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  • Position Number: 3920349
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Position Type: Academic Vice Presidents and Provosts

University of Portland


University of Portland (UP), a thriving and diverse community of more than 3,300 undergraduate students and approximately 400 graduate students from around the nation and the world, is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and strategic Provost to join a leadership team that is reimagining the University for a new age of Hope, Renewal, and Transformation. This premier Catholic and Holy Cross University is located up on a bluff in a residential neighborhood overlooking the Willamette River and the city of Portland. The University's location is the inspiration for its nickname, "The Bluff." The beautiful campus is situated near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, home to some of the most skilled mariners in the world. UP's athletic teams are known as the "Pilots," as an homage to the expert riverboat pilots who guide ships around Portland's waterways and into the Pacific Ocean.

Since shortly after its inception in 1901, UP has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a Catholic order of priests and brothers. The founder of the order, Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, said, "The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart." This commitment to educating the hands, heart, and mind are hallmarks of the University's belief in educating the whole person.

UP is Oregon's only comprehensive, liberal arts-grounded university with schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing; a College of Arts & Sciences; and a graduate school. It is also the state's only Catholic university and largest private undergraduate institution. It offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and 30 minors, as well as 18 graduate programs and more than 1,300 courses. The University features small class settings (11:1 student-faculty ratio) and an award-winning faculty committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

In accord with its Holy Cross identity, UP places a strong emphasis on the undergraduate campus and residential experience. The University is a proud member of the West Coast Conference (WCC) and its varsity athletics programs compete at the NCAA Division I level. Nearly 40,000 University alumni reside in the Portland metropolitan area and along the West Coast, but also throughout the country and around the world.

Under the guidance of its 21st President Robert D. Kelly, Ph.D., UP is now engaged in the process of searching for a new Provost. Reporting to the President and serving as the University's chief academic officer, the Provost partners closely with academic and administrative leaders to ensure that all schools and programs are achieving their teaching, research, and service missions, and to elevate the already sterling academic profile of the University. The Provost ensures UP continues to earn excellent accreditation reviews and provides clear assessment of learning outcomes. They are responsible for leading major institutional initiatives that inform strategic direction setting and resource allocation. As a member of the President's Leadership Cabinet, the Provost works in close partnership with the President, Cabinet colleagues, and the Board of Regents to define and pursue the University's vision for its future. The Provost is both a highly visible and active member of the University community and an advocate for the University among its many external constituencies.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, visionary academic leader with a proven capacity to provide thoughtful, inclusive leadership, as well as the energy and enthusiasm to help the University achieve critical goals. The new Provost will contribute to institutional strategy and possess the ability to translate expertise into actionable, sustainable, and impactful programs. They will be a collaborative, generous, and humble colleague who can create alignment and influence by means of vision, credibility, and trust. The new leader will embrace UP's Catholic, Holy Cross identity and its mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership. As a highly visible leader on campus, the Provost will embrace the representational expectations incumbent upon senior leaders. The Provost will provide wise, proactive, and strategic counsel to the President and the President's Leadership Cabinet. This leader will embrace both the opportunities and challenges of leading and serving an enrollment-focused Catholic institution and will collaborate with the President, Cabinet colleagues, and the Board of Regents to develop a vision for ensuring UP's long-term, sustainable success.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at Professional references are not requested at this time.

WittKieffer is assisting University of Portland in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal:

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Amy Crutchfield, Melody Rose, Ph.D. and Meredith Davis, Ph.D.

University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The University expressly reserves its rights and obligations to maintain its commitment to its Catholic identity and the doctrines of the Catholic Church.

At University of Portland, a Catholic University guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, all dimensions of our communal life—teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership—are informed and transformed by prayer, scripture, and the Christian tradition. Our belief in the inherent dignity of each person is founded upon the social teaching of the Catholic Church. At the center of that teaching is the fundamental mandate that every person, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social or economic class, age, or disability shall be treated with respect and dignity.

Moreover, we seek to create and sustain an inclusive environment where all people are welcomed as children of God and valued as full members of our community. We condemn harassment of every kind, and assert that no one in our community should be subject to physical or verbal harassment or abuse. Further, no one shall be denied access to programs, services, and activities for any unlawful reason. We provide all who live, learn, and work at the University the opportunity to actively participate in a vibrant, diverse, intellectual community that offers a broad range of ideas and perspectives, so that we may all learn from one another.

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