Provost for Academic Affairs and Workforce Education

Position Overview

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Polk State College invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost for Academic Affairs and Workforce Education.

The Provost for Academic Affairs and Workforce Education oversees the curriculum, faculty appointments, and other academically related areas of the College and has oversight for the learning initiatives of the divisions of Academic Affairs and Workforce Education. As the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost provides visionary and strategic leadership to promote and foster excellence in all aspects of the College’s mission as directed by the President. The Provost works collaboratively as a member of the President’s leadership team on long-range planning, implementation, and continuous improvement for the institutional strategic plan and on other relevant College-wide matters. The Provost provides collaborative administrative leadership and oversight required for the highest level of quality in the College’s comprehensive range of learning initiatives. The position requires a leadership style that exemplifies Polk State College’s Core Values of Service, Integrity, Knowledge, Diversity, and Leadership.

Polk State College, located in Central Florida, is part of the Florida College System that consists of 28 state colleges. The College is a multi-campus institution with a total of seven locations across Polk County including three collegiate high schools. Polk State is a leader with innovative programs and outstanding faculty and staff. Polk State is proud to be Polk County’s largest institution of higher education, serving nearly 13,000 degree-seeking students and more than 9,000 individuals in workforce training each year. The College’s commitment to providing access to affordable, quality associate and baccalaureate degree programs and certificate and workforce training opportunities is a commitment to building and enhancing the local community.

GOALS: Advance and Promote the Mission; Articulate a Bold, Unifying Academic Vision & Strategy; Strengthen the College’s Commitment to Student Success; Assist in Achieving Long-Term Financial Sustainability; Build Trust and Affirm a Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strengthen Student Recruitment, Enrollment, Retention, and Success Enhance Academic Operations.

Preferred attributes and more information regarding the Provost and Polk State College can be found in the leadership profile above.

Nominations and Applications

To assure full consideration, applications should be received by February 20, 2023. Applications must include:

  • A letter of interest addressing Polk State College’s strategic objectives and the desired attributes identified in this profile;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • Five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the candidate.

Applications (PDF format is preferred) should be sent to:

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Rod McDavis, Ph.D. Managing Principal, (804) 514-1982

Melissa Trotta, Ed.D. Associate Managing Principal, (202) 380-8927

Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender transition, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment.