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Division of Human Resources

Students on the Horseshoe

Position Overview

The Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is the chief academic officer of the university and second-ranking official, acting for President Caslen in his absence. The Provost oversees 16 schools and colleges on the UofSC Columbia campus and is charged with the overall leadership of academic affairs of the university, including curriculum development, program assessment, establishment of academic standards in the schools and colleges, and university accreditation. 

  • Leads the formulation and implementation of system-wide academic affairs policy relating to faculty hiring, retention, tenure, promotion, and development.  Provides advice on important academic policy relating to faculty.
  • Ensures that the institution provides qualified faculty and appropriate academic support services that carry out the mission of the University.
  • Oversees the strategic academic policies and priorities for the University. Oversees South Carolina’s graduate and undergraduate academic programs as well as curriculum development, program assessment and University accreditation.
  • Oversees the budgetary resources for all UofSC Columbia academic units and academic support areas and manages the strategic planning processes for those units. Plans, develops and manages an effective budget for the academic divisions.
  • Provides advice on broader University budgetary issues to the President and various stakeholders.
  • Supports the advancement of the University’s competitive research globally through promoting and enabling research innovation and excellence for faculty.
  • Collaborates with Palmetto College to ensure quality online learning, general education and completion of bachelor’s degrees through convenient and accessible programs both at the Palmetto College campuses and online.
  • Leads the USC Press, the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analytics, the Office of Academic Programs and Global Carolina.
  • Fosters communication and collaboration on academic matters among the faculty and South Carolina campuses including awareness of trends in higher education.
  • Serves as a local, regional and national spokesperson on behalf of the University in support of higher education and research.

Nominations and application materials should be submitted electronically by the target date of December 31, 2019 to: UofSCProvost@agbsearch.com

Application materials must be submitted electronically and should include:

  1. a letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with the UofSC’s qualifications and priorities as identified in the Leadership Profile;
  2. a curriculum vitae (please also list your personal email address and cell phone number); and,
  3. the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.

No references will be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate. All candidate names will remain confidential until campus finalists are announced.

Assisting the UofSC Search Committee will be Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, Dr. Sally K. Mason, Dr. Garry W. Owens, and Ms. Kimberly S. Templeton.  Prospective nominators or potential candidates are encouraged to contact the consultants directly by email prior to submitting materials:

Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D., Managing Principal, rod.mcdavis@agbsearch.com

Sally K. Mason, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, sally.mason@agbsearch.com

Garry W. Owens, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, garry.owens@agbsearch.com

Kimberly S. Templeton, J.D., Principal, kimberly.templeton@agbsearch.com

Dates                                    Events

September 4, 2019          Search Committee Meeting

September 11, 2019       Search Committee Meeting

October 2, 2019                Search Committee Meeting

October 9, 2019                Search Committee Meeting

November 6, 2019           Search Committee Meeting

November 13, 2019         Subcommittee for Reference Calls Meeting

November 20, 2019         Subcommittee for Candidate
                                                  Assessment Meeting

December 11, 2019         Search Committee Meeting

December 31, 2019         Target date for applications

 January 2, 2020                Subcommittee for Questions for Preliminary
                                                  Interviews Meeting

January 7, 2020                Search Committee Meeting

January 29-30, 2020      Preliminary Interviews

The following dates are tentative and subject to change. 

Dates                                    Events 

February 10-21, 2020    On campus interviews

March 4, 2020                   Search Committee Meeting

Late March 2020             President Caslen makes final decision
                                                regarding EVPAA and Provost

Summer 2020                  EVPAA and Provost begins work at the
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