Provost and Executive Vice President

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Syracuse, NY
United States

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The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) of the State University of New York (SUNY) invites applications for the position of Provost/Executive Vice President (EVP). Founded in 1911, SUNY ESF is the nation's oldest and most respected institution dedicated solely to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future. The College seeks a uniquely qualified academic leader for one of the nation's top doctoral-granting institutions. At its academic campuses in Syracuse and Wanakena and its regional campuses and field stations on 25,000 acres around the state, the College is committed to providing high-quality instruction, research, and public service. SUNY ESF enrolls 1,750 undergraduate and 450 graduate students who participate in the broadest array of environmental and renewable natural resources programs in the United States. International students comprise 21% of the student body. Its faculty members are internationally recognized for their scholarship, excellence in teaching, remarkable record of extramural funding, and community involvement.

SUNY ESF is well positioned for success at a time when society recognizes the importance of a sustainable environment – and the health of the ecosystems of the world – to the economic and social well being of all citizens.  The College provides national and international leadership to address and solve some of the world’s most important and complex natural resource and environmental policy challenges. U.S. News and World Report ranks SUNY ESF number 30 among the nation's top public universities, the smallest institution to receive this distinction. SUNY ESF is also ranked among the nation's "Great Schools, Great Prices" list.

The College offers 25 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees focused on the science, engineering, design, and management of natural resources, the environment, and sustainable communities. SUNY ESF also features extensive forest lands and scientific facilities that offer unparalleled learning and research opportunities. At these regional centers, students can participate with faculty in hands-on field and lab activities using state-of-the-art technologies to prepare them to enter the 21st Century workforce. For more information about the College, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Provost and Executive Vice President at SUNY ESF reports directly to the President. As Provost, the successful candidate will serve as the chief academic officer, lead the faculty and staff in implementing the institution’s goals, be part of the President’s collaborative leadership executive cabinet, bring fresh ideas and perspectives to improve programs, enhance the College’s academic reputation, and strengthen contributions to worldwide natural resource research and management. As Executive Vice President, the successful candidate will serve as the second-ranking administrative officer and chief administrative officer in the absence of the President and will assume much of the day-to-day management and supervision of the campus and its relations to the SUNY system and other institutions and agencies.

The Provost/EVP must hold an earned doctoral degree. This individual will directly oversee the academic units, research programs, student affairs, graduate studies, academic finance, College Libraries, assessment and institutional research, and the Adirondack Ecological Center. This position will provide leadership to over 120 full-time faculty members in Environmental and Forest Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Forest and Natural Resource Management, Environmental Resources Engineering, Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, and the interdisciplinary Division of Environmental Science. The Provost/EVP will support the College in its strategic efforts to enhance SUNY ESF's research activities, support the growth and development of quality faculty and staff, enhance the student experience at SUNY ESF, and develop partnerships in support of the College's programs.


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. The Places Rated Almanac ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live.” Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.

SUNY ESF provides equal opportunity and will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a Special Disabled Veteran, Vietnam Era Veteran, or Other Protected Veteran.


How to Apply:

Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and résumé to RPA Inc. at For a confidential discussion or to make a nomination, please call Jim Heffernan, Senior Consultant, or Kendra Boyles, Search Manager, at 800-992-9277. The first review of candidates will begin on October 11, 2016, and interviews will commence shortly thereafter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.