About the Provost Search
Millersville University – one of the 14 members of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) – invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The new Provost will succeed Dr. Vilas A. Prabhu, who has served in this role with distinction since 2004.
Located in the beautiful Lancaster region of Pennsylvania, Millersville is a high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive public university that delivers a personal and high quality academic experience to a wide range of students. The University offers its approximately 7,817 students over 90 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, including doctorates in social work, educational leadership and nurse practice. Millersville serves diverse, motivated undergraduate and graduate students who want to learn and grow in a supportive environment that promotes exploration and discovery. The exceptionally committed faculty and staff are proud of the institution’s accomplishments and high degree of engagement with the community.
Under the dynamic leadership of President Daniel Wubah, appointed in 2018, the campus has entered a phase of renewed excitement, new program development, fundraising success, and commitment to its mission. Millersville is seeking an experienced academic leader with the vision and management capabilities to build on this momentum and partner with the president, faculty, students and staff to take the University to even higher levels of academic excellence and student success.
The new Provost will express a passion for the mission of public higher education and an understanding of the important social, cultural and economic roles the University plays in the region and state. A leader who brings an authentic commitment to building a truly diverse and inclusive campus as well as the agility and innovative vision necessary to position Millersville for a long and successful future is critical. Equally important is the need for the Provost to apply strong management skills in leading the office of academic affairs as Millersville embarks on a new strategic plan within the context of the PASSHE system’s transition to a more efficient organizational structure. An earned terminal degree and a record of teaching and scholarly accomplishment sufficient to merit a tenured appointment at Millersville University is highly preferred.
More information on this position and how to apply can be found in the Leadership Profile.
Millersville University’s next Provost will have the opportunity to contribute to this special and vibrant university’s future successes and will be presented with the opportunity to achieve the following professional and personal accomplishments:
- Join the top leadership ranks of a financially stable, well-respected university that is truly centered on – and guided by – its EPPIIC values
- Serve as a passionate advocate of the academic mission to enhance the university’s resources, reputation, and quality;
- Personally oversee the implementation of the academic affairs elements of a thoughtful and comprehensive strategic plan that will further build the university’s mission, relevance and resources;
- Partner with a new president, a cohesive and collaborative senior leadership team and a dedicated and energetic corps of faculty and staff to increase Millersville’s national presence and recognition;
- Be an active and influential academic leader within the Lancaster region and across the state, and meaningfully impact the quality of life of the region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Karen Rice, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Dr. John Kaiser Ortiz, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Ollie Dreon, Professor, Educational Foundations
Dr. Scott Anderson, Associate Professor, Library
Dr. Duane Hagelgans, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
Dr. Deborah Tamakloe, Associate Professor, Early, Middle and Exceptional Education
Dr. Robyn Davis, Associate Professor, History
Diane Copenhaver, Director of Human Resources
Chris Steuer, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Kathy Cody, Secretary, Mathematics
Renardo Hall, Associate VP for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Yang Zhang, Admissions Counselor
Cecelia North, Senior Associate, Office of the President
Human Resources Support
Andrea Hauri, Assistant Director of Human Resources
WittKieffer is pleased to support Millersville University in the search for its next provost and vice president for academic affairs.
We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions throughout the search.
John Thornburgh, Senior Partner
Elizabeth Bohan, Senior Associate
Search Coordination and Logistical Support
To suggest potential candidates or forward nominations, or to send inquiries or comments to the entire search team, please email: MillersvilleProvost@wittkieffer.com
Search Committee meeting. President conveys formal charge. Process and timeline reviewed. Committee provides input for Leadership Profile.
Consultants meet with President, cabinet, Deans and other representative constituent groups to gather input for Leadership Profile.
Leadership Profile and ads finalized and approved by Search Committee. Ads placed. Position posted and website launched.
Mid Oct. - Early Dec.
Proactive outreach - consultants recruit candidates and solicit nominations. (Application Deadline: December 4)
Search Committee receives update on recruiting activities and market feedback. Discuss interview process and questions.
Committee reviews candidate files (posted electronically) and selects 8-10 for preliminary interviews.
Finalize interview questions
Jan. 12, 13, & 14
Committee holds confidential interviews with 8-10 candidates. Committee finalizes list of 4-5 candidates to be invited for campus visits.
Finalist candidates are invited to campus for conversations with select groups of academic affairs and university constituents. Feedback provided to Search Committee as part of final due diligence.
Search Committee conducts candidate review with President
President finalizes and announces appointment of new Provost
Provost assumes office