Academic Affairs

Provost Search

Candidate Forums

  • James D. Moran III, Ph.D.
    Open Forum:
    2:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Muenster University Center 216/216A

  • Lee B. Kats, Ph.D.
    Open Forum:
    2:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, Muenster University Center 216/216A

Leadership Profile

Read the USD Provost Leadership Profile.

The Position

The University of South Dakota invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer of the University. The provost will report directly to the president, James W. Abbott, and is responsible for academic leadership, the promotion of faculty interests, and the intellectual life of the institution and its students.  Under the leadership of President Abbott, the university has embarked on a new strategic plan through 2017 with the goal of being the best small public flagship university in the nation built upon a liberal arts foundation. USD's provost will be a key partner in the success of this plan. 

The University of South Dakota is a comprehensive, public liberal arts research university with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students, a highly engaged faculty, and a faculty to student ratio of 1 to 17. Located in Vermillion, SD on the bluffs of the Missouri River, USD is the state's flagship institution and is designated the only public liberal arts university in South Dakota. A vibrant setting for innovation, artistry and discovery, with research and creative activity opportunities across disciplines, USD was named one of the nation's best institutions for outstanding undergraduate education by The Princeton Review's Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition. In addition to individual research projects, the university hosts multi-disciplinary competitive research centers that foster academic excellence and spur economic growth. Graduate and professional programs are available in the School of Education, Beacom School of Business, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students regularly receive prestigious national scholarships and awards. 

With over $100 million in recently completed capital projects, the 321 acre park-like campus is an attractive centerpiece to the charming community of Vermillion. Income tax free South Dakota soared to the top of CNBC's America's Top States for Business in 2013. Factors that led to this #1 ranking were the economy, quality of life, cost of doing business and cost of living.  

The provost guides the strategic focus and quality of all academic programs at USD. In addition, the provost is charged with the development and administration of the academic budget for the institution. The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate, academic and scholarly credentials consistent with appointment as a tenured full professor, and progressively significant academic leadership experience with line responsibility as a dean or higher. Candidates must bring a strong commitment to USD's array of programs, as well as the ability to foster partnerships across disciplines, colleges, and educational partners. The provost is expected to model commitment to the achievement of women and minorities. The successful applicant must represent the University's academic programs effectively to the public, the media, alumni, donors, sponsors, and policy makers.

The University of South Dakota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. USD is committed to becoming a regional leader in Inclusive Excellence by embedding the values of diversity and inclusiveness into every facet of the institution. More information about the University of South Dakota may be found at

Procedure for Candidacy

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for five references. Additional information about the University of South Dakota and the position can be found at The search will be conducted with respect to the confidentiality of candidates; references will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate. Applications, nominations or confidential inquiries concerning this search may be sent electronically by email to Lucy Leske or Jennifer Biehn, the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting USD with this search, at Review of candidate materials will begin immediately, with appointment expected July 2014. 

Search Committee
  • Dr. Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., vice president of health affairs and dean of the Sanford School of Medicine, search committee chairperson
  • Sheila Gestring, vice president of finance
  • Laura Jenski, Ph.D., vice president of research
  • Larry Schou, D.M.A., dean of the College of Fine Arts
  • Jesús Treviño, Ph.D., associate vice president of diversity
  • Matt Sayre, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of anthropology
  • Angeline Lavin, Ph.D., C.F.A., professor of finance
  • Kelly Duncan, Ph.D., associate professor of counselor education
  • Chris Hutton, USD School of Law
  • David Moskowitz, Ph.D., professor of music
  • Dan Van Peursem, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the mathematical sciences department
  • Kim Grieve, dean of students
  • Tyler Tordsen, USD student
  • Savannah Peters, USD student
  • Roberta Hakl, USD Human Resources
  • Sally Slama, Academic Affairs staff member