July 27, 2020 – Higher education search firm Haley Associates has been selected by Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, to find its next provost and chief academic officer. This search is being led Katherine Haley.
Reporting directly to the president of the university, the provost is the first among equals on a highly collaborative senior administrative team, Haley Associates said. In this critical leadership role, this executive is integral to the university’s strategic and long-range planning process and goal achievement. The provost’s responsibilities include the development, implementation, and assessment of new programs and the ongoing review and evaluation of programs across the curriculum.
“Broad collaboration and a commitment to shared governance are also significant expectations for this position,” Haley Associates said. “The provost will be responsible for stewardship and allocation of budgets and resources, and will inspire and empower the faculty to maintain and improve instructional and pedagogical practices.”
The successful candidate must be an academic leader who has held progressively responsible administrative roles in higher education. The candidate should demonstrate a record of innovative leadership with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and communication skills, and a commitment to diversity and inclusivity. The role requires extensive experience with shared governance and the ability to implement change with positive outcomes. With substantial knowledge of fiscal and resource management, candidates must be able to develop, execute, and assess the strategic and long-range goals of this complex academic organization. Experience in driving enrollment growth and program innovation and development is essential. Required credentials are an earned doctorate with a distinguished record of accomplishments and at least five to seven years as a senior academic leader. Experience with a faculty union is preferred but not required.
Franklin Pierce College was founded in 1962 by Frank S. DiPietro, who had a vision of a “small college that fosters intimate relationships between those who learn and those who teach.” The college was formally recognized as Franklin Pierce University in 2007, reflecting the growth of undergraduate opportunities, the addition of graduate-level degrees and the institution’s expanding national reach. The university now includes the College of Business, the College of Health and Natural Sciences (which includes the School of Nursing), the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (which includes the School of Education), and professional programs and partnerships.
A Boutique Recruiter
Manchester, NH-based Haley Associates provides personalized services focused on the unique needs of the institutions and leaders it serves. The firm works on a limited number of consulting engagements and searches in order to remain a client-focused practice. Its services include strategic institutional assessment and modeling, board governance consultation and retreats, executive coaching for presidents and senior leaders, effective presidential transitions and presidential/senior leadership evaluations.
Dr. Haley is the former president of both Gettysburg College and Whittier College. She was the first woman president at both schools. As an executive search consultant, she has conducted numerous higher education leadership searches for institutions across the country, including over 35 presidential searches. She advises colleges and universities on leadership succession, governance and effective board performance.
Prior to her president roles, Dr. Haley was provost and professor of English at Kenyon College and dean of graduate study and director of general education at Augustana College. She has held leadership positions in a number of national higher education associations. She served as chair of the board of the Annapolis Group, the professional organization of the presidents of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Dr. Haley also served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the American Council of Academic Deans, the Eisenhower Institute, the Lincoln Prize Board and the Gettysburg Foundation. She is a member of the board at Thomas College.
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