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Attributes of the Next Provost & Executive Vice President

The next provost/EVP should present a combination of personal and professional qualities that directly address the agenda for leadership and institutional opportunities presented in this profile. This student-centered leader will fully embrace Whitworth's mission "to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity." In addition, the successful candidate will:

  1. Follow Jesus Christ with sincere and humble faith.

  2. Honor and uphold Whitworth's Reformed and evangelical heritage while respecting Whitworth's theological breadth and ecumenical spirit as it intentionally draws staff and faculty from many orthodox Christian traditions.

  3. Model with intellectual vitality the integration of faith and learning, the value of the liberal arts and sciences, the importance of the professions, and the virtues of service and citizenship in relationship to the important issues of the day.

  4. Understand and value the history, ethos, tensions, culture, and core values of Whitworth University.

  5. Possess an earned terminal degree and an outstanding record of academic achievement.

  6. Have a significant amount of senior-level leadership experience within higher education, and demonstrated success in supervisory and budget management roles.

  7. Exhibit integrity, transparency, accessibility, respect, humility and deep appreciation for community.

  8. Administer university programs and policies with an appropriate balance of the following virtues: creativity and predictability, firmness and flexibility, grace and truth.

  9. Care for and value students, including their educational, emotional, social, and spiritual and physical well-being and development.

  10. Possess strong leadership skills, including a capacity to develop and maintain healthy relationships across a wide spectrum of individuals, work with a team, build consensus, and communicate and collaborate with members of the campus and community.

  11. Show evidence of demonstrated success in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and the ability to foster just and trusting relationships across all differences.

  12. Value people, foster their giftedness, encourage and weigh new ideas, and empower faculty and staff to serve students with excellence.

  13. Think clearly, listen carefully, write well, and speak effectively.