Functional Title: Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Classification: Salary, Exempt
Organization: Lubbock Christian University
Division: Institutional
General Description: Provost

Essential Functions:  The Provost is the chief academic officer and is responsible for ensuring that the academic affairs of the university are executed in accordance with federal, regional, state, and local statutes; accreditation principles, standards, and requirements; board and university policies; and other commonly accepted higher education standards and practices. In addition, the Provost is responsible for ensuring that financial resources are allocated to the various divisions of the University and controlled using commonly accepted accounting principles and standards.  To aid in the execution of these functions, the following administrators and support staff report directly to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Dean, Alfred and Patricia Smith College of Biblical Studies
  • Dean, Hancock College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Dean, B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies
  • Dean, Honors College
  • Director of Global Campus
  • Registrar
  • Director of the Library

Major Duties  

The Provost performs the following duties in a manner consistent with the mission, values, and policies of Lubbock Christian University. 

  • Represent the university at the federal, regional, state, and local levels as assigned.
  • Represent academic affairs in institution-wide strategic planning and assessment, policy-making, budgeting, resource allocation, and other broad functions.
  • Confer with appropriate university personnel and constituencies and review institutional data as a part of the decision-making processes pertaining to the various divisions of the university.
  • Report academic affairs activities to the board of trustees, executive leadership, faculty, and staff.
  • Oversee and/or participate directly in the day-to-day operations of all academic affairs functions.
  • Oversee and/or participate directly in the adherence to, and the development, implementation, and/or review of all academic policies and procedures.
  • Oversee and/or participate directly in academic affairs strategic planning and assessment.
  • Oversee and/or participate directly in accreditation processes.
  • Oversee and/or participate directly in the development of new and evaluation of all academic affairs programs.
  • Oversee and/or participate directly in the recruitment, development, supervision, evaluation, and corrective and disciplinary actions, including termination, of all academic affairs employees.
  • Oversee and/or participate in the development, adherence to, and implementation of accurate and realistic budgets.
  • Oversee and/or participate in the allocation of resources to all divisions.

Knowledge and Skills 
The Provost and Chief Academic Officer must possess requisite levels of the following knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices pertaining to higher education.
  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices pertaining to the academy and academic affairs.
  • Knowledge of the principles, standards, and requirements of accrediting bodies and other external governing entities.
  • Knowledge of board and university policies governing the university.
  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices of leading people.
  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices of human resource management.
  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices of organizational management.
  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices of strategic planning.
  • Knowledge of the general principles and practices of budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Knowledge of technological applications to higher education.
  • Knowledge of program and curricular design, delivery, and assessment.
  • Skill in all forms of communication.
  • Skill in strategic planning and assessment.
  • Skill in decision-making, problem solving, and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in leading, supervising, developing, and evaluating assigned staff.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships and processes.
  • Skill in budget preparation and forecasting.
  • Skill in resource management and allocation.
  • Skill in utilizing technological applications for higher education.
  • Skill in program and curricular design, development, and assessment. 

Requirements   
The Provost must:

  • Have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Have a substantial record of successful academic leadership and administrative experience.
  • Uphold Christian principles and behave in a manner consistent with those principles.
  • Uphold the mission and values of Lubbock Christian University.
  • Be an active member of a congregation of the Churches of Christ.

Accountability:  The Provost is responsible to and is continuously evaluated by the President of the University.

How to Apply

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of at least three academic references, and full contact information. No references will be contacted without the permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: president@lcu.edu. For submissions via US mail, please send to: LCU Provost Search Committee, Lubbock Christian University, 5601 19th street, Lubbock, Texas 79407, Attention: Office of the President.

For more information, please visit LCU.edu/provost.