System Provost State University of New York


The State University of New York (SUNY) believes that higher education should be accessible to all citizens, independent of financial means and background; that it should help students find their purpose and discover how to contribute positively to a free and civil society. 

SUNY seeks an outstanding leader with vision and empathy to be its System Provost. The successful candidate will be the Chief Academic Officer of the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States, and responsible for driving academic excellence and innovation across the SUNY System. The successful candidate will join a team of world-class academics dedicated to realizing the Excelsior Scholarship goal of making education affordable and individually transformational. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced and dynamic individual to help lead a large, diverse system of higher education committed to preparing students to address the challenges of the nation and a global society in the twenty-first century.

The system, which includes AAU institutions, other major research institutions, academic medical centers, comprehensive colleges of arts and sciences, and technical colleges, as well as community colleges, attracts students from a diverse and changing demographic across the State of New York, the nation, and the world. With a campus within 30 miles of 95 percent of the almost 20 million residents of New York, SUNY is a vibrant part of the local communities and regional economies. With an all-funds annual budget in excess of $13 billion, SUNY's 64 campuses are a significant force in higher education nationally with an increasing global impact.

The System Provost serves as a key member of the Chancellor's Executive Leadership Team. The fundamental role of the Provost is to foster academic excellence across the System and ensure that SUNY education is accessible and of the highest quality. The Provost will be responsible for advancing academic programs and policies; fostering a culture of cooperation and continuous improvement across SUNY and within the System Administration; supporting the university's deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; leading strategic enrollment across SUNY campuses; guiding the enrichment of the educational experience; ensuring pathways for student success and completion; and leading the identification and implementation of best practices at scale.

Qualified candidates will possess an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree, along with the following experience and abilities:

In addition to a strong record of scholarly achievements, the successful candidate will be a dynamic, empathetic, and collaborative leader who serves as the primary voice and advocate for SUNY's academic enterprise within the state, national, and international higher-education community.

A search committee reflecting the larger SUNY community representing college and university presidents, campus administrators, students, faculty, and trustees will review applications, screen candidates, and make recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.


Application packets must include: Letter of interest and current curriculum vitae.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed through website at:

The first review of candidates will begin in December 2017 and first round interviews will commence thereafter.  

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

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