Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence
University at Buffalo
Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence
The University at Buffalo (UB), a premier, research-intensive public university, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of vice provost for inclusive excellence (VPIX). UB's longstanding dedication to social justice, ongoing inclusive excellence initiatives and ambitious goals for the future, coupled with established structures to support inclusive excellence that run through all units and departments, make this an exciting opportunity for a collaborative, innovative, and action-oriented leader.
A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a flagship and the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. UB enrolls more than 32,000 students (approximately two-thirds undergraduate and one-third graduate and professional students); has a distinguished faculty of over 1,500 full-time members; and is home to more than 120 research centers and institutes.
The VPIX is UB's chief diversity officer and is positioned well to have influence and enact change. The VPIX reports jointly to the president and to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and serves as a member of the president's and provost's cabinets. The VPIX provides leadership to the Office of Inclusive Excellence and collaborates with campus partners who are committed to and engaged in inclusive excellence work, including a robust network of unit diversity officers. Enhancing campus diversity and promoting a university-wide culture of equity and inclusion are critical to UB's goal of becoming one of the Top 25 public institutions in the nation. Within this context, the VPIX will lead and enable UB's efforts to further develop a culture of equity and inclusion across all units of the university. The VPIX will be responsible for assessing current initiatives and shaping a unified, comprehensive strategy for inclusive excellence that is aligned with UB's mission and university-wide efforts to continue to cultivate innovation in the inclusive excellence space.
The university seeks a leader with demonstrated success and effectiveness in developing, facilitating, and promoting policies and programs that remove barriers to access and advancement. Candidates will bring a demonstrated expertise, commitment and experience regarding inclusive excellence related issues, policies and programs; a proven ability to develop and implement a visionary diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan; and ability to design innovative, signature programs. A practice of collaboration, a willingness to be visible, accessible and connected with the campus community and ability to effectively represent the university's commitment to various constituents will be essential for success. It will be important for the VPIX to be forward-thinking, strategic and action oriented.
The University at Buffalo has retained WittKieffer, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of their next vice provost for inclusive excellence.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available on WittKieffer.com.
Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by July 25, 2023.
It is anticipated that the vice provost will begin service in fall 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Charlene Aguilar, Ed.M.
The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
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