North Park University is seeking a person of active and expressed Christian faith, a skilled administrator, and an accomplished academic to serve as the University’s next Provost, the chief academic officer. A Christian university in the heart of Chicago, IL, North Park has a historic commitment to three distinctive identities—Christian, city-centered, and intercultural—and recently earned designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The new Provost will have the unique opportunity to join North Park as the university reimagines and attains its future as a model for Christian higher education in 21st Century America.
This search is assisted by Academic Search. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with Andrea Warren Hamos, senior consultant, at email@example.com or Mahauganee Shaw, consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provost Search Committee Members
- Anthony Scola, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing — Co-chair
- Cindy Hudson, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and Health Science — Co-chair
- Andrea E. Nevels, Vice President for Student Engagement
- Greg Crawford, Trustee Representative
- Rochelle Robinson-Levant, Associate Dean, School of Business and Nonprofit Management
- Aaron Schoof, Senior Director of Data and Administrative Services
- Kelly Potteiger, Professor of Athletic Training
- Peggy Kotowski, Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Maya Durham Rayner, Assistant Professor of Arts, Graphic Design
- Yoojin Choi, Professor of Biology & Director of Summer Science Initiatives
- Michael Johnson, Professor of History
Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park is located on Chicago’s northwest side, with satellite campuses in Grayslake, Waukegan, and Arlington Heights. The University serves an increasingly diverse population of students from the city of Chicago, the nation, and the world. In February 2020, North Park was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. Also in February 2020, the Board of Trustees unanimously voiced its endorsement for North Park Next—the exciting, three-phase collaborative enterprise to create an inspiring future and build on North Park’s distinctives to emerge as the model for Christian higher education in 21st Century America.
As the chief academic officer, the Provost provides leadership for the development and implementation of all academic planning and policy as well as the academic budget; reviews and approves academic appointments; and makes recommendations to the president on promotion and tenure decisions. Within this role, the Provost coordinates across all academic units—College of Arts and Sciences; School of Business & Nonprofit Management; School of Education; School of Nursing & Health Sciences; School of Music, Art and Theatre; School of Professional Studies; and Theological Seminary.
The new Provost will have the unique opportunity to join North Park as the University reimagines and attains its future as a model for Christian higher education in 21st Century America. The successful candidate will be a collaborative change manager with strong communication skills, innovative ideas and accomplishments, and an analytical approach to decision-making. The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of the academic evolution needed to embrace an HSI designation, and a commitment to an educational environment that is Christian, intercultural, and city-centered. The leader will have a strong record of both effective academic administration and scholarly productivity along with a passion for small institutional environments. Joining the University at a critical time, the Provost will integrate into a dynamic, collaborative leadership team committed to the needs of the institution for long term success. The next Provost is expected to assume office in summer 2021.
Applications and Nominations
Academic Search is assisting North Park University with this search. Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Senior Consultant Andrea Warren Hamos and Consultant Mahauganee Shaw. The position is open until filled, but only applications received by March 18, 2021 can be assured full consideration. Application materials can be submitted to NorthParkProvost@academicsearch.org.
North Park is committed to providing and maintaining a welcoming environment, and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, retaliation, or any form of intimidation by any person in any form directed against students, faculty, or staff of the institution. To assure that its commitment is met, North Park has adopted a Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, and Retaliation. The Policy prohibits discrimination or harassment of any member of the University community because of his or her race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran’s status, or other protected status, as those terms are defined by applicable local, state, and federal law, subject to North Park’s right, as a religious institution, to make decisions on the basis of religious beliefs and lifestyle consistent with the religious principles espoused by the Evangelical Covenant Church.
- March 18 — deadline to ensure full consideration
- Late March — selection of candidates for semifinalist interviews
- Early April — semifinalist interviews (with search committee, confidential)
- Mid/late April — finalist interviews (with individual, small group and large group campus constituencies)
Regular updates will be provided to the campus community at key points in the search, and these updates will be posted to this website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many candidates will hold key positions at other institutions and will submit an application only if confidentiality is guaranteed. Members of the search committee have signed an agreement that secures confidentiality for all discussions, documents, and deliberations related to the search. For your information, a copy of the confidentiality statement guiding the work of the search committee is available on this website.
The search chairs are the official spokespersons for the search committee and, thus, the only individuals authorized to speak on behalf of the search committee and the search process. The chairs will provide periodic updates to the community and can address questions or concerns from members of the community through the duration of the search.
The information search committee members are able to share with the campus community is limited. The committee members are bound by a code of ethics that requires they not share any information discussed during search committee meetings, nor any information related to candidates, even after the search has closed.
Please contact the search chairs or search consultants with any information or questions.
Yes, the search chairs will provide regular updates to the campus community at key points in the search, and these updates will be posted to this website.
If you are considering nominating someone, please carefully review the qualifications and experiences as outlined in the position profile before submitting a nomination.
To nominate someone, please send the following information directly to Mahauganee Shaw at email@example.com:
- Nominee’s full name
- Nominee’s current title and institution
- Nominee’s email contact email
- Nominee’s telephone contact (preferably cell)
- A few sentences explaining how you know this person and why you think this person is qualified for, or could be effective as, North Park’s next Provost
The search consultants will reach out to the nominee to invite a conversation to explore their interest in this search. The search consultants will not provide your name to the nominee, but you are free to do so.
Internal candidates are vetted in the same way as external candidates. All candidates are assessed based on the criteria identified in the position profile. The committee very carefully selects the strongest candidates, either internal or external, for further consideration based on the required and desired qualifications and experience.
Many members of the campus community met with the consultants during the initial campus visit. The information shared during this visit is particularly valuable during the recruiting phase of the search process.
After finalist candidates are selected, members of the community will be strongly encouraged to meet with each of them during their visit to campus. In addition to a campus-wide open forum, finalists will meet one-on-one and in small groups with key constituents. A confidential online survey will be distributed to all individuals who have met with the finalist candidates to ensure that feedback is gathered on the finalist candidates. This survey will enable you to provide your perspective regarding the strengths and concerns you see in each of the finalist candidates.
Yes, in addition to sharing your feedback on finalists through the confidential online survey, you can share your thoughts with members of the search committee.
The new Provost is expected to assume office in summer 2021.