October 18, 2019 – Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates has been chosen to find the next provost for Manhattan College. Managing partner Matthew Kilcoyne and senior consultant Sue DeWine are leading the assignment for the recruitment firm.
“Manhattan College wants a provost and vice president for academic affairs to lead the institution to its next level of academic excellence through a strong commitment to its Lasallian Catholic mission and values, a communicative and collaborative entrepreneurial spirit, and an unwavering focus on student success,” said the search firm.
The next provost at the New York City college will be expected to reaffirm and support the college’s foundational commitment to student success, the education of the whole person and excellence in teaching, said the search firm. The role calls for the vision, ethical leadership and entrepreneurial spirit to support the college’s continued academic excellence through programmatic development and assessment. The individual must also be a strong and articulate faculty advocate through a focus on shared governance, professional development, strategic resource allocation and transparent communication.
The provost is also charged with promoting and developing both Manhattan College’s liberal arts heritage and its excellence in professional programs through an inclusive atmosphere of collaboration, said RH Perry. The individual must also work effectively and collaboratively with the school’s president and the president’s cabinet to develop and clearly articulate and implement the College’s next strategic plan.
A Cohesive Unit
He or she will also be expected to integrate the six distinct academic schools into a cohesive unit while simultaneously identifying, supporting, and marketing each school’s unique qualities. The job further calls for identifying and implementing initiatives to recruit, hire and retain a diverse and geographically representative faculty and staff. The provost is also charged with safeguarding that the college’s Catholic identity and Lasallian heritage remain central to the school’s educational environment and to its culture in word and deed.
Key qualifications for the provost role include: an earned doctorate and eligibility for appointment at the rank of full professor, with tenure in one of the college’s departments; a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to student success and academic excellence; a demonstrated record of commitment to students and student success; a demonstrated record of transparency, commitment to shared governance, faculty advocacy and interdisciplinary collaboration; and evidence of ethical leadership, unquestioned integrity, effective communication and a strong commitment to Manhattan College’s mission, vision, values, and Catholic identity and Lasallian heritage.
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Founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Roman Catholic teaching order, Manhattan College is located in the residential Riverdale section of the Bronx, 10 miles and a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan. Manhattan College’s over 3,500 full and part-time undergraduates and more than 575 full and part-time graduate students pursue degrees in one of five schools serving traditional undergraduate students – liberal arts, science, engineering, education and health, and the O’Malley School of Business – as well as the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which offers a blended learning approach for adult students.
Established in 1974, RH Perry has conducted over 1,000 higher education searches. The firm’s higher education practice consists of senior-level executives with a well-balanced mix of college and university presidential experience, senior administrative experience and executive search expertise. Founded by Robert H. Perry, the firm also has offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kilcoyne, who joined RH Perry & Associates in 2002, has led or supported over 210 presidential and senior administrative higher education search assignments. He focuses on all aspects of the search process, including: search committee and Board relations; needs analysis and the pre-search study; marketing, candidate identification and recruitment; evaluation and screening; candidate due diligence; and selection and transition.
Dr. DeWine joined the search firm in 2015 after more than 40 years in higher education. She has had a successful career in academe with extensive experience as an administrator, fundraiser and communication consultant. She was a full professor and consultant to industry in a large public institution and provost and president at two small private colleges. Her expertise is academics. She served as president of Hanover College, in Indiana, from 2007 to 2015.
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