Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

Ontario (CA)
17 Oct 2017
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16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
Western University

Western University is seeking an exceptional academic leader to join our vibrant community as our next Provost & Vice-President (Academic) to provide a key leadership role in the advancement and ongoing success of one of Canada's top universities. 

Founded in 1878, and considered Canada's most beautiful university, our main campus encompasses 400 acres and includes a unique mix of gothic and modern architecture. Our students come from over 100 countries and are characterized by high academic achievement and a broad world view. They benefit from "The Western Experience," a philosophy that emphasizes an innovative learning experience and challenges students to meet the highest standards in and out of the classroom, preparing them for future success. Our alumni network of over 260,000 graduates make significant contributions around the world in every walk of life.

Western has established itself as a destination for academic excellence and we are home to over 1,350 distinguished faculty. The depth and breadth of our research, from fundamental to applied discovery, is extraordinary.  Our Strategic Plan, “Achieving Excellence on the World Stage,” has guided the institution in recent years and helped strengthen our University’s national and international reputation. We are on pace to surpass our $750-million goal for our “Be Extraordinary” fundraising campaign in 2018.
Our incoming Provost will be a visionary leader with the highest academic standards and the ability to oversee a broad and dynamic portfolio.  We are looking for a collaborative leader with exceptional interpersonal skills who engages the academic community; has compelling academic standing in their field of study; significant experience in recruiting, training and supporting high-achieving faculty across a range of disciplines; a highly developed history of leadership and management experience, and strong financial acumen gained in a major academic institution at the Dean or Vice President level.   Working together with our University community our new Provost must be able to develop and implement a compelling vision for our academic future which leverages our unique strengths and proud history.

Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups / visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process by contacting our search consultant (see below). In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Western is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver on this search process. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be downloaded at quoting reference 3286. For informal inquiries, please contact Audrey Gamet at