National Search Underway for Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

A national search for a new senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost began reviewing applications last month and anticipates that on-campus interviews with finalists will take place in early April, according to Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

In a Feb. 12 broadcast e-mail, the chancellor said an appointment will be made shortly after the finalists visit campus.

The search, which is chaired by Julie Hayes, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and assisted by the search firm Witt/Kieffer, was launched after Provost James V. Staros announced in October that he will step down at the end of the academic year and assume a faculty post in biochemistry and molecular biology. Staros has served as provost since 2009.

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 other members of the search committee are Tim Anderson, dean, College of Engineering; Magdalena Bezanilla, associate professor of biology; Craig Bidiman, Graduate Student Senate representative; Joye Bowman, chair, history department; Elizabeth Chilton, associate dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Lori Clarke, chair, School of Computer Science; Elizabeth Dumont, professor of biology; Diego Fellows, Student Government Association representative; Patty Freedson, chair, kinesiology department; Enku Gelaye, interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life; Jack Hirsch, director, Polymer Science Interface Analysis Lab; Charlotte Kelly, Student Government Association representative; Hilary Kornblith, professor of philosophy; Michael Malone, vice chancellor for Research and Engagement; Andrew Mangels, director of Finance and Budget; Christine McCormick, dean, College of Education, and Susan Pearson, associate chancellor.

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 Commonwealth Honors College.

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.

Nominations or applications, including a statement of interest and curriculum vitae, may be sent to or University of Massachusetts Amherst, c/o Witt/Kieffer, Attention: Lucy Leske/Elizabeth Bohan/Dan Fogel, 2015 Spring Rd., Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523.