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Provost & VP, Academic Affairs

Apply now Job no: 537176
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Pomona
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Search for the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, CA 


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona or CPP) seeks a strategic, collaborative, and experienced leader to serve as the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost). The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University, overseeing all academic programs, including instruction and research. The incoming Provost will join CPP at a time of significant momentum as the campus strategically advances its work as an innovative and inclusive polytechnic institution. Leveraging the University’s numerous successes and institutional assets—including robust enrollment demand, affordable, high-quality educational programs rooted in the philosophy of “learning by doing,” and an unwavering dedication to student success, career readiness, and social mobility—the Provost will join President Soraya Coley and a mission-driven leadership team to shape CPP for years to come. 


Cal Poly Pomona, one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 such institutions nationwide, has offered a unique education steeped in experiential learning since its founding in 1938. With a variety of degree programs spanning arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the University serves over 26,000 students who are taught and mentored by more than 1,700 faculty. The campus offers 56 baccalaureate, 32 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctoral program in educational leadership across nine colleges.


Cal Poly Pomona has consistently ranked as the No. 1 polytechnic university in the nation for promoting social mobility for ten consecutive years. Additionally, the University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and was placed among the top 25 institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The University takes pride in its No. 2 position in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the West and its recognition as the No. 15 best-value college in the nation by Money Magazine. While each ranking is a snapshot of achievement, taken collectively, they provide a picture of an institution whose students graduate with the skills needed to succeed in a dynamic and evolving work environment. These successes are similarly marked by CPP’s accrediting body, WSCUC, which awarded a maximum 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation in 2020 and a successful mid-cycle review in 2023-24. For more information about the University, please visit 


Given this context, the successful candidate for the Provost position must demonstrate a strong track record as both a successful faculty member and an experienced institutional leader, possessing the academic, financial, operational, and strategic acumen necessary to provide collaborative and transparent leadership within the University community. The ideal candidate will hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution and exhibit a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship, warranting appointment at Cal Poly Pomona at the level of full professor with tenure. Moreover, the candidate should have substantial and progressive academic management experience and a proven track record of success to help develop and advance an institutional plan to move CPP forward. The successful candidate must also demonstrate a steadfast commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion and have experience in fundraising activities to support the needs of Academic Affairs. 


The salary range for this position is $310,000 - $330,000. Cal Poly Pomona also offers a comprehensive benefits package; more information is available at:


Cal Poly Pomona has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by March 22, 2024. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


David Bellshaw, Phuong Ta, and Nancy Pan

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome St., Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111 


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.

Cal Poly Pomona provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at




Out of State Work

The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU’s mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture, and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU’s business operations almost exclusively reside within California.   The CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. For more information, go to


Background Check

Cal Poly Pomona will make a conditional offer of employment to final job candidates, pending the satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check). The conditional offer of employment may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. In determining the suitability of the candidate for the position, Cal Poly Pomona will give an individualized assessment to any information that the applicant submits for consideration regarding the criminal conviction history such as the nature, gravity and recency of the conviction, the candidate’s conduct, performance or rehabilitation efforts since the conviction and the nature of the job applied for. For more information, go to


Employment Eligibility Verification

Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  For more information, go to


Conflict of Interest 

This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file financial interest disclosure forms subject to state regulations.  For more information, go to   


Outside Employment Disclosure 

Executive and Management Plan Personnel employees must disclose all current outside employment at the time of hire as a precondition of hire and at the following times after hire: annually in July, within 30 days of accepting outside employment, and upon their manager’s request.  For more information, go to   


Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. See policy at


Security & Fire Safety 

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Cal Poly Pomona’s Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for viewing at: and


Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination

As a federal contractor, Cal Poly Pomona will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  For more information, see the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision poster.


Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at For more information, go to Employment Notices.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and veteran or military status.  We engage the talents of all qualified workers, regardless of their background. More information is available at Equal Employment Opportunity statement.


Other Notices

For other important employment notices, we invite you to visit Cal Poly Pomona’s Employment Notices web page.

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