The University of Wyoming invites nominations and applications for a strategic and visionary leader to serve as its next Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs (Provost).  The university, state and region seek a dynamic, strategic and visionary leader who will inspire academic excellence, innovative ideas and play an instrumental role in leading Wyoming’s university.  Working closely with the newly appointed President Edward Seidel, a leader in interdisciplinary research and education, computing and big data as well as economic development, the successful candidate will join a leadership team poised at a unique moment in time to vision and execute a best of class 21st century land-grant University with the goals and aspirations to rise to ever-greater distinction in designated pillars of excellence.


The University of Wyoming is committed to supporting the state’s pursuit of excellence.  Our ability to foster an environment of academic excellence, equity, inclusivity and diversity for all who join the UW family will determine our collective success.  We eagerly accept this challenge with a true Western spirit of determination. Established as a land-grant institution in 1886, UW has since grown to nearly 200 areas of study, drawing 12,500+ students from all 50 states and 90 countries. UW is the state’s only four-year university and is a nationally recognized teaching and research university. UW is known for its accomplished faculty and world-class facilities, its small student/faculty ratio, and quality undergraduate and graduate programs within its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Business, Education, Engineering & Applied Science, Health Sciences, Law, School of Energy Resources, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and The Honors College. 

The University also maintains the University of Wyoming – Casper, ten outreach education centers across Wyoming, and agricultural extension offices scattered throughout the state's 23 counties and on the Wind River Indian Reservation. UW has strong working relationships with Wyoming's seven community colleges and economic development groups in key areas of the state, as well as the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. It is a Carnegie doctoral/research university with high research activity, attracting over $80 million in contracts and grants last year, with aspirations to grow significantly its research portfolio. UW plays a key role in the state's economy, and its research attracts national and international attention.

The State of Wyoming invests strongly in higher education, providing the highest amount of state support per student in the nation. Consequently, UW has the lowest undergraduate tuition among the nation's public doctoral universities. The University also benefits from a $500 million endowed student scholarship program, a robust capital construction budget, an active and successful foundation with an endowment of over $600M, a publicly and privately supported endowed faculty program, and state funding for UW's several areas of academic excellence.

The University community is working collaboratively to help the University reinforce and strengthen its reputation as it adapts to changing economic factors in the state and beyond. The University’s strategic roadmap, “Breaking Through 2017-2022: A Strategic Plan for the University of Wyoming,” will be leveraged under the new leadership of the President and Provost. The President is committed to strengthening the “four pillars” of being more digital, more entrepreneurial, more interdisciplinary and more diverse to maximize its impact on the state as a best-in-class 21st Century land-grant university.  It is an exciting time to be a part of UW as it embarks on new and exciting opportunities. To learn more:


Laramie, Wyoming is situated in a beautiful region of the country with mountains in all directions.  Skiing, hiking climbing, fishing, hunting, and camping and more are available within 30 minutes. A town of more than 31,000 with a unique blend of sophistication and western hospitality not only provides an environment for success but also offers varied academic and lifestyle opportunities. Laramie is a great place to live and work as it boasts low cost of living, no state income tax as well as incredible outdoor recreational opportunities, an eclectic downtown area, and a great public school system.


The University of Wyoming’s status as the state’s flagship and land-grant University depends on the robust exchange of ideas.  As we enhance the breadth and depth of our viewpoints, we are better able to fulfill our mission to provide accessible and affordable higher education of the highest quality; rigorous scholarship; the communication and application of knowledge; economic and community development; and responsible stewardship of our cultural, historical and natural resources.  We are committed to recruiting and retaining a top tier individual who can build a career and build a life in our community while helping transform and lead Wyoming’s university.  As the principal administrative officer for academic affairs, the Provost and Senior Vice President supervises the academic colleges and schools; academic personnel; academic centers and institutes; the Art Museum; the University of Wyoming at Casper; enrollment management; international programs; the University Libraries; and undergraduate and graduate education.

The Provost shall initiate, organize, or direct such actions as are necessary and appropriate to assure that academic program needs and standards are established and implemented by appropriate units and officers of the University, including accreditation.

The Provost will consult with and advise the President on the recommendations of the heads of the various academic units concerning organization, development of programs, appointment of academic personnel, promotions, leaves of absence, salaries.

The Provost will serve as a strong leader and change agent who can motivate diverse stakeholders across the institution in achieving its academic objectives. This position will provide leadership and coordination in building holistic and academic services, policies, and protocols that are consistent with the goals, mission, and resources of the University.

The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited institution, as well as a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and strategic administrative leadership in higher education as well as a thorough knowledge of academic administration and the programs of a large complex university.

Additionally, the Provost and Senior Vice President should possess the following qualities:

  • Qualifications necessary for appointment at a faculty rank in one of the University’s academic departments;
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of the land-grant mission of the institution;
  • An ability to build a shared vision that promotes academic excellence through inspirational leadership and exceptional management skills;
  • An ability to cultivate a community of learning energized by collaborative work among students, faculty, staff and external partners;
  • An understanding of current and emerging issues in higher education;
  • An appreciation of, and commitment to, shared governance, including open and transparent communication;
  • Experience in working collegially with diverse internal and external constituencies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to nurture an environment that values and manifests diversity, equity, internationalization, free expression, academic freedom, personal integrity, mutual respect and inclusive excellence at all levels;
  • A demonstrated commitment to student success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, graduating students who have experienced the frontiers of scholarship and creative activity and who are prepared for the complexities of an interdependent world;
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills;
  • A commitment to participating in an active culture of raising financial support for the University of Wyoming, through private support, public and corporate partnerships, and solicitation of research and grant dollars.


The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to November 15, 2020.


Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
5 Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
770-804-1996 ext. 109 or 117|

UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email

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