Lenoir-Rhyne University, a dynamic and growing, private, liberal arts institution, seeks an innovative, inspirational, strategic and collaborative leader to serve as Provost.  Reporting directly to the President, the Provost serves as the chief academic and student life officer of the University, and as chief executive officer for the Institution in the President’s absence.


Since its founding in 1891 as Highland College, the institution has focused on providing young people with a sound education based on religious principles and Christian values. The college became Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1923 in honor of Daniel E. Rhyne, a local industrialist who boosted the endowment and other assets of the institution. In 1928, the college was admitted into the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (SACSCOC) and in 2008, Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) was officially created. In 2012, LRU merged with Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. and opened The Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. The Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, SC opened in the spring of 2014. Today, LRU operates as one university with three campuses.

The institution enrolls nearly 2,600 students at its three campuses; the average class size is 16 students; the student/faculty ratio is 13:1; and 79% of the faculty hold doctoral degrees. The University has a vibrant core curriculum representing its liberal arts tradition. In addition, there are over 50 undergraduate majors, 30 master degree programs, and the first doctoral program will begin in fall 2018. LRU offers two undergraduate degrees: B.A. and B.S.; four graduate degrees: M.A., M.S., M.B.A., and M.P.H; and four Seminary degrees: M.A.C.M., M.Div., M.A.R., and S.T.M. Students may choose among 70 student clubs and organizations. The University competes in the NCAA Division II as a member of the South Atlantic Conference and sponsors 11 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate teams.

The Office of the Provost is located on the University’s Hickory campus, which is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of North Carolina. Hickory is a city known for craftsmanship and community, and the area offers the amenities of a large city, but the charm of a small town. Money magazine has called Hickory “one of the Best Places to Live” in the US. Located in Catawba County, the surrounding area boasts “a natural playground for outdoor activities” including hiking, canoeing, and fishing. Hickory is an easy drive to Asheville, Charlotte, or Greensboro, NC.

In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), LRU promotes a diverse campus open to people from all religious backgrounds.

For additional information and to learn more about its storied history, visit the Lenoir-Rhyne University website at


The Provost of LRU is a trusted advisor to the President and serves on the President’s Cabinet and Senior Leadership Team. He/she will work closely with the President and other senior-level leaders to build and implement a long-term strategic plan and to ensure effective university operations, while embracing academic excellence in a culture of transparency and shared governance.

Positions reporting to the Provost include: Deans of the five Colleges (Professional & Mathematical Studies, Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences, Education & Human Services, and Theology); Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life; Assistant Provost and Dean of  Graduate and Adult Education; Dean of Library Services; Director of Institutional Research and Assessment; Registrar (on academic matters); and various academic center and institute directors.


As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost provides leadership that ensures an up-to-date curriculum through regular assessment that is consistent with the mission of the University; leads and evaluates the faculty and staff within the Office of Academic Affairs; develops short-term and long-term plans consistent with the mission of the University and with a fiscally responsible budget; represents the faculty and appropriate staff to all constituencies, including the administration, students, alumni, and the public; and promotes the University to all constituencies, both internal and external.

Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and supervise all undergraduate and graduate academic affairs, student life, library science, institutional research and assessment, and registrar for the University.
  • Manages, through the campus directors, operations on the Asheville and Columbia campuses.
  • Represents the faculty and academic and student life programs to the University’s Board of Trustees.
  • Coordinates with the Faculty Professional Review Committee regarding periodic formal evaluations of all faculty and provides recommendations to the President regarding tenure, promotion, and continuation of faculty.
  • Directs the annual performance evaluation processes for full-time faculty and academic staff.
  • Oversees, as Chair, the administration of the Faculty Academic Program (Curriculum) Committee.
  • Interacts with the Faculty Status and Hearing Committee and the University Budget Committee to develop appropriate support and compensation programs for faculty.
  • Chairs the campus-wide Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Committee and its related program reviews.
  • Oversees the aggressive recruitment of high quality faculty and academic staff.
  • Coordinates with the Deans to recruit, train, and appoint the Chairs and Program Coordinators within the Academic Schools.
  • Cultivates programs to enhance the learning experience through classroom teaching and other curricular and/or co-curricular modes.
  • Develops programs to support faculty and student scholarship.
  • Coordinates the solicitation of external funding in support of academic programs.
  • Oversees the graduate and adult education programs, with the support of the Assistant Provost and Dean of Graduate and Adult Education.
  • Generates and implements a responsible budget for Academic Affairs and develops initiatives to enhance revenue streams.
  • Maintains an up-to-date Faculty Handbook.
  • Remains current on trends in higher education through conferences, meetings, and publications.


  • Record of distinguished and progressively responsible academic administrative experience in higher education.
  • Extensive experience as an academic dean (preferably a chief academic officer) at a regionally accredited institution.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate for appointment to the rank of Professor with tenure.
  • Track record of academic leadership that demonstrates a commitment to innovation through exemplary teaching and enhanced student engagement.
  • Demonstrated confidence and comfort working in a vibrant and entrepreneurial culture committed to the principles of shared governance.
  • Strong and effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills to support engagement with both academic and non-academic constituencies.
  • Understanding and familiarity with current trends in higher education, particularly related to independent, liberal arts comprehensive universities.
  • Expertise with professional program-level accreditation processes and with institutional-level regional accreditation requirements [e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or other regional accrediting bodies.]
  •  Terminal academic degree in a discipline represented in the University’s academic programs.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience, which includes a competitive salary and benefits.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is an EOE/AA employer under all applicable civil rights laws. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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