Michigan State University is beginning the search for its next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

North campus on a beautiful fall day

October 2019

Michigan State University is embarking on a search for a new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

The search process will be guided by a diverse, inclusive and distinguished search committee of faculty, staff, and students representing many areas of the university. The committee will work with Parker Executive Search, an executive search firm specializing in higher education administration, to develop a position description detailing the qualities and traits MSU desires in its next provost.

As the chief academic officer for the institution, the provost is a very important position, providing leadership on matters that affect academic programs, research and outreach involving all faculty, students and staff. I am confident our search committee members have the understanding and dedication to find a candidate who shares our priorities for student success, campus safety and diversity, as well as our commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and world-changing research.

We plan to bring finalists to campus in the spring, and it is our goal to have a new provost identified by the end of the spring semester. I would appreciate your patience and flexibility as the committee proceeds thoroughly and thoughtfully.

Please check back regularly for updates, including timeline and position description and to nominate candidates for the position.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
President