Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

The Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (Provost/EVC) reports directly to the Chancellor and is the chief academic, budget and operating officer of the UC Davis campus. The Provost/EVC acts for the Chancellor in the Chancellor’s absence and is the Chancellor’s principal liaison to the Academic Senate, which represents the faculty in the University of California’s system of shared governance.

The Provost/EVC, in close collaboration with the Chancellor and in close consultation with the Academic Senate, has responsibility for ensuring the academic preeminence of UC Davis by guiding academic planning efforts, promoting campuswide academic initiatives, recruiting and retaining a diverse and outstanding faculty, allocating resources among the deans, and formulating academic policies. The Provost/EVC closely collaborates with the Chancellor in strategic planning and providing oversight to progress made across the campus. In addition, the Provost/EVC shares with the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration a major leadership role in managing the daily operations of the campus; defining resource allocation and development priorities and strategies, and implementing the campuswide budget process. The Provost/EVC, in close collaboration with the Chancellor and vice chancellors has a major leadership role in the conception, design and implementation of major campus initiatives in support of UC Davis’ mission.

The Provost/EVC provides executive level academic and administrative leadership:

●︎ Academic planning, programs and policies — The Provost/EVC guides campuswide academic planning; leads the development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of academic programs and supporting infrastructure, including facilities and information technology. School and college deans report to the Provost/EVC.

●︎ Academic personnel administration — The Provost/EVC leads planning processes for faculty recruitment, retention and renewal; oversees faculty appointment, development, complaint resolution, tenure, and promotion processes.

●︎ Academic support and outreach programs — The Provost/EVC is responsible for campuswide integration of international academic programs, and academic support programs for graduate and undergraduate students, and the Division of Continuing and Professional Education.

●︎ Campus administrative operations and budgeting — The Provost/EVC shares with the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor—Finance, Administration and Operations the overall coordination of campus administration including: resource management, planning and policy development for capital and operating budget resources; resource allocation; facilities operations and physical planning including the Long Range Development Plan; information technology; and libraries.

●︎ UC Davis Health — The Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and the Provost/EVC together serve as the governing body of UC Davis Health, which encompasses the UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and UC Davis Medical Group.

The successful candidate will have national or international distinction as a scholar, researcher and educator with a scholarly and teaching record appropriate for a position as full professor in the University of California; proven record of achievement in building, enhancing and sustaining excellent academic programs; profound understanding of the academic, organizational and financial issues facing a very complex, major research university; commitment and demonstrated ability to attract, motivate and retain a diverse and outstanding faculty, staff and student body; respect for and demonstrated experience in working in a shared governance environment: demonstrated experience working in successful collaboration with a divisional or university body equivalent to the University of California Academic Senate; demonstrated ability to lead complex resource allocation processes and achieve academic and administrative priorities through appropriate resource allocation; proven commitment to and ability to articulate the University of California’s goals of academic excellence in teaching, research and outreach; excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to listen to a variety of constituent groups, synthesize input, make decisions and share information broadly to build consensus and support for action; and ability and experience in leading broad intellectual activities from medicine to arts and humanities.

The recruitment advisory committee is chaired by Kristin Lagattuta, professor, Department of Psychology and Center for Mind and Brain, and chair of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate; and Michael Lairmore, dean, School of Veterinary Medicine. The committee also includes other academic administrators and faculty members; the Vice Chancellor of Finance Operations and Administration; the chair-elect of Staff Assembly; and the presidents of the ASUCD and Graduate Student Association. The complete roster is available as a PDF in the documents section, below.

The national search firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.