Provost and Executive Vice President
The University of Montana-Missoula (UM), a flagship public doctoral research institution, invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Executive Vice President (PEVP) from interested individuals with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We encourage applications from and nominations of women, Native Americans, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other individuals from underrepresented groups.
An institution with a long and rich history, UM is undergoing an exciting revitalization – while sustaining its significant strengths – to position the university as a flagship of the future. At the core of these efforts is the imperative to serve the evolving needs of our students, the state of Montana, and our broader global community. We are driven by a passion for our students’ success – in the classroom and in their careers and lives – a curiosity to conduct impactful research and creative scholarship, and a spirit of collaboration to work closely with partners across sectors to foster inclusive prosperity in our community. The search committee seeks applications from accomplished academic leaders with a compelling vision for UM’s future and a strong desire to partner with President Seth Bodnar and the campus community.
Location: Missoula, Montana
Mascot: Monte the Grizzly Bear
Sports: NCAA Division I Institution; 15 Intercollegiate Varsity Sports; 11 Club Sports; Intramural Sports and Tournaments
Located in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains, Missoula offers a stunning natural landscape where five valleys and three major rivers converge. Montana is defined by striking mountain ranges, countless rivers, friendly, authentic people and deep history. Founded in 1893 at the base of Mount Sentinel and featuring buildings characterized by a classic brick facade, the campus is often ranked among the most beautiful in the country. Our campus is located in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people, and the community is committed to the indigenous populations we serve. Today, we honor the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for generations to come.
University of Montana
A research intensive, associate through doctoral degree-granting institution, UM is committed to a mission of access and inclusive prosperity because we believe the greatest economic leveler is education; democracy and the future of the Republic rely on system thinkers who are broadly educated and specifically skilled; and diversity in thought, background, appearance and beliefs make Montana and the world stronger. Ranked sixth nationwide for research growth, UM’s research expenditures nearly doubled between 2014 and 2019 and continue to grow. In 2020, research expenditures totaled $100 million for the first time in the institution’s history and are expected to reach $125 million this fiscal year. This strong research program includes ample opportunities for undergraduate participation. Additionally, in 2020, experts identified UM as a Top 10 global university for solving the COVID-19 pandemic.
UM is deeply committed to student success, with a long tradition of teaching excellence and experiential learning. The University is ranked fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, currently has its highest graduate enrollment in history, and in the fall of 2021 welcomed the largest incoming freshman class in several years. Summer enrollment has grown by 40% in recent years, as has the percentage of out-of-state applicants, and UM’s student retention rate also continues to rise. Those students have access to a diverse and growing set of work-based and experiential learning opportunities, as part of a strong institutional commitment to creating the best possible set of post-graduate outcomes. UM is also investing substantially in the on-campus experience: the physical campus is undergoing a revitalization with over $100 million being spent to update a broad range of facilities.
UM is an essential part of Missoula: a culturally vibrant college town characterized by scenic beauty, a socially engaged community and a healthy economy. Our commitment to place-based, applied experiences ensures our students reap the benefits of a large flagship institution in a setting that feels intimate. This setting attracts talents and shapes the University of Montana community, where arts, culture and academics influence the great minds of tomorrow. With a deep focus on experiential learning, we believe some of the best classrooms are not classrooms. Here, experiential learning happens not only in the outdoors but also in community and social settings. UM also views itself as part of a global community, and thus actively recruits and enrolls students from all over the world, as well as provides a range of opportunities for students to study and learn abroad.
UM’s location provides a strong foundation for world-class programs focused on sustainability and the environment; these include access to a 21,000 acre experimental forest and an ecological research and education center on Flathead Lake. UM also excels in fields such as human health and biomedical sciences, business, law, education and journalism. As a major center for the arts and culture in Montana, UM has a long tradition of providing excellent educational opportunities for artists, performers and writers, as well as venues for their creative works. The Payne Family Native American Center highlights the University’s commitment to the Native American communities of Montana, the largest minority group in Montana and on campus, and houses our outstanding Native American Studies program. The University is further committed to meeting societal needs through strong programs in the humanities, sciences and professions. The Davidson Honors College serves as the symbol of UM’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. UM’s fully integrated two-year institution, Missoula College, offers workforce development as well as baccalaureate pathway programs.
The University of Montana transforms lives by providing a high-quality and accessible education and by generating world-class research and creative scholarship in an exceptional place. We integrate the liberal arts and sciences into undergraduate, graduate and professional studies to shape global citizens who are creative and agile learners committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge and to building and sustaining diverse communities.
The University of Montana will be a Flagship for the Future, fostering inclusive prosperity and democracy, and creating new knowledge and ways of learning.
UM is adapting in three ways to both preserve and evolve the vital importance of a UM education:
First, we are more intentionally fostering an education that builds in students lasting skills and abilities. As an institution that has long emphasized the ability of students to think, inquire, question, analyze and communicate, UM takes great pride in its history of cultivating the non-perishable, foundational skills and competencies vital for career and life success. This need for systems thinkers demands that we even more intentionally build in our students these tomorrow-proof abilities.
Second, we are working to ensure our students are career-ready. We couple the breadth of opportunity we can provide as a flagship university with the intensely personal ways we engage our students. UM’s recently launched ElevateU initiative, which is focused on ensuring every student has access to robust work-based and experiential learning opportunities and is equipped with the skills and credentials necessary for career success immediately following graduation, is an expression of this commitment.
Third, we are adapting to enable learning across a lifetime and for a broader range of learners. We acknowledge that societal and economic changes demand perpetual learning, a degree earned early in life has become insufficient – people do not episodically learn first, then work. UM is aggressively developing the institutional capabilities and flexible offerings to serve a much broader range of life-long learners.
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