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The State University of New York (SUNY) and the SUNY Potsdam College Council invite inquiries, applications and nominations for the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Potsdam. The provost will be expected to assume office in January 2016 or as soon thereafter as feasible.

Potsdam College of the State University of New York, better known as SUNY Potsdam, is a public institution located in Potsdam, New York. Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, the State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its commitment to students’ development and success, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher education, and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Offering an array of 101 undergraduate majors and minors, and 18 graduate majors, Potsdam offers an outstanding liberal arts experience.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs is the chief academic affairs officer of the college with responsibility for the development, growth, and quality of all academic programs and related support functions. The responsibilities of the provost include the articulation of an academic vision, leadership in academic strategic planning, the development and administration of academic budgets, and the advancement of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. The provost reports directly to the president.

The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree, a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with full professor status at Potsdam, and significant and progressive experience in academic administration. In addition to the required qualifications, a list of desired attributes can be found in the leadership profile, available at

The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Candidates for the position should submit a cover letter that specifically addresses how their experiences match the characteristics listed above and in the leadership profile; a current curriculum vitae; and names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least five references, none of whom will be contacted without the consent of the candidate. Screening will continue until a provost is chosen, but only applications received by August 31, 2015, can be assured full consideration. The position is available January 2016. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please contact Vice President and Senior Consultant Tom Fitch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Associate Consultant Michelle Sarver (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to schedule a confidential discussion.

SUNY Potsdam is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Potsdam is committed to finding a candidate that both reflects the diverse possibilities in the human experience and fostering leadership in celebrating a diverse community. The administration, faculty, staff and students embrace diversity and prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected class status. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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