Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Search

Finalists Announced

Three finalists for the position of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost will visit campus.  All faculty members, staff members, and students are invited to public forums to meet the candidates:

April 1, 2:15-3:15 pm, Room 174-76 Campus Center

Jeffrey Roberts, Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science, Purdue University.  Roberts holds a doctorate in Chemistry from Harvard University and previously served as Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  Additional details are available in his CV at

April 2, 2:30-3:30 pm, Room 168C Campus Center

Katherine Newman, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University.  Newman holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of California Berkeley and previously served as the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.  Additional details are available in her CV at

April 7, 3:00-4:00 pm, Room 174-76 Campus Center

Bruce Bursten, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee Knoxville.  Bursten holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Madison and previously served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University.  Additional details are available in his CV at:

Members of the campus community are invited to submit feedback on these finalists to the following email address:

Please submit your comments by 5:00pm on April 8.


Information about the Search

The campus has launched a national search for our next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Chancellor has appointed the following search committee to assist in our efforts to fill this critical position:

  • Julie Hayes, Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, committee chair
  • Tim Anderson, Dean, College of Engineering
  • Magdalena Bezanilla, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Craig Bidiman, GSS rep
  • Joye Bowman, Chair, Department of History
  • Elizabeth Chilton, Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Lori Clarke, Chair, School of Computer Science
  • Elizabeth Dumont, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Diego Fellows, SGA rep
  • Patty Freedson, Chair, Department of Kinesiology
  • Enku Gelaye, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Jack Hirsch, Director, Polymer Science Interface Analysis Lab
  • Charlotte Kelly, SGA rep
  • Hilary Kornblith, Professor, Department of Philosophy
  • Michael Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
  • Andrew Mangels, Director of Finance and Budget
  • Christine McCormick, Dean, College of Education
  • Susan Pearson, Associate Chancellor

Campus Community Input

The search committee welcomes comments from the campus community about challenges and opportunities facing the campus and new academic leadership, short- and long-term goals for the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, and the competencies, experiences, and credentials necessary for new leadership to succeed.  Comments should be sent to

The committee anticipates that on-campus interviews with finalists will take place in early April and that an appointment will be made shortly thereafter.

Instructions for submitting applications and nominations are included in the position announcement below, which will appear in the national higher ed press in the coming weeks.

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, a major public research university campus, seeks a Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost.  Located in the historic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and established in 1863 under the Morrill Land Grant Act, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system.  Offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, the 1,200-acre campus serves approximately 20,000 undergraduate students and nearly 6,000 graduate students in a rich cultural setting.  The campus is a member of the Five Colleges Inc., a consortium that includes Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges along with the UMass Amherst campus.

The Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost is the chief academic officer of the campus, reports to the Chancellor, and serves in the Chancellor’s stead when the Chancellor is unavailable.  Working in close collaboration with and guiding the rest of the campus administrative team, the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost provides intellectual and administrative leadership for academic programs and student success, for research and scholarship, and for university outreach.  The Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost has broad management authority over the campus’ Schools and Colleges, in addition to the Graduate School and the University’s Commonwealth Honors College.  Please see for more details.

Candidates must have earned a doctorate from an accredited institution, and have a record of successful teaching and scholarship commensurate with tenure as a full professor in one of the academic departments on the campus.  Candidates should have academic administrative experience including evaluation of faculty, program development, and budget planning.  Important attributes will include demonstrated academic leadership ability, a commitment to the highest standards of excellence, commitment to collaboration and to diversity, and proven success in representing the priorities of the campus to diverse audiences internal and external to the campus.

Review of applications will begin on January 21 and continue until the position is filled.  Please send nominations or applications (including a statement of interest and curriculum vitae), preferably electronically, to:

University of Massachusetts Amherst
c/o Witt/Kieffer
Attention: Lucy Leske/Elizabeth Bohan/Dan Fogel
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, Illinois  60523


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.