Provost, Belmont Abbey College

INSTITUTION:

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College (BAC; the College; the Abbey) continues to celebrate the 1,500-year-old Benedictine monastic tradition of prayer and learning. Established on Catholic, Benedictine traditions, Belmont Abbey welcomes a diverse body of students regardless of religious affiliation. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC, Belmont Abbey College is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Abbey is the only Catholic college between northern Virginia and Florida.

As a small, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution, Belmont Abbey finds its center in Jesus Christ, and believes in the development of the whole person—in mind, body, and spirit. As such, BAC’s mission is to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences so that in all things God may be glorified. In this endeavor, the College is guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Benedictine spirit of prayer and learning. Exemplifying Benedictine hospitality, Belmont Abbey welcomes a diverse body of students and provides them with an education that will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and to others.

The vision statement of the College is: Belmont Abbey College finds its center in Jesus Christ. By His light, we grasp the true image and likeness of God which every human person is called to live out. We aim to renew that likeness in all dimensions of life for our students and community members through curricular and co-curricular programs of excellence and virtue based in the liberal arts as practiced in the Catholic and Benedictine intellectual traditions. Institutional objectives for Belmont Abbey include:

  • Embrace and instill the habit of excellence and virtue in all that we do.
  • Provide our students with a liberal arts and professional education that prepares them in mind, body, and spirit for themselves and their communities.

BAC enrolls approximately 1,500 – 1,600 students. The College has a wide range of academic programs (22 majors and 34 minors) in four areas:

  1. Humanities: English; Fine Arts; Foreign Languages; History; Philosophy; and Theology.
  2. Natural Sciences: Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; and Physics.
  3. Social Sciences: Criminal Justice and Sociology; Government and Political Philosophy; and Psychology.
  4. Professional Studies: Accounting; Business Management; Computer Information Systems; Economics; Educational Studies; Elementary Education; Finance; Marketing; Motorsport Management; and Sport Management.

BAC also offers an Honors Program as well as The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS), dedicated to the encouragement of lifelong learning.

Belmont Abbey has about 80 full-time faculty; with more than 70% of the faculty holding doctoral or terminal degrees. The Abbey provides exceptional education by deeply engaged faculty with the one-on-one attention to students. Belmont Abbey participates in Division II athletics as a member of Conference Carolinas, and offers study abroad opportunities, intramurals, community theatre, publications, student government, and campus ministry. BAC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The Cardinal Newman Society calls Belmont Abbey College one of the top Catholic colleges in America for faithfulness and affordability, and First Things Magazine recently named the Abbey America’s #1 “School on the Rise, Filled with Excitement.” In addition, BAC has received a “Top-Tier Ranking” by U.S. News and World Report, and recently named “A best Southeastern College” by The Princeton Review. For more information about Belmont Abbey College, please visit the website at: www.belmontabbeycollege.edu.

REPORTS/RELATIONSHIPS:

The Provost reports directly to the President. Positions reporting to the Provost include: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Vice Provost for Assessment, Research, and Accreditation; Directors of: Library Services, Career Services, Honors College, Registrar, Academic Resource Center, and Executive Assistant.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

Reporting to the President, the Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the College and provides leadership to all academic areas to reflect the mission of the institution. The Provost is an advocate for all academic programs providing leadership to faculty and academic staff to ensure consistent quality standards across the curriculum and academic programs to meet the educational needs of students. The Provost oversees the academic integrity of the College and provides leadership in long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, and program development. The Provost ensures compliance with various accreditation agencies at the institutional and program level as well as state accreditation and regulations.

Overall Objectives
The Provost has broad responsibilities for the planning, development, and administration of the College’s educational programs and services. As Chief Academic Officer of the College, the Provost ensures the academic integrity of the College and supports innovations in programs and methods of delivery that respond in a timely manner to changing environments. Currently, the College is engaged in designing several health-related academic programs to complement the planned hospital construction on the College campus.

Specific Accountabilities: Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Be a practicing Catholic who will ensure the integration and application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the Benedictine tradition of spirit of prayer and learning as found in the Rule of St. Benedict throughout the academic affairs of the College.
  • Serves as Chief Academic Officer of the College.
  • Actively participates as a member of the Executive Management Team and assists the President and other senior managers in achieving institutional objectives identified in the College’s Strategic Plan.
  • Ensures that programs and activities within academic affairs meet and exceed the requirements of the SACSCOC accreditation standards.
  • Discerns, analyzes, assesses, and recommends the creation of new academic programs and the modification, expansion, and/or enhancement of the existing curriculum.
  • Serves as a champion for the faculty while balancing the pragmatic realities of operating the College in a fiscally prudent manner.
  • Oversees the systematic and routine assessment of all academic and academic support programs and services to measure and plan continuous improvement, ensuring effective and cost-efficient operations.
  • Ensures the academic reputation of the College to improve and maintain current rankings (i.e., U.S. News and World Report).
  • Provides leadership in the incorporation of instructional technologies to improve student learning.
  • Prepares the annual budget for the division of Academic Affairs, within the College’s strategic priorities.
  • Maintains regular communication and working relationship with other areas of the College, keeping them informed of current activities and working with them to achieve institutional priorities.

Disclaimer
The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates must have substantial, demonstrated, successful experience in progressively responsible administrative and educational leadership positions. Doctoral degree is required; and evidence of earned tenure in an academic discipline is also necessary. The individual must have demonstrated successful experience in strategic planning, fiscal management, resource allocation, and academic affairs personnel management.

Ideal candidates must have knowledge of curriculum design and its application to sound academic management; ability and skill in the design and application of methods for the evaluation of faculty and staff; ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, complex ideas and recommendations; ability to carry out the functions of leadership along a planned program of institutional direction; ability to develop and administer an academic budget; ability to establish and monitor fiscal accountability within areas of responsibility; and a strong commitment to shared governance in a collegial environment.

The successful candidate must be an individual who can work independently, is well organized, analytical, inquisitive, results oriented, and able to work comfortably with all levels of management, faculty, and personnel. The individual must work with a sense of urgency yet provide time as appropriate to assist BAC personnel and respond to information requests. This individual must have strong interpersonal skills. The successful Provost will be capable of developing productive working relationships with peers, faculty, and other administrators, a good listener and communicator, objective, and a professional of integrity.

In addition to the other characteristics described, the candidate will be someone who supports, embraces, and instills the habit of excellence and virtue to foster the vision of Belmont Abbey College so that in all things God may be glorified. The individual will consistently demonstrate skills, attitudes, and stable disposition of character to support the richness of our Catholic and Benedictine identity while fostering the development of mind, body, and soul in our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

COMPENSATION:

Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary and competitive benefits package.

Belmont Abbey College will not tolerate harassment and/or discrimination of any kind against any person or group of individuals because of age, race, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or veteran status. Harassment is defined as any behavior (verbal, written, or physical) that abuses, demeans, or victimizes any person based on the above distinctions.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, submit a resume and/or vita and cover letter to:

Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28209
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant
704.377.0362