The University of Georgia invites applications and nominations for the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Provost is the University’s senior vice president and reports directly to the President. In day-to-day activities, the Provost serves as both chief academic officer and chief operating officer of the institution and advises and assists the President in all internal operations of the University, with particular attention to the development and implementation of academic initiatives.

The vice presidents for instruction, research, public service and outreach, student affairs, and information technology currently report to the Provost, as do the deans of UGA’s 17 schools and colleges. In addition, the two vice provosts, six associate provosts and several other academic units report to the Provost. An organizational chart of the senior administration provides further detail (see below).

The next Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost should possess a distinguished record of strategic administrative leadership in higher education and a thorough knowledge of academic administration and the programs of a large research university, particularly the land-grant and sea-grant missions of the institution. Demonstrated commitment to diversity as well as the ability to work collegially with a range of internal and external constituencies is critical. Candidates also should have an outstanding scholarly record and the highest academic degree appropriate to their discipline.


The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant/sea-grant university, is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in Georgia. Founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered university in the country, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.  The University is recognized as the flagship among the institutions comprising the University System of Georgia.

The University is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta. UGA is consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges. As of the start of the 2018-19 academic year (although still unofficial data), the University enrolls more than 38,000 students: approximately 29,500 undergraduates and 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University.

The University of Georgia enrolled its most academically talented freshman class in history in Fall 2018. The average freshman GPA exceeded 4.0 with an ACT average of 30. The Honors Program at the University of Georgia is one of the oldest and most well-established of such programs in the country. The University of Georgia is a national leader among public universities in the number of major scholarships earned by our students. Over the past 20 years, for example, UGA has produced more Rhodes Scholars than all but two other public institutions in the nation. In 2008, the University of Georgia was the only public university with at least one Rhodes, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall scholar (joined only by Columbia, Stanford, and Yale). In 2018, UGA was one of only eight universities nationwide that had at least one recipient of all three of the major undergraduate national awards — the Goldwater, Truman, and Udall scholarships. 

A comprehensive list of the University of Georgia’s colleges and schools, listed in chronological order of establishment, appears below:

Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (1801)
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (1859)
School of Law (1859)
College of Pharmacy (1903)
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (1906)
College of Education (1908)
Graduate School (1910)
Terry College of Business (1912)
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (1915)
College of Family and Consumer Sciences (1933)
College of Veterinary Medicine (1946)
School of Social Work (1964)
College of Environment and Design (1969)
School of Public and International Affairs (2001)
College of Public Health (2005)
Odum School of Ecology (2007)
College of Engineering (2012)

In addition, the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership supports a four-year medical education program in Athens to help alleviate a statewide shortage of physicians. The joint program is housed on UGA’s Health Sciences Campus.

The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctor’s degrees.  In addition, a number of individual University departments, degree programs and service functions are accredited by appropriate professional organizations. According to the National Science Foundation, the University of Georgia ranks 32nd among all U.S. universities in the number of doctoral degrees awarded and is the top public flagship university for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans.

As a member of the University System of Georgia, general supervisory control is provided by the Board of Regents’ executive officer, the Chancellor. However, each college or university has its own executive officer and faculty.

Honors and Awards (Active members):

National Academy of Sciences members: 6 faculty
American Academy of Arts & Sciences members: 6 faculty
National Academy of Education members: 1 faculty
National Academy of Engineering members: 1 faculty     
National Academy of Public Administration members: 7 faculty
National Academy of Medicine members: 1 faculty 
National Academy of Inventors members: 7 faculty
American Council of Learned Societies fellows: 6 faculty

Academic Offerings:

22 Baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields
29 Master’s degrees in 130 fields
Specialist in Education degrees in 8 major fields
4 Doctoral degrees in 94 areas
Professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine
More than 120 Study Abroad and exchange programs


NCAA Division I, Southeastern Conference
9 men’s varsity sports
12 women’s varsity sports
44 national championships, including 32 since 1999
168 SEC championships
81 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients
146 Academic All-Americans in all sports

What the College Guides Say:

U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges edition ranks UGA 16th among public universities. Kiplinger’s ranks UGA 12th in its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.


The state of Georgia is the ninth largest in the country, with an estimated population of over 10 million in 2018. The demographics of the state are becoming more diversified as the population expands.

Given the ongoing growth and development of the state of Georgia, along with increasing private support and substantial research funding, the University is experiencing rapid growth and development. Its motto, “To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” reflects the University’s commitment to the conservation and enhancement of the cultural and environmental heritage of the state and nation.

The University of Georgia shares with the other research universities of the University System of Georgia the following core characteristics:

  • a statewide responsibility and commitment to excellence and academic achievements having national and international recognition; 
  • a commitment to excellence in a teaching/learning environment dedicated to serve a diverse and well-prepared student body, to promote high levels of student achievement, and to provide appropriate academic support services;
  • a commitment to excellence in research, scholarship and creative endeavors that are focused on organized programs to create, maintain and apply new knowledge and theories; that promote instructional quality and effectiveness; and that enhance institutionally relevant faculty qualifications; 
  • a commitment to excellence in public service, economic development and technical assistance activities designed to address the strategic needs of the state of Georgia along with a comprehensive offering of continuing education designed to meet the needs of Georgia's citizens in life-long learning and professional education; and
  • a wide range of academic and professional programming at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels.

With its statewide mission and core characteristics, the University of Georgia endeavors to prepare the University community and the state for full participation in the global society of the twenty-first century. Through its programs and practices, it seeks to foster the understanding of and respect for cultural differences necessary for an enlightened and educated citizenry. It further provides for cultural, ethnic, gender and racial diversity in the faculty, staff and student body. The University is committed to preparing the University community to appreciate the critical importance of a quality environment to an interdependent global society.


In Fiscal Year 2019, the University of Georgia has an annual budget of nearly $1.8 billion, with more than 29 percent provided by the State of Georgia.

The University of Georgia remains positioned for advancement. This is due to a conservative debt load, careful management of resources, and ongoing state and University System support for both the operating budget and capital funding needs. The state of Georgia has long led the South in economic growth and development. Higher education in the state has benefited from that leadership and will continue to do so.

The University of Georgia is currently in the last stage of a major capital campaign that already has exceeded $1 billion, raising a record $242 million in the last year alone. The three priorities of the Commit to Georgia campaign are to increase scholarship support, enhance the learning environment and solve grand challenges through research and service. Although the campaign goal of $1.2 billion will be reached early—during this academic year—the campaign will continue in earnest through June 30, 2020.


The central campus of the University of Georgia covers more than 700 acres with 475 buildings in Athens. A physical master plan, which complements the University’s Strategic Plan, guides construction and renovation of facilities. The campus has been transformed in recent years through new construction or major renovations to enhance the academic mission. Selected highlights include a new Terry College Business Learning Community, Science Learning Center and Veterinary Medicine Learning Center, as well as the Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.  Construction begins this fall on a STEM research facility.

In 2011, the University acquired an additional 56-acre campus, now known as the University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus, housing two primary occupants: the College of Public Health and the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership.

Overall, the University occupies more than 38,000 acres in Clarke County and 29 other counties across the state, including campuses in Gwinnett, Tifton, Griffin, and Atlanta. Major research facilities are located in Tifton, Griffin, Skidaway Island and Sapelo Island. UGA operates Cooperative Extension Service offices in 157 counties around the state, putting the expertise of the University of Georgia within reach of virtually every citizen.  The University also has extended study locations in England, Italy, Costa Rica, and Washington, DC.

The University’s commitment to maintenance of its facilities is well recognized, with numerous awards for historic preservation and architectural achievement. In addition, incoming students commonly cite the beauty of the grounds as a primary factor in their decision to attend the University of Georgia.


The University of Georgia was awarded a total of $218 million in research grants and contracts in FY 2018, while total research expenditures were $187 million. Principal funding sources were the NIH and the NSF, which together provided about 42 percent of all research awards to UGA during FY 2018. The Gates Foundation was a major source of funding from private foundations. Some research areas consistently garnering the largest external funds have been biomedical research, especially in infectious and tropical diseases, as well as cancer and stem cell biology; plant biology and genomics, with notable applications to food crops and bioenergy; and the behavioral sciences, including health services and delivery. Total R&D expenditures for FY18 were more than $450 million and have increased by nearly 30 percent over the past five years alone.

Data from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) confirm that a successful focus on technology transfer is a distinguishing feature of the UGA research enterprise. In the most recent AUTM report released fall 2017, UGA ranked in the Top 5 among all U.S. universities for new products reaching the market for the fourth consecutive year. UGA also ranked 10th among all U.S. universities for deal flow (total number of intellectual property licenses and options executed), marking the tenth consecutive year UGA ranked in the Top 10. In addition, UGA was 17th among U.S. public universities for total licensing revenue, which reached more than $10.5 million in FY 2018, and has ranked among the Top 20 for 13 consecutive years. Technology licensing from a diverse portfolio representing agriculture, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics generated more than $99 million in revenue over the past decade. In total, nearly 700 commercial products and 175 start-up companies have originated from UGA research.

In January 2018, UGA launched a Presidential Task Force to develop a long-term strategic vision for an innovation district to serve as a hub for innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship. The task force delivered its final report on July 1, and plans are now moving forward to establish an innovation district at UGA.


As of Fall 2017, the University of Georgia employed 10,741 full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Of the 3,044 full-time faculty, 1,319 were in tenured positions and 394 were in tenure-track positions. The full-time faculty consisted of 94 percent with terminal degrees. Of the 3,044 full-time faculty, there were 814 Professors, 530 Associate Professors, 402 Assistant Professors, 76 Instructors, 217 Lecturers and 1,005 Allied Professional staff.  Full-time staff consisted of 7,149 positions with the remaining balance consisting of 548 part-time positions of both faculty and staff.             

The University President has placed a high priority on increasing the number of endowed chairs and professorships in recent years. Over the past five years, 62 new endowed positions have been added, bringing the total number to 289. Several targeted hiring initiatives focused on interdisciplinary faculty, extraordinary researchers, informatics, and investments in the student learning experience have further strengthened the ranks. In addition, six new Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholars have joined UGA in the past five years, bringing to 18 the total number of distinguished GRA Professors at UGA.


The University of Georgia is becoming increasingly selective, and its students compete with the very best students in the nation for coveted slots in highly selective graduate and professional schools, as well as exciting careers. Clear evidence of this is the great success UGA students have enjoyed in the past two decades in external major scholarship competitions such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright and Schwarzman, and Boren fellowships.

One of the most successful education initiatives in Georgia history, the lottery-funded Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally Scholarship Program (commonly known as HOPE), celebrated its 25th anniversary in June 2018. The innovative merit-based scholarship covers most of the cost of tuition for students who graduate with a B average from high school and maintain that average while enrolled in any of Georgia's public colleges, universities or technical colleges. About 99 percent of in-state freshmen at the University receive the HOPE scholarship. In addition, the Georgia Commitment Scholarship has created 260 need-based scholarships since the program was launched in 2017.

An active learning initiative is promoting higher levels of student engagement and success by transforming traditional classrooms into environments that foster critical thinking, discussion and teamwork. All UGA undergraduates are required to fulfill an experiential learning requirement to connect their academic foundations to the world beyond the classroom through creative endeavors, study abroad and field schools, internship and leadership opportunities, faculty-mentored research and service-learning. Students also enjoy robust co-curricular learning and engagement opportunities through UGA's more than 800 student organizations, residential life, cultural resource centers, and diverse campus programming.

UGA ranks 13th among doctorate-granting universities in the number of students studying abroad, with nearly one-third of UGA undergraduates involved in some sort of international education each year. UGA offers more than 120 faculty-led study abroad programs and over 50 exchange programs in more than 45 countries.

A  growing number of students are taking advantage of the University’s new Double Dawgs program, which enables accomplished students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Already more than 100 joint degree programs have been approved by the faculty. UGA students are completing their degrees at a high level of success with an 85 percent completion rate within six years. In addition, 96 percent of UGA graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.


The Alumni Association was founded in 1834 and currently has over 85 chapters worldwide—on three continents and in cities across the United States.  It is the oldest such group in the South and the fourth oldest in the nation.  There are more than 318,000 living alumni of the University of Georgia. The Alumni Association’s goal is to provide regional programs to promote the interest and welfare of UGA, the community and alumni. The Association provides alumni and students the opportunity to network and reconnect with old friends and their alma mater.


The city of Athens, named after the ancient Greek center of higher learning, was chartered in 1806. Athens and the University have matured hand-in-hand over the years, developing a uniquely urbane culture that visitors can experience through historic districts, house museums and historic landmarks. Athens boasts 15 neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places.

With a population of approximately 120,000 and located only 65 miles from downtown Atlanta, Athens offers a perfect harmony of old and new: Greek Revival architecture, contemporary art and eclectic nightlife, a Victorian-era downtown teeming with locally-owned shops, and one of the South’s most progressive culinary scenes.

By night, Athens is alive with a variety of music clubs that offer entertainment suited to every taste. Influential bands such as the B-52’s, R.E.M. and Widespread Panic put Athens on the map on the national music scene. The city now hosts hundreds of active bands, with recording studios and several independent music labels. Coupled with the University of Georgia’s pervasive arts opportunities—showcased during the annual Spotlight on the Arts Festival —the local Athens community provides one of the most diverse and affordable music and arts scenes in the country.


The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost currently is responsible for academic and student affairs, instruction, public service and outreach, research, and information technology. In day-to-day activities, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost serves as both a chief academic officer and a chief operating officer of the institution and advises and assists the President in all internal operations of the University, with particular attention to the development and implementation of academic policy. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost also serves on committees and performs other duties as assigned by the President.

As the chief academic officer, this position currently supervises the University’s 17 academic deans and directors and is a member, ex-officio, of the faculty of each school and college. In addition, five vice presidents currently report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost including:

Vice President for Instruction

Vice President for Research

Vice President for Public Service and Outreach

Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Information Technology

Two vice provosts and six associate provosts also report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. They direct areas of broad-based responsibility: Academic Fiscal Affairs, Academic Planning, Academic Programs, the Honors Program, Institutional Diversity, International Education, and the University Libraries. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography also reports to the Provost. In addition, the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Performing Arts Center report to the Provost’s Office.  Some reporting lines could be changed depending upon the qualifications, background, and strengths of the selected candidate.

The University of Georgia has a very successful partnership with the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) to offer the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership. This program, housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, provides medical education and training to 160 medical students (40 in each class year). The Partnership campus dean works closely with the MCG School of Medicine dean and the UGA Provost in ensuring the continued success of this academic partnership.


The next Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost should possess:  

  • Thorough knowledge of academic administration and the programs of a large research university; 
  • A distinguished record of strategic administrative leadership in higher education at a peer or aspirational-level institution;
  • Detailed understanding and appreciation of the land-grant and sea-grant missions of the institution;
  • Strong understanding of collegiate learning and commitment to quality instruction;
  • Experience in working collegially with diverse internal and external constituencies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity at all levels;
  • Sincere appreciation for the various audiences constituting the University community;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • An outstanding scholarly record; and
  • The highest academic degree appropriate to his or her discipline.

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost should demonstrate an ability to execute in the following areas:

  • Leading the University effectively toward its tripartite goals of excellence in teaching, research, and service; 
  • Promoting academic excellence through inspirational leadership and exceptional management skills;
  • Participating in occasional fundraising and other development activities;
  • Working collaboratively with others in adapting to the many changes facing higher
    education today;
  • Understanding current and future trends in instructional delivery;
  • Providing leadership in promoting student learning initiatives;
  • Demonstrating a rich knowledge of university planning, assessment, accreditation, academic programming, institutional research and the multiple demands facing faculty members in a modern research university.


Review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials (letter of interest, full CV, and contact information of at least five references) before November 20, 2018. The University of Georgia will be assisted by Parker Executive Search. Nominations and applications should be directed to:

Laurie Wilder, President,
Porsha Williams, Vice President,
Jacob Anderson, Principal,
(770) 804-1996 ext. 102; 109; 111
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328

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