Academic Affairs

To Apply
Send resume/CV, cover letter, and reference list to:
person Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources
phone 859-344-3314
place Thomas More University, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017


Thomas More University



The Position

The Provost, as the chief academic and student life officer of the University, is responsible to the President for the development, coordination, integrity, and quality of all academic programs at Thomas More University and the integration of student life programs into the full student experience.  The Deans of three Colleges (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, and the College of Education and Health Sciences); the Institute for Ethical Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies; graduate programs; Associate Provost; Associate Vice President for Adult and Professional Studies; and the Dean of Student Affairs report to the Provost.  Additionally, the Provost oversees the Registrar, the Benedictine Library, and the Thomas More Success Center.  The Provost reports directly to the President and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Essential Functions

  • Provide vision and leadership to the University and to various constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, accreditation agencies, alumni, higher education partners and vendors, employers, etc.
  • Provide academic leadership and the development of a strategic academic plan with strong student outcomes.
  • Support and advocate on behalf of a dedicated and strong faculty.
  • Serve as a financial steward of institutional resources with particular attention to the management of financial resources.
  • Work closely with Enrollment Management to support recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Work closely with the President and Institutional Advancement to support the philanthropic activities of the University.
  • Facilitate institutional level adaptation to environmental changes in the landscape of higher education.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Working to integrate and further the university mission while safeguarding and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution, consistent with Ex Corde Ecclesiae[1].
  • Working collaboratively with the President and the President’s Cabinet to accomplish the vision and strategic plan of Thomas More University.
  • Working collaboratively with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to increase new student enrollment and improve student retention and graduation rates.
  • Creating and sustaining a high-level of excellence by supporting faculty teaching, service to the University, and scholarship and research.
  • Inspiring, developing and supporting a strong faculty. To raise the overall academic reputation of the University, the Provost must recruit and retain a strong and diverse faculty who are mission-driven as well as knowledgeable and supportive of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
  • Working collaboratively with the Vice President for Finance and Operations to ensure the development of a budget that prioritizes funding according to institutional objectives.
  • Ensuring academic excellence in the development of new and revised academic programs (undergraduate and graduate); professional education programs; and delivery format.
  • Developing partnerships with local, regional, national and international organizations to support the advancement of our students both academically and for employment opportunities.
  • Increasing high-impact student success practices, including learning communities, service learning, study abroad, mentoring and research with faculty, field or internship experiences, and capstone experiences.
  • Providing academic and student leadership experiences that focus on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
  • Ensuring that academic program assessment and curriculum development are current and supportive of the University’s vision and viability.
  • Working collaboratively with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement to assist the President in accomplishing the University’s annual and campaign fundraising objectives.
  • Working with students to ensure that the student experience is aligned with the vision and strategic plan of the University.
  • Working collaboratively with the Academic Affairs and Enrollment & Student Life Committees of the Board of Trustees to ensure that a strategic dialogue is facilitated to accomplish the University’s vision and strategic plan for a mission-driven educational experience.


Thomas More University seeks a mission-driven and strategic leader with a commitment to a Catholic Liberal Arts Education.  The Provost will possess:

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service that demonstrates commitment to academic excellence and merits appointment as a full professor with tenure.
  • Significant experience as a faculty member and academic leader who can effectively partner with the President and the University faculty.
  • A proven record of success as a strategic leader and innovator.
  • A strong commitment to student success and the integration of academic and student life.
  • A demonstrated experience in learning assessment and regional accreditation standards.
  • A strong commitment of actively supporting and encouraging faculty development and student success (inside and outside of the classroom).
  • The ability to work collaboratively with the President and the President’s Cabinet to advance the University, Catholic Education, and the advantages of a Liberal Arts Education.

Application Process

The deadline to apply is January 6, 2020.  To ensure full consideration, candidates are asked to submit their cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement regarding their teaching philosophy, a one-page statement regarding the values of a Catholic Liberal Arts Education, and the names and contact information of five references.  References will only be contacted with prior notification and permission. 


Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications (as described above) should be sent in confidence to:

Laura Custer

Director of Human Resources

Thomas More University

333 Thomas More Parkway

Crestview Hills, Kentucky 41017




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