The New Alphabet Affecting Provost Effectiveness

The role of the chief academic officer has been transformed over the past decade. High expectations for traditional leadership in areas of scholarship and collaboration with the faculty continue. However, while historical expectations require that academic administration be rooted in the faculty's intellectual life, contemporary expectations challenge that fact as necessary but insufficient. The academic leadership position has rapidly evolved toward requiring many of the skills and perspectives of a chief operating officer. The question facing many campus presidents and faculties, as well as search committees, is this: How can these two sets of skills be found in one person?

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