Provost Chief Academic Officer


Jacksonville University (JU) seeks engaged, innovative, visionary leaders to apply for the position of Provost – Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The CAO is responsible for the development, administration, growth and quality of all academic programs and supporting functions. Responsibilities include articulation of an academic vision, leadership in academic planning, development and administration of academic budgets and facilitation of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. The CAO acts for the President in his or her absence.

Essential job duties include:

  • Coordinate and oversee faculty and administration recruiting and hiring in the areas under Academic Affairs.
  • Make final recommendations to the President in all personnel matters in the areas under Academic Affairs, including appointments, re-appointments, awarding of tenure, salaries and raises, ranks and promotions, leaves of absence and retirement.
  • Provide leadership to the faculty and make final recommendations to the President on curriculum matters.
  • Administer the academic policies and requirements of the University; counsel students in these and other matters. Promote excellence in teaching and scholarship and the increased use of technology in teaching and administration. Ensure that all programs have an on-going program of assessment, including oversight of regional accreditation.
  • Provide leadership and direct supervision to those reporting to the CAO.
  • Develop budgets and monitor expenditures for the academic offices under the CAO, coordinating with the Office of the Vice President for Financial and Facilities Management.
  • Assist the President and the Office for Advancement in fund-raising and public relations efforts of the University by actively participating in appropriate state, regional, and national organizations including charitable and civic organizations. Assist the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to encourage faculty application for grants and contracts.

Successful applicants will have a strong record in academic administration and leadership, demonstrated excellence in teaching, research/scholarship and service in higher education; including strong team-building skills and the ability to work with diverse groups from all segments of the University and community.

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Position start date projected for January 1, 2020. Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Administrative Philosophy
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research
  • Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Please submit materials electronically to Mary Gipson, PhD, FNP-BC, Faculty Chair, Provost Search Committee, at

The Vision of Jacksonville University is to be a nationally and internationally recognized university known for signature programs, an inviting and supportive campus and success of its students. The Mission of Jacksonville University is to prepare each student for life-long success in learning, achieving, leading and serving.

Jacksonville University is named as an “America’s Best College” in the south for more than 10 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report and is a premier private institution in northeast Florida. Founded in 1934, JU offers more than 100 majors, minors, and programs, including degrees in Business, Marine Science, Engineering and Nursing, as well as those in the more contemporary and specialized fields of Aviation, Healthcare Sciences, Film, Animation, and Sport Business.

Jacksonville University is located in a beautiful setting in suburban Jacksonville, Florida, along the St. Johns River and just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. The 240-acre campus includes a half-mile of riverfront, oak-lined paths, and a mix of historic and new campus buildings. The University maintains a legacy of service to the community and has been an ardent supporter and provider of cultural and educational programs which enhance the quality of life for Jacksonville and Florida’s First Coast citizens.