Baylor University is seeking a highly respected scholar with exceptional accomplishments in research, teaching, and administration to join the leadership team of President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. The new provost will come to Baylor at a time of great optimism and significant momentum. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Baylor is both the state’s oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning and the world’s largest Baptist university. Baylor, a nationally ranked private, Christian institution with more than 17,000 students, is located in Waco, Texas, which is centrally located between Dallas and Austin and in the midst of a dramatic revitalization.
Baylor's dynamic president, now in her second year, has infused the University community with new energy and excitement as students, faculty, and staff join with the president in looking forward to the appointment of a new academic leader. The new provost will find a welcoming community ready to join in helping to create an even greater Baylor - preparing men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
President Livingstone enthusiastically embraced Baylor’s previous strategic vision, Pro Futuris, which focused on five aspirational principles: Transformational Education, Compelling Scholarship, Informed Engagement, Committed Constituents, and Judicious Stewardship. Pro Futuris boldly asserted the University’s intention to seek to enter “the top tier of American research universities while deepening our Christian commitment. We are inspired as we continue to grow and be known as a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity that resolutely embraces its Christian identity.”
The president has enlarged the scope of that vision in Illuminate, a newly adopted and ambitious strategic plan designed to allow Baylor to achieve "R1: Highest Research Activity" status while remaining grounded in our Christian faith in the Baptist tradition. Illuminate contains four pillars that reflect the historical commitment of Baylor to be a community recognized for:
In addition, Illuminate identifies five areas of focus:
These signature initiatives will enable the creation of centers of research excellence through multidisciplinary scholarship and collaboration with faculty appointments from departments, schools, and external partners. These interdependent initiatives will connect with one another through faculty partnerships, calls for research, and provision of funding.
Additional information about Illuminate can be found at https://www.baylor.edu/illuminate.
The new provost will have the exciting opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and administrators to continue development and lead implementation of Illuminate. The new provost will be doing that from a position of strength, joining an institution blessed with a diverse and accomplished student body, an exceptional faculty committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, a healthy financial position, a strong endowment, and a large and wide community of faithful alumni, friends, and supporters. In support of Illuminate, the University has launched a $1.1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign.
With such aspirations, the University is seeking an exceptional leader who has a reputation of modeling character, earning academic recognition, and delivering administrative accomplishments with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and a mature Christian faith.
Candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with academic standing sufficient for appointment as tenured, full professor and a Christian commitment. Desired personal and professional attributes are as follows:>/p>
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will begin immediately. For full consideration, completed applications should be received no later than January 2, 2019. Off-site interviews to select finalists will be held the weekend of January 31 through February 2, 2019. Finalists will be invited to campus shortly thereafter.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a CV and a cover letter expressing interest and addressing the following:
The University has retained AGB Search to assist with this search, and our consultants can provide additional information about the position. Confidential inquiries, nominations and referrals may be made to:
Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.