The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) seeks a visionary leader with a proven commitment to academic excellence and shared governance to serve as its next Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Provost serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University and works collaboratively with the President, Vice Presidents and Deans to further the academic mission of the institution.

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Part of the University of Houston System (UHS), UHCL is nestled on a 524-acre wildlife and nature preserve near the NASA Johnson Space Center. UHCL is a Hispanic Serving Institution offering more than 90 degree programs across four colleges. The University expanded from an upper-level and graduate institution into a full, four-year university in 2014, welcoming freshmen and sophomores to campus.

The University of Houston System is the region’s largest provider of comprehensive university services, from the baccalaureate to the doctorate, and serves more than 72,000 students. It has an annual budget that exceeds $1.7 billion, and produces a $6 billion-plus economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year. The UH System’s research and scholarship are globally significant, nationally competitive, and serve as an engine for economic development, while its public service activities enhance the quality of life in the region.

Serving as the institution’s Chief Academic Officer, the Provost will play a central role in enhancing academic excellence and aligning priorities with the University’s strategic plan. The Provost serves as a member of the senior leadership team. S/he will work closely with the President, other executive officers, and faculty in formulating the University’s academic goals and policies. As Chief Academic Officer, the Provost is responsible for the articulation of the University’s vision of academic distinction; the development and administration of academic programs; policies relating to instruction, curriculum, and distance learning; faculty and academic staff appointments and performance assessments; and scholarship and community service initiatives among faculty. Other major responsibilities include:

  • Working with the President in friend and fund raising, alumni relations, community relations, industry relations/partnerships, etc.
  • Supporting research, scholarly and creative activities of faculty and students.
  • Leading College Deans in promoting academic excellence through degree programs, student success, and faculty teaching, research, and service.
  • Promoting inclusion and transparency.
  • Strategic planning, administration, and fiscal management.
  • Leading and fortifying an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization.
  • Nurturing relationships and entrepreneurship, including developing partnerships and fostering positive relations with donors, foundations, granting agencies, University alumni, and legislative representatives at local, state, national, and/or international levels.
  • Administering the tenure and promotion processes.
  • Coordinating and leading student success initiatives and accreditation-based assessments designed to improve student retention and graduation rates.
  • Focusing on advancing international education through the Office of Global Learning and Strategy (GLS).
  • Supporting Information Technology in the ongoing development and implementation of information systems across the university.

Direct reports include college deans, Academic Affairs/SACS Liaison Associate Vice President, Chief Business Administrator, Information Technology/Chief Information Officer Senior Associate Vice President, Global Learning and Strategy/Senior International Officer Associate Vice President, Environmental Institute of Houston Executive Director, Institute for Human and Planetary Sustainability Executive Director, and Health and Human Performance Institute Executive Director.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for the promotion of excellence; an academic leader with a track record of effective academic and administrative experiences; and a visionary and strategic thinker who can demonstrate collaboration and administrative accomplishment.

Required is an earned doctorate from an accredited institution; a minimum of ten years of higher education experience; experience at the Dean level or higher; and a record of excellence in teaching and scholarship commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the academic departments at UHCL.

The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and should be submitted to Scott Watson, Michael Ballew, Florene Stawowy or Mike “JR” Wheless (or simply Anthem) at:

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Senior Vice President and Provost is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials ASAP, to assure optimal consideration. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

UHCL is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to employees, applicants for employment, and service providers without regard to age, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam War Era Veteran.