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National Search

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Boise State University invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Provost.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position.

Our Trajectory

Elevating research, student success and economic impact, Boise State University has undergone a period of unprecedented growth and dramatic transformation. Over the last decade, the university has experienced a significant increase in its student enrollment, graduate programs, physical infrastructure, federal funding and research partnerships.

President Marlene Tromp has led the creation of new initiatives and launched a strategic planning process. The provost will be a critical partner in driving the university forward on its remarkable trajectory.

We are innovators

Boise State is a transformative, metropolitan public university that educates people and prepares them for success in a changing world. Integrating teaching, research, creativity, and service, the university provides an innovative and equitable learning environment to advance academic, social, economic, and cultural vitality in the Treasure Valley and across Idaho and the globe.

Learn about our culture of innovation

Job Standard for Provost

Job Overview

Work Type: Professional
Job Code: 75035
Pay Grade: E19
FLSA Status: Exempt
Career Level: Vice President
Family: General Administration
Function: Executive


The Provost reports directly to the President and, as the Chief Academic Officer, will work closely with the President in continuing the ongoing transformation of the University as a leading institution of higher education and research. The Provost will oversee and lead all colleges within the University and work collaboratively with the university leadership team and the academic deans to lead the academic mission of the university.

At this critical time in higher education, the Provost must fully grasp the educational, social, political and technological changes affecting today’s world, and possess the ability to help vision and then realize that mission through action.

Level Scope

Accountable for leading all aspects of one or more divisions. Provides strategic leadership for areas that have broad impact across the University and community. Has significant people management responsibilities. Strengthens financial and legal stability of the University by identifying opportunities for most effective funding use, strategies to increase funding, as well as cost containment and ensuring compliance with policies. Decisions and actions have a direct impact on the outcomes of the University as a whole.

Minimum Qualifications

The Provost must possess a significant, demonstrated level of experience, dedication and ability to innovate to realize the Universities vision and mission. The individual must have the social and intellectual skills to constructively work with a broad internal and external constituency, utilizing a shared model of governance where agile progress is valued. In addition, the candidate must have a record in leading significant research and or creative activity.

The candidate must possess a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, and have a distinguished record of academic leadership, including fundraising and especially cutting edge approaches in education and transformational research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with stakeholders and campus community.
  • Knowledge of curriculum design and its application for sound academic management.
  • Highly motivated team player able to function effectively in a fast-paced environment, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Leadership and facilitation for the processes of curriculum development.
  • Proven ability to lead complex research and creative activities.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills; ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and work deadlines, and ensure timely follow-up.
  • Proven ability to make, implement, and productively communicate the rationale for difficult decisions.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to advise faculty regarding state of the art methods in education, research and creative activity.
  • Working knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of academic scholarship, student services and administration practices.
  • Experience with academic/student support outside of curriculum and faculty development.
  • Proven leadership in advancing the equity and inclusion across faculty and students as well as experience developing strategies to retain employees.
  • Proven experience in fundraising.
  • Committee work outside of academic affairs and experience with cross-divisional collaboration.
  • Capacity to manage academic programs in the face of budget cuts.
  • Demonstrated experience involving professional staff in decision making about high-level academic programming.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities (not in ranked order)

  • Serve as senior advisor to the President, creating overall academic vision and direction to the university.
  • Develop and implement academic strategies that propel the University’s academic vision and allow students to pursue a purpose-driven education.
  • Develop and administer the University academic budget.
  • Develop a strong, cohesive leadership team for the Division of Academic Affairs and its diverse academic constituencies.
  • Oversee and mentor the deans, provost staff and academic leadership of the University.
  • Lead efforts to recruit and retain distinguished, diverse professors and researchers as part of initiatives to expand the prominence and global reach of the faculty at the University.
  • Nurture ongoing efforts to advance inclusion, equity and fairness among all University constituencies.
  • Develop and implement strategies with University leadership to enrich student success, including students’ classroom, research and extracurricular experiences at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Work closely with the Vice President for Research in continuing to build the research and creative activities of the University.
  • Develop partnerships with national laboratories, federal agencies, and private industry.
  • In conjunction with the Vice President for Advancement, effectively work across communities of friends and alumni to increase giving in support of the University scholarships and endowments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The Provost must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work. Final employment offers are contingent upon a final candidate’s successful completion of a background verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the background verification does not disqualify the individual. In addition, a financial history check and motor vehicle record check may be required.

Submit an Application

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Peña, Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601

Refer to “BoiseState-Provost” in the subject line