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Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership

As Chief Academic Officer, the Provost devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, and advancement of scholarship and pedagogy. In the context of this overarching responsibility, the new Provost will be greeted by opportunities to build USD in numerous areas, as described in the Envisioning 2024 Strategic Plan. The Provost will also have an array of fiscal duties. He or she will be responsible for the allocation of resources across the units, working with the Deans to manage evolving priorities and shift resources accordingly.

We expect that the new Provost will excel in a number of leadership areas, including:

  • Leadership and vision: USD has a strong sense of aspiration and optimism, and the new Provost will have the opportunity to build on the great potential inherent in its people and programs. The Provost will focus on integration and implementation of the specific directions outlined in the new Envisioning 2024 Strategic Plan, engage the University community in promoting the vision and planning processes, and allocate the resources needed to achieve success.

  • Building stature and recognition: USD is currently ranked 86th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report, with only a few Catholic institutions in the West ranked more highly; the University strives to continue to be recognized as a top-tier national university known for its focus on educating the whole student. Based on experience working with graduate and professional programs, the Provost will lead this effort. Additionally, USD offers competitively ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in Business, Engineering, Law, and Nursing, and one of the nation’s highest-ranked MFA programs in acting.

  • Fundraising and “friend-raising”: Building private philanthropic support is a very high priority for the University. The Provost is involved in seeking support for projects that cut across the schools and academic programs and also works to support the Deans and other Vice Presidents in seeking funds for projects in their areas. The Provost is also an active friend-raiser, helping to build strong relationships with alumni and other potential donors.

  • Supporting professional growth: USD seeks to provide growth opportunities for faculty and staff, as well as for students. The Provost will take the lead in developing programs of leadership development at all levels, including for department and program chairs. While sustaining commitment to advancing the teacher-scholar model, the Provost will provide the increased support necessary for the continued expansion in creative activity, scholarship and sponsored research that has been achieved at USD in recent years, and to make it possible for faculty with a wide range of interests to thrive as teachers and scholars and in their service to the USD community.

  • Enrollment: USD’s student enrollment has reached its physical capacity, especially at the undergraduate level. The Provost will be a key decision-maker regarding whether USD should expand capacity and build additional facilities to provide for increased undergraduate enrollment. The Provost will be involved in assessments that consider how such growth would affect academic quality, student demographics and diversity and financial issues, such as the discount rate and the allocation of scholarships. USD's graduate programs and schools also confront varying issues of size, capacity, and financing. USD’s Enrollment Management unit, which consists of the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, One Stop Student Center, and Registrar, reports to the Provost.
  • Technology: Working with the Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer, the Provost approves the major purchases of hardware and software that support the information technology of the University. 

Contact Information

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San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4600

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