Office of the President - Provost Search

Provost Search

Fort Lewis College invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest in the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The mission, history and aspirations of Fort Lewis College are interwoven with the history and people of southwest Colorado and the Four Corners area. A public regional comprehensive institution grounded in the liberal arts with its own board of trustees, Fort Lewis College plays a critical role in contributing to the state’s economic and cultural vitality by providing excellent post-secondary education to a richly diverse student population. Fort Lewis College is unique among institutions of higher education in its history and commitment to the education of Native American. Its diverse student body hails from 49 states, 173 Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages, and 22 countries. Its faculty is deeply committed to academic excellence and independent, personalized, collaborative, experiential learning.

The Fort Lewis College campus is stunning – a crossroads of education, rich cultures, and adventure, where a uniquely beautiful mountain campus inspires an active and friendly community. Transformative learning experiences foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, and life-long learning. The 247-acre campus, cited as one of the most beautiful in the US, is situated in southwestern Colorado at 6,872 feet atop a mesa overlooking the Animas River Valley and historic downtown Durango. Among its many accolades, the college has been named a Top 100 Producer of Minority Bachelor’s Degrees by Diverse Education, one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes, and a Best Western College by the Princeton Review. More information about the college may be found on our website.

The next Provost of Fort Lewis College will join the institution at a critical juncture as it lays the groundwork for the next generation of growth and achievement. With the arrival of a new President in summer 2018, the college is developing an inspiring vision that will honor the College’s mission and history while developing innovative solutions to ensure its future. This vision is anchored in serving our students through supportive student success structures, inclusive curricular and co-curricular experiences, and independent learning opportunities that cultivate skills necessary for future professional success as well as serving the region through increased outreach and curricular programing.

The college seeks a proven, successful leader with a deep understanding of and familiarity with higher education and a record of achievement in leading and managing change in complex organizations. A comprehensive view of how to serve a diverse population of students, contemporary best practices in academic and strategic planning and data-based decision making are also required. Candidates shall have a collaborative and transparent approach to leadership, an established track record of designing and executing high-level initiatives, an interest in Fort Lewis College’s people, the willingness and ability to embrace and embody the mission of the college, and the relationship building and communication skills to connect with Fort Lewis College’s constituents. A Ph.D. is required.

Nominations and expressions of interest may be sent to Application materials should include a cover letter and curriculum vita and will be made public should the applicant become a finalist.

For best consideration, send materials by March 1. Appointment will begin on July 1, 2019.

For further details, see the leadership profile.

Important dates

  • March 1: Applications Close
  • Week of March 25: First round of interviews
  • April 4-12: On-campus interviews
  • May 1 (approximately): Announcement of new Provost
  • July 1: Start date

The Search Committee

The search committee, charged and selected by the President, is comprised of faculty and staff  from across campus:

  • Dr. Anne McCarthy, Associate VP for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Math – Search Chair
  • Liz Bahe, Director of the FLC Diversity Collaborative
  • Dr. Richard Fulton, Dean, School of Education
  • Dr. Gary Gianniny, Professor of Geoscience, Faculty Representative to the BOT
  • Dr. Caroline Kulesza, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Michael Martin, President of Faculty Senate and Professor of History
  • Michele Peterson, Associate VP of Finance and Administration
  • Chance Salway, President ASFLC
  • Steve Short, Board of Trustees
  • Katherine Smith, Lecturer, Sociology
  • Dr. Deborah Walker, Professor, School of Business Administration


Message from the President

In four short months, I’ve listened to the campus community, been inspired by impactful work, and engaged in a collaborative process to identify strategic directions for the future of Fort Lewis College.  It has been a semester of rich and honest dialogue about how we can position ourselves to support students of all backgrounds, serve our diverse region, and create learning opportunities that are valuable to contemporary learners.

High-level conversations of vision and strategic planning will soon shift to more detailed matters of implementation and execution. A provost search gives us an opportunity to make concrete plans for realizing our goals to serve students and our community.  Dynamic leaders eager to be on the front end of innovation are encouraged to apply.

I know interested candidates will find the Fort Lewis faculty and staff willing and extremely able partners in serving our students in even more impactful ways.


President Fort Lewis College