Provost Search

The University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the nation, and with an unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.

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Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As one of the nation’s top 25 public universities, UConn is actively engaged in promoting entrepreneurship and commercial ventures as part of its mission. Here to drive the future of innovation, enterprising students, faculty, and businesses alike can tap into a variety of resources to help their ideas come to fruition.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

UConn seeks a Provost with a bold vision and high energy and a commitment to excellence and innovation in academe. The successful candidate must have a record of outstanding scholarship, which would allow the candidate to have both full professor rank and tenure in one of UConn's academic departments. A Ph.D. or its equivalent is required.

Specific desired qualifications and experience include the following:

  • A record of achievement as a transformative leader.
  • A strong administrative record at a relevant institution that demonstrates strong collaborative academic management experience, sound judgment, and excellent analytical skills.
  • Exceptional management skills that promote effective leadership of a complex organization and relevant budgetary experience.
  • The ability to passionately and inclusively articulate UConn’s broad-based goals to a variety of audiences. Outstanding listening and interpersonal skills, and an ability to inspire, energize, and engage faculty, staff, and students.
  • A strong understanding of the needs of a comprehensive research university and ability to advocate for the public service mission as defined by a land and sea grant institution.
  • A track record of increasing diversity and inclusive practices.

Leadership Capabilities:

Visionary Leadership: A vision for higher education that is responsive to the mandate to train the next generation of ethical global leaders.

Innovative Approach: A strong sense of entrepreneurship, innovation, and vision that will help guide the University in determining creative areas of focus for its academic plan. This person should also bring insightful perspective on new advances in pedagogy and student learning.

Collaborative Leadership Skills: A record of transparent decision-making that fosters shared governance. Commitment to the importance of consultation and integrity in the handling of all academic matters is also important as well as the ability to effectively partner with a talented group of deans and other campus leaders.

Commitment to Diversity: Evident commitment to implementing successful programs to promote inclusion and increase diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

Effective Decision-Making Abilities: The ability and courage to make difficult but informed decisions and set priorities.

Search Committee

Sandy Chafouleas (Chair)

Neag School of Education
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Psychology; Co‐Director, UConn Collaborator on School and Child Health (CSCH)

Jason Vokoun

College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources
Professor & Department HeadDepartment of Natural Resources & the Environment

Cuihong Li

School of Business
Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management at the School of Business

Pamir Alpay

School of Engineering
Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships / GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing; Executive Director, UConn IPB/Tech Park

Michael Bradford

School of Fine Arts
Head of Dramatic Arts/Artistic Director, Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Willajeanne McLean

UConn Law School
Distinguished Professor of Law

Marie Coppola

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Psychology (CLAS)

Cheryl Beck

School of Nursing
Joint Appointment in School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Robin Bogner

School of Pharmacy
Professor of Pharmaceutics, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kathryn Libal

School of Social Work
Associate Professor and Director, UConn Human Rights Institute

Rajesh Lalla

School of Dental Medicine
Professor, Associate Dean for Research; School of Dental Medicine

Howard Tennen

School of Medicine
Professor of Community Medicine and Health Care

Anne D’Alleva

School of Fine Arts
Dean, School of Fine Arts

Jeremy Teitelbaum
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor of Mathematics; former CLAS dean and former interim Provost

Maria Martinez

Assistant Vice Provost Institute for Student Success

Scott Jordan

Executive Vice President for Administration & Chief Financial Officer

Nathan Fuerst

Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management

Stephany Santos

Graduate Student
Current PhD student, graduated with a B.S in Biomedical Engineering from UConn

Walter Dodson

Undergraduate Student
Chief of Staff to the President –Undergraduate Student Government

Michael Kirk

Assistant Vice President for University Relations / Senior Advisor to the President

Jen Burckardt

Staff Assistant

Learning Communities 11th Annual Kickoff

UConn’s Learning Communities have garnered national attention for their unique approach to supporting students. As part of our 30 Learning Communities, 19 of which are residential, students can select to live and learn in major- or interest-based communities.