University of Houston-Victoria
Provost

Position Profile of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Opportunity

The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

The Provost & VPAA serves as the chief academic officer of the university, reporting directly to the President of UHV. The Provost & VPAA is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the university's faculty and its academic programs and services.  Reporting to the Provost & VPAA is the Associate Provost for University College, the academic deans, the Library, Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

The next Provost & VPAA will have unquestioned integrity, high energy, excellent interpersonal and administrative skills, effective problem-solving and consensus-building abilities, good humor and conflict-resolution skills and a passion for educating students and changing lives.

Preferred qualifications include the following:

  • Earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline relevant to UHV's mission and from an institution with undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Qualification for tenure at the full professor level;
  • Distinguished record of scholarship, research and effective responses to new developments in higher education;
  • A record of progressive, administrative leadership experience (dean or equivalent) with significant decision-making responsibilities at a college or university with undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Experience in academic planning and policy, curriculum development, accreditation, program review, assessment and compliance procedures;
  • Track record of innovative funding initiatives and success managing and interpreting complex budgets;
  • Advocate for resources to support the academic quality and reputation of the university;
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance with faculty in:
    • hiring, evaluation, promotion, retention, and modified roles of faculty;
    • developing new academic programs at all stages, from conceptualization to initiation, implementation, and evaluation;
    • assuring that academic programs meet the needs of existing and potential receiving institutions of UHV graduate and program completers;
    • demonstrating a commitment to academic freedom;
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with campus, System leadership, faculty, staff, students, community members and alumni;
  • Experience with distance learning, including course/program delivery at multiple off-campus sites;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion, and effectively working in a multicultural community; and
  • Experience working with third-party marketing companies to increase enrollment.

The University of Houston System

The University of Houston-Victoria is part of the larger University of Houston System comprised of four universities: University of Houston, University of Houston-Clearlake, University of Houston Downtown, and University of Houston Victoria. The UH System also operates five off-campus teaching centers. Relationships among UHS institutions are collegial and collaborative. Credits transfer easily from one institution to another, and students move freely from one campus' library to another. Each UHS institution has a distinct mission; together, the institutions' missions and programs complement and support one another.

University of Houston-Victoria

UHV, a Hispanic-serving institution, is one of four separately accredited institutions in the University of Houston System. Located in the Coastal Bend region of Texas, UHV serves the educational needs, promotes the economic well-being and advances the quality of life of the community and region through teaching, research and service excellence. The university's main campus is located in Victoria, with significant operations (focused on upper division and graduate programs) in the Western Houston suburb of Katy.

UHV offers bachelor's and master's degrees online and on-campus in Victoria and Katy. Recognized as a leader in distance delivery of instruction and services. UHV enrolled its first freshmen and sophomores in Fall 2010 and has continued to grow its presence in Victoria and Katy, while maintaining its commitment to online delivery. UHV currently enrolls 4,600 students: half of those students being online students, 1,500 on-campus students in Victoria and 900 on-campus students in Katy. With faculty at both campuses (Victoria and Katy), UHV has shown and continues to show commitment to access, outreach, collaboration and expansion of its programs and international involvement. 

UHV is ranked the seventh most affordable public university in Texas, and its Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping students get the most aid possible, whether that is through scholarships, grants or loans. UHV prides itself on the personalized attention faculty and staff provide to students. The faculty-to-student ratio in classes is 18:1. Programs such as the Student Success Center provide students with advising, writing assistance and subject-area tutoring to help them succeed in their classes. UHV has 4,429 students (3,312 undergraduates and 1,117 graduates) from 19 states and 38 countries. The student body is 65 percent female and 35 percent male.

UHV History

The University of Houston-Victoria began as an effort in the late 1960s by the local community to bring a higher learning institution to Victoria. In 1973, after meetings with Texas legislators, community leaders succeeded in establishing an off-campus center of the University of Houston called the University of Houston Victoria Center. In its inaugural year, 100 students enrolled in at the center.

In April 1983, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 235, which granted the institution permanent degree-granting status in the state of Texas. The University of Houston Victoria Center was renamed the University of Houston-Victoria and became the University of Houston System's fourth university.

In October 2008, the UH System Board of Regents adopted a resolution authorizing UHV to seek enabling state legislation to add freshmen and sophomores. In the 81st Texas legislative session, state Rep. Geanie Morrison introduced House Bill 1056, which would allow UHV to expand, and state Sen. Glenn Hegar introduced an identical bill, Senate Bill 567. Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed HB 1056 into law on June 19, 2009. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved UHV to admit underclassmen and offer lower-division courses on Nov. 17, 2009, and UHV also received its first freshman application the same day. UHV's first freshmen and sophomores started taking classes in fall 2010, and the university's first residence hall, Jaguar Hall, opened on the Victoria campus.

UHV started its athletics program during the 2007-08 school year with the Jaguars baseball and softball team. Since then, the teams have strongly competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Soccer and golf programs for both men and women began in fall 2010.

Academics

The University of Houston-Victoria offers 70 bachelor's and master's degrees and concentrations in the fields of arts and sciences; business administration; and education, health professions and human development. UHV provides accredited face-to-face and online programs to students in the Gulf Coast region and beyond.

  • University College
    University College is the academic home for students who have taken fewer than 45 hours of course work or have not yet declared a major.  The faculty and staff help students get settled into college life, choose a major, and transition into upper-division course work.
  • School of Arts & Sciences
    The School of Arts & Sciences is central to the teaching, research and service interests of UHV. Students are prepared to have the skills and intellectual leadership needed in the public and private sectors. Special emphasis is placed on providing students with the critical thinking and technological skills necessary for lifelong success, active citizenship and global awareness.
  • School of Business Administration
    Accredited by AACSB International, the School of Business Administration offers business degrees for the leaders of today and tomorrow. The programs and concentrations are relevant in the dynamic business environment and equip students with the analytical and reasoning skills needed to succeed in diverse economies and cultures.
  • School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development
    There's a common thread that joins the students, faculty and staff in the School of Education, Health Professions, & Human Development: Helping others is a passion of faculty and staff. It's what drives them to teach, learn and strive to make a difference in people's lives.
  • Victoria College & University of Houston-Victoria Library (VC/UHV)
    Beginning this fall, the UHV Library will be located on the upper two floors of the University Commons, a new building currently under construction that is expected to open in August.  This will be a modern, university library concept with all expected components, collections and subscriptions. However, a portion of the Library's collection (the less frequently used items) will be stored a few miles away in specially-designed facilities for quick retrieval and transport to the main Library, as needed.  The Library will also be open to students of Victoria College, the neighboring community college. The Library has a librarian available remotely, during all hours the library is open, for off campus students. The Library teaches research skills and information literacy necessary for students to be successful in their coursework.

Every year, UHV and its degree programs are recognized for their excellence and affordability by outside ranking organizations. Here are just a few of UHV's recent recognitions:

  • The Princeton Review included the School of Business Administration in its list of 2016 Best 295 Business Schools.
  • UHV tied for 12th in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Ethnic Diversity list out of regional universities in the West.
  • The School of Arts & Sciences ranked third nationally on the Affordable Schools 2016 list of Top 20 Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Communications.
  • AffordableColleges.com ranked UHV 18th on its list of most affordable bachelor's degrees in the nation.
  • Readers of the Katy Times chose UHV as the Best College in Katy both in 2016 and 2017.
  • Top Education Degrees ranked the UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development's Master of Education in curriculum and instruction 21st in the nation.

UHV Mission Statement

The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV), a dynamic destination institution serving Texas and the world, is dedicated to providing every student educational and leadership opportunities to become a successful professional and an engaged global citizen. Innovative educational activities challenge students to make meaningful connections between their learning and their lives in a complex world. UHV promotes economic development and advances quality of life through teaching, research, and service excellence.

UHV Core Values

  • Academic excellence accessible to a diverse community.
  • Continuous improvement and responsiveness to emerging issues.
  • Freedom of inquiry and expression of truth in a culture of mutual respect, cooperation, and teamwork.
  • The highest standard

UHV Long Range Strategic Plan 2016-2021

In the fall of 2014, UHS Chancellor Renu Khator set for the University of Houston-Victoria a goal of becoming a destination university with an on-campus student population of 6,000 by 2025. The Long Range Strategic Plan 2016-2021 embodies UHV's ongoing systemic and systematic planning process for meeting this goal as well as for continuing to build its programs and presence in Katy and online. It is the guiding document that communicates UHV's goals and strategic direction providing the framework needed to align resources with strategic priorities. 

Long Range Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Accreditation

UHV is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university has additional accreditations from the AACSB International. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Texas Education Agency, Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Athletics

UHV fields teams in baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's golf. The Jaguars are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and compete in the Red River Athletic Conference.

Victoria, Texas

Victoria is one of the oldest cities in Texas, founded by Martín De León in 1824. Located just two hours away from Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Austin, Victoria resides beside the Guadalupe River. Victoria is rich with history, culture and outdoor recreational activities and serves over 250,000 residents (Victoria Economic Development Corporation, n.d.). The economy continues to grow in Victoria, especially in the areas of manufacturing and transportation industries.

Salary

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of Houston-Victoria in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by March 15, 2019. A complete application will include a letter addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position's duties, responsibilities and qualifications; an academic curriculum vitae, a faculty application and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final round of interviews. The anticipated start is July 1, 2019.

Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should send an email with information about the nominated person to Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. Please include the name, position, address, telephone number and email address of the nominee.

Confidential inquiries, nomination and application materials should be directed to:

Joe Stanley or Alex Matthews

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Phone: (850) 650-2277 / Fax: (850) 650-2272

E-mail: Joe Stanley

E-mail: Alex Matthews