St. Bonaventure University is a Catholic university dedicated to educational excellence as informed by their Franciscan and liberal arts traditions.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

St. Bonaventure University ( is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Reporting to the President, the Provost/VPAA will be the Chief Academic Officer for the University and is responsible for academic program development and evaluation, resource allocation, faculty evaluation, and coordination of the overall academic activities of the faculty and student body.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides executive leadership in academic affairs, maintaining the University’s high academic standards.
  • Serves on the President’s Cabinet, participating in overall planning and direction of institutional affairs.
  • Proactively leads the academic division of the University focusing on enrollment growth, faculty development and student success.
  • Oversees the faculty hiring process and professional development.
  • Supervises, directly or indirectly, all academic schools, Technology Services, the University Library, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, the Franciscan Institute, the Records Office, and the Student Success Center.
  • Coordinates operations of the Office of Provost and VPAA and other administrative offices.
  • Serves as the liaison and ex officio member on the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee.
  • Provides input and/or recommendations on the results to be achieved; has broad latitude to set goals and determine how to accomplish results.
  • Is accountable for financial decisions that impact the School/College or VP area and contributes to financial decisions that impact the institution. Participates broadly in the overall budgeting process.
  • Supervises other academic supervisors. Has responsibility for employment decisions for direct reports and oversight for indirect reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Meet the St. Bonaventure University criteria for a tenured faculty position.
  • Embrace and articulate the role of a Catholic Franciscan mission in higher education as well as the core values of the University.
  • Ability to advance the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University.
  • Experience in administration and teaching at the university level, including supervisory experience required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of university administration.
  • Experience with academic and institutional accreditation processes.
  • A proven track record in strategic planning and academic development and assessment.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in fundraising and grant writing for the institution.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of budgeting in an academic environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state legislation on employment practices.
  • A commitment to shared governance.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, faculty, and the public; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and organize and direct major work operations and work under pressure of deadlines.

Founded in 1858 in the interest of promoting Catholic-Franciscan education, St. Bonaventure is a Catholic university dedicated to educational excellence as informed by their Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. In the words of their patron, they believe that there should be “no knowledge without love,” and thus seek to transform the lives of their students, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. St. Bonaventure embraces students, faculty and staff of all faiths and cultures and strives to bring out the best in every individual through meaningful relationships. As an academic and spiritual community, they endeavor to prepare their students for the challenges they will face in their professional careers and personal lives. The University is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP), located in the town of Allegany in Cattaraugus County, New York.  St. Bonaventure has 1,839 undergraduate and 701 graduate students, more than 50 undergraduate majors and programs including 9 combined-degree programs and early assurance programs. They also offer nearly 20 graduate programs, 13 of which are available 100% online.

St. Bonaventure University is being assisted by the search firm of Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search Plus. Nominations and application materials should be submitted to Cheryl Hyatt at Applications will include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted by July 7, 2023, to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.  St. Bonaventure University provides equal opportunity in its admissions, employment, and all educational programs and activities without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected category.

Interested in this position?

Cheryl Hyatt


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