid our search firm in their efforts to recruit outstanding potential candidates who closely match our desired qualifications. We are grateful to the many faculty, staff, students, and administrators who have helped to inform the development of this profile.

Second, the search committee welcomes your input and feedback about the priorities for our next Provost. We have developed a brief survey that is open to all members of the campus community; your answers will be seen only by the members of the search committee. There is a great deal of work ahead of us still, and we are eager to hear your thoughts.

Finally, if you would like to nominate a potential candidate for this position, please send a message directly to our search consultants via the following address: RichmondProvost@storbecksearch.com.

We are excited to be getting started with this search, and look forward to updating you again in the new year.

Sincerely,

David Hale
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee
Vice President for Business and Finance, Treasurer

Michelle Hamm
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee
Professor of Chemistry

November 16, 2016

Dear Members of the University Community,

I write to let you know that we are launching the search for the University’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and to invite you to two open meetings to discuss the qualities we should be seeking in our next Provost.

I have asked Michelle Hamm, Professor of Chemistry, and Dave Hale, Vice President for Business and Finance, to serve as co-chairs for this important search. The members of the search committee may be found on this website. As you will see, the committee includes representation from faculty of all five schools, as well as key administrative areas that work with the Office of the Provost, the student body, and the Board of Trustees. I appreciate the time that our colleagues will devote to this search, and I am grateful to the Faculty Senate and to USAC for providing nominations.

We have engaged Storbeck/Pimentel to assist us with this search. As many of you know, Storbeck/Pimentel has helped us with many successful recent searches, including the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and Dean of International Education. Storbeck/Pimentel has helped us recruit excellent colleagues, and through these searches they have come to know our academic environment and priorities well. The search consultants will be on campus November 28 and November 29 to meet with the search committee and others to discuss the qualities we will seek in our next Provost. I hope you will participate in those conversations by attending one of the two open meetings:

  • Faculty Open Forum – Monday, Nov. 28 from 3–4 p.m. in the Alice Haynes Room (Tyler Haynes Commons)
  • Open Forum for all University community members – Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 2:30–3:30 p.m. in Jepson Hall Room 118

This is an important search for the University, and an exciting time to join our community as we focus our strategic planning efforts on the academic enterprise. I am confident that we will attract outstanding candidates who are eager to build on our foundation of academic excellence and the strong momentum of recent years under Provost Jacque Fetrow’s leadership. Thank you in advance for your contributions to this important search.

Sincerely,

Ronald A. Crutcher
President

Search Profile

Search Survey

All members of the campus community are invited to provide input and feedback about the priorities for our next Provost.

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