Haley Associates Seeks Provost for University of La Verne

November 6, 2020 – Higher education search firm Haley Associates has been selected by University of La Verne in California to find its next provost and chief academic officer. The search is being led Katherine Haley.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs reports directly to the president and serves on the president’s cabinet. Responsibilities span strategic planning, policy formulation, budgetary decision-making, assessment and continuous improvement, and faculty support and supervision. The provost will be expected to inspire faculty, staff and students to achieve ambitious goals through effective organization and allocation of resources. “The provost works collaboratively with the president and other university leaders toward the achievement of institutional goals and offers advice and counsel on both the academic programs and the student experience,” Haley Associates said.

The successful candidate will be an experienced academic leader who has held progressively responsible administrative roles in an academic setting, the search firm said. She or he will have demonstrated a record of ethical, fair and innovative leadership, with excellent interpersonal, problem solving and communication skills. The individual should also have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and a respect for shared governance. “Required credentials are an earned terminal degree in the candidate’s field, with a strong record of scholarship and teaching,” Haley Associates said. “The successful candidate will present significant academic administrative experience with evidence of sound fiscal and personnel management, integration of academics and the co-curriculum, and a focus on ensuring success for all members of an academic community.”

Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is composed of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education and the College of Law, as well as eight regional and online campuses. There are 55 undergraduate programs, 19 master’s degrees, four doctoral programs and eight credential programs.

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.

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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.

Franklin Pierce University Search

Haley Associates was recently selected by Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, to find its next provost and chief academic officer. 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.

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.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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