Qualifications and Characteristics

The Executive Vice President and Provost must be a bold, intellectual, and collaborative leader who is deeply committed to Christ and to service of the Church. Additionally, this person must be able to qualify for appointment as a tenured, full professor at Baylor and thereby possess a distinguished record of achievement as a faculty member in research, teaching, and service. Further demonstrated qualifications and personal characteristics for the position of Executive Vice President and Provost include the following:

Academic visionary

  • Commitment to and a demonstrated record of accomplishment in furthering an institution’s quality education, academic excellence, and scholarly activity with professional/personal integrity in both undergraduate and graduate education and research;
  • Advancing the academic enterprise and Christian mission of Baylor through strategic faculty recruitment, retention, reward, and development.
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of shared governance, with evidence of the ability to work effectively within a governance system and to foster partnerships among multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as leaders in the local, national, and global business, political, social, and governmental sectors;
  • An ability to inspire trust, create relationships across the institution, and cultivate a sense of community and shared vision;
  • Commitment to and a demonstrated record of accomplishment in furthering academic freedom and supporting the principles and process of tenure; and
  • Commitment to diversity among faculty, staff, and students, along with an understanding of how to advance a culture that is welcoming and encouraging of dialogue across lines of difference.

Inspirational leader

  • A deep commitment to maintaining and strengthening Baylor’s Christian identity;
  • A demonstrable commitment to and support of integrative learning across academic disciplines and divisional boundaries;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and negotiation skills;
  • The ability to articulate and exemplify the vision and mission of the University to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Willingness to be visible on campus and within the greater Baylor community, whether locally, nationally, and internationally;
  • An understanding of emerging issues in academic affairs and higher education; and
  • Fund raising experience coupled with a record of demonstrated achievement.

Highly effective manager

  • Creative and facilitative leadership experience in administering academic programs, including personnel and budgetary matters, with proven results informed by evidence-based assessment and decision-making;
  • The ability to establish university-wide measures of institutional effectiveness and monitor progress relative to specific annual and long-term goals;
  • The ability to assume a university-wide perspective in making and implementing difficult administrative decisions;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and nurture an environment that recognizes excellence and promotes a positive atmosphere of achievement and selfless service for students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and
  • A person of the highest integrity.