Position Advertisement
Rider University announces its search for a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and invites nominations for and expressions of interest in the position. Rider University seeks a dynamic, visionary leader who will build upon its academic and programmatic strengths, promote the distinctive quality of its education, and meet the challenges the University and higher education face in the 21st century.

Rider University is a vibrant, student-centered community of learners and scholars regionally recognized as a top-tier institution. With campuses located in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey, Rider is an independent, residential university with approximately 250 full-time faculty and 5,600 undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional adult students. Rider is organized into four colleges – the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences; the College of Business Administration; the Westminster College of the Arts; and the College of Continuing Studies. The University offers 69 undergraduate programs in the fine and performing arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, education and business, as well as 25 graduate programs principally in business, education, music and leadership. Rider is distinguished by the talent and dedication of its people, by the excellence of its academic programs, and by its teaching, scholarship, artistic expression, professional practice and service to the community. The University has benefited from strong financial management and significant investment in programs, facilities and faculty positions. Its programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the AACSB, ACS, CACREP, NCATE, NASM and NASP. The University has focused on pursuing five strategic directions: strengthening student-centeredness; advancing intellectual engagement and leadership skills; enhancing connections among the liberal arts, education for the professions, and community; fostering diverse perspectives and social responsibility; and building resources for the future.

Following a decade of growth in numbers of students, programs, and faculty positions, the Provost will have the opportunity to lead the institution to new levels of success through a commitment to innovation in the development and assessment of academic and co-curricular offerings andthrough the recruitment of faculty who balance teaching and scholarship. As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs provides administrative leadership and oversight for all instructional and operational components of Academic Affairs, and serves as the chief executive officer in the President’s absence.

The new Provost will hold a terminal degree, preferably in a discipline offered by the University, and demonstrate a record of academic accomplishment and scholarship that merits appointment as a tenured full professor. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of academic leadership; experience with strategic planning; evidence of fiscally responsible management practices including budgeting and fiduciary accountability; and a track record of recruiting and evaluating faculty, as well as promoting faculty development, including experience with promotion and tenure. Candidates should also demonstrate a commitment to diversity and strong communication skills as well as the ability to advocate for the University to internal and external constituencies. Finally, candidates will reflect a commitment to global education, academic and personal integrity, and an entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm to lead the institution into the future.

The review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries and applications, including letter of interest and curriculum vitae, should be forwarded, in confidence, to:

Steve Leo, Vice President
Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LLC
[email protected]

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, or any other non-job related criteria.