Provost, Wingate University

INSTITUTION:

A comprehensive, independent, residential and growing university in North Carolina, Wingate serves more than 3,600 students. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors as well as graduate and professional programs. Wingate is home to the Cannon College of Arts and Sciences, the Levine College of Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, the Byrum School of Business, the Thayer School of Education, and the School of Sport Sciences.

Wingate University is a laboratory of difference-making, aligning talent, resources and expertise with student learning opportunities to improve the human condition.

The University blends in-class exploration with out-of-class application to deliver an uncommon and life-changing educational experience. More than one in five Wingate undergraduate students is preparing to be a pharmacist, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or nurse, and 71 percent of graduate students are enrolled in health sciences. Wingate offers six master’s degree programs and four doctoral degree programs. Students are supported by more than 300 endowed scholarships. The University’s motto is “Faith, Knowledge, Service.”

The main campus is located in Wingate, NC, with additional locations in Hendersonville, NC, and in the Ballantyne neighborhood of Charlotte, NC.

Wingate has experienced rapid growth in enrollment over the past decade or so (77% growth between 2007 and 2017) making it the fastest-growing university in NC. The University has a proud tradition of providing an excellent education to a diverse student population through active learning opportunities including personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery, faith development and community service. Approximately 75% of Wingate students are pursuing undergraduate degrees, and about 73% of undergraduate students live on campus.

Since 2000, Wingate has ranked at the top echelon in NCAA Division II athletics, and first among all North Carolina colleges and universities, with 113 Academic All-America selections, and is tops among all South Atlantic Conference (SAC) schools with 122 lifetime honorees. Approximately 23% of Wingate students are student-athletes who compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award each year for the past 13 years. In addition to the DII athletic program, the University offers a robust intramural athletics program as part of approximately 100 registered student organizations that also include sororities, fraternities, academic clubs, honor societies, service organizations and student government.

Wingate has also been recognized for its exceptional environment for its approximately 830 employees and has a strong reputation for faculty retention. The University was named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2016 and a Top Workplace for 2015 by the Charlotte Observer.

For additional information, please visit the Wingate University website: www.wingate.edu.

REPORTS/RELATIONSHIPS:

The Provost reports to the President and serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University, a member of the President’s Cabinet and Senior Leadership Team, and as a visionary strategic partner with the President. Other positions reporting to the President include: Senior Vice President and COO/CFO; Senior Vice President for External Relations; and Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Special Assistant to the President.

Positions reporting to the Provost include: Vice Provost for Student Engagement; Vice Provost College of Professional Studies; Vice Provost and Dean of Faculty; Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Dean of the Business School; Dean of General Education; Dean of the School of Pharmacy; Director of Physician Assistant Studies; Director of Physical Therapy; Director of Occupational Therapy; Director of Nursing; Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research; and an Executive Assistant. In addition to the academic disciplines, included in the Provost’s functional areas of oversight/responsibility are: accreditation compliance, institutional effectiveness and assessment, student engagement and advising, the Office of the Registrar, and the library. There are over 400 full-time employees in the disciplines/functions supervised by the Provost, including approximately 207 full-time faculty, 20 visiting faculty, and 182 adjunct faculty.

In addition to those listed above, the Provost will work closely with, and/or communicate regularly with, a variety of internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to: Board of Trustees; Faculty Senate; accrediting agencies; government officials; and community representatives.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

The primary duty of the Provost is to serve as the Chief Academic Officer of the University with responsibility for planning, development, implementation, coordination, review, and administration of all academic programs and support services. The Provost is also the ranking university officer who acts in the absence of the President.

As the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost provides leadership that ensures a current, relevant, and academically excellent curriculum that is consistent with the University’s mission and strategic plan; leads the recruiting, development, and evaluation of the faculty and staff within the academic function; develops short-term and long-term plans consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the University; manages the academic functions within a fiscally responsible budget; represents the faculty and appropriate staff to all constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, administration, students, alumni, and the public; and promotes the University to all constituencies, both internal and external.

The Provost’s leadership efforts are to be guided by five University distinctives: Uncommon student success, demonstrated educational outcomes, laboratory of difference making, #1 in healthcare education, and a model NCAA DII athletic program.

These distinctives are actualized through annual priorities centered on having graduates who are competent, well-rounded, productive, and engaged members of society; students meeting or exceeding their academic, professional, and personal goals through curricular and co-curricular opportunities; a coordinated enrollment strategy that leads to sustainable graduate and undergraduate annual enrollment growth; and a financial planning framework that integrates processes to achieve short and long-term priorities.

Additional specific duties will/may include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Lead and manage all undergraduate and graduate academic affairs, including academic programs offered at two satellite campuses. Provide leadership in academic planning, curricular excellence, outstanding teaching, research, and service to support continued growth in enrollment, retention, and student success.
  • Represent the faculty, and academic and student life programs, to the University’s Board of Trustees and all other pertinent stakeholders.
  • Direct/oversee the recruitment, development, and retention of high-quality faculty and academic staff, including Vice Provosts/Deans for the colleges and schools; coordinate with the Vice Provosts/Deans to recruit, develop, and appoint Department Chairs and other leadership within the academic function.
  • Develop and support shared governance and consensus building with the faculty.
  • Direct the annual performance evaluation processes for full-time faculty and academic staff.
  • Cultivate programs to enhance the learning experience through classroom teaching and other curricular and/or co-curricular modes.
  • Develop programs to support faculty and student scholarship; initiate and support professional development and research opportunities for faculty and students.
  • Coordinate the solicitation of external funding in support of academic programs.
  • Generate and implement a responsible budget for the academic functions; develop initiatives to enhance revenue streams.
  • Maintain an up-to-date Faculty Handbook.
  • Serve as the key liaison with SACS or other accreditation organizations.
  • Represent the University in any discussions of academic collaboration with other colleges, universities, or academic organizations.
  • Remain current on trends in higher education through conferences, meetings, and publications.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Record of distinguished and progressively responsible academic administrative experience in higher education; experience as an academic dean, or significant academic administrative experience.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate for appointment to the rank of Professor.
  • Track record of academic leadership that demonstrates a commitment to innovation and strategic growth through exemplary teaching, research, scholarship, academic planning and implementation, program development, and enhanced student engagement and success; experience building and/or supporting post-baccalaureate and Masters programs.
  • Effective leadership skills that: serve to empower, support, and partner with diverse colleagues and stakeholders; recruit, develop, and retain superior faculty and staff; encompass a strong work ethic and an ability to prioritize work to advance multiple projects at once; foster adaptability to adjust plans as circumstances change in the University’s growth environment.
  • Experience with enrollment management initiatives, enrollment growth, and the ability to coordinate academic program plans with outreach and enrollment service efforts.
  • Demonstrated confidence and comfort working in a collaborative and entrepreneurial culture committed to the principles of shared governance; commitment to fostering a culture that encourages collegiality and civility.
  • Strong and effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills to support engagement with both academic and non-academic constituencies; demonstrated understanding of the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence.
  • Good financial management skills with the ability to make strategic budget decisions within a limited resource environment.
  • Understanding and familiarity with current trends in higher education, particularly related to independent, comprehensive universities with an academic core in the liberal arts as well as health sciences and other professional programs; experience with multiple campuses and distance education is a plus.
  • Expertise with professional program-level accreditation processes and with institutional-level regional accreditation requirements [e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or other regional accrediting bodies.]
  • An earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree.

COMPENSATION:

Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, benefits, and relocation assistance.

Wingate University abides by all federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination solely on the basis of a person’s race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age (over 40), sex, marital status or physical handicap, except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists. Wingate University is committed to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Wingate University expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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