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Executive Leadership Opportunity

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Davenport University cultivates a community where similarities and differences are understood, respected and valued. We actively promote full participation of all community members and seek multiple perspectives and diversity of thought.  Diversity, equity and inclusion is the framework for the way we engage talent and use resources, including physical and fiscal, to conduct business as we equip students, faculty and staff for an inclusive way of being and leading in the world. Davenport University's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the Hispanic Advocate Award in 2014 and the 2016 Giving Back Award. 

Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost

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Founded in 1866, Davenport University is a private, non-profit university with campuses across Michigan and online serving nearly 7,500 students. Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 80 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers.

Davenport University has five colleges: the Donald W. Maine College of Business, the College of Technology, the College of Health Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Urban Education. DU’s online Global Campus works closely with the colleges, allowing Davenport to offer nearly all of its programs and courses in an online format.

Working in partnership with the President, Leadership Team and Cabinet, as well as deans, faculty, staff and students across the university, the Provost will lead Davenport to foster a thoroughly engaged academic community enriched through excellence in teaching and learning, meaningful co-curricular activities and deep engagement with employers.


Our current Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost is retiring which has created an exciting opportunity for our team to recruit another innovative, collaborative leader to fill this essential role and contribute to DU’s Academic success at an exciting time for the University. 


  • Unleash the creativity of faculty and staff through effective organization and allocation of resources in response to a clear academic strategy
  • Ensure that Davenport’s academic programs are growing, excellent, distinctive, and relevant
  • Lead and support the Deans and Student Service Leadership in their efforts to deepen the quality of the student experience
  • Be a champion and role model for the Inclusive Culture of Quality
  • Embrace and strengthen the rich and diverse academic community that Davenport represents


The Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost will possess a distinguished career demonstrating academic and administrative success positions him/her to be regarded as an intellectual leader at Davenport.  S/he will have a tireless passion for higher education and a clear, compelling vision of academic excellence. In addition, the Provost will have the following qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate and a record of distinguished academic accomplishment sufficient to earn the respect of faculty, staff and students.
  • Demonstrated record of academic administrative leadership, with multi-site experience and forward thinking online programs a plus.
  • Successful administrative experience with academic budgeting,financial planning and measureable quality.
  • Proven experience in recruiting, developing, retaining, and evaluating faculty and professional staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in faculty rank and promotion.
  • A demonstrated understanding of high quality teaching and learning at undergraduate and graduate level, including experience with career-oriented programs.
  • Demonstrated experience developing innovative programs and curriculum that meets clearly identified market needs.
  • An established record of success working with a diverse staff, faculty and campus population; demonstrated commitment to diversity in areas of hiring, promotions, student enrollment and retention.
  • Experience with accreditation and the assessment of learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated record of excellent interpersonal and leadership skills including the ability to motivate a diverse faculty and staff in support of the strategic vision, partner with academic and administrative leaders, and effectively problem solve and negotiate.
  • A well regarded history of the highest personal and professional ethics, character and integrity.
  • An appreciation for the value of private, career oriented, student-centered education.
  • An ability to communicate with diverse audiences: to collaborate and communicate effectively with multiple university constituencies in different locations
  • Strong communication skills with a commitment to inclusiveness, transparency and consensus building.


Davenport University’s culture embraces a community where similarities and differences are understood, respected and valued. We promote full participation of all community members and support multiple perspectives and diversity of thought.

Full-time team members are  eligible for a robust array of benefits that include medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with 10% employer contribution, tuition remission, and generous paid-time-off.  This executive level position is eligible for additional benefits, which will be discussed during the interview process.


For additional information about Davenport University, West Michigan and this opportunity, visit:

Are you ready to apply?  Apply now using our online application. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.


Executive Vice President for Alumni and Development

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Summary of Position:

 The Executive Vice President for Alumni and Development is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of comprehensive alumni and development efforts resulting in increased awareness, fund development and support of the University. This is a highly visible position that is directly responsible for the University’s alumni relations and development activities. This position is responsible for cultivating relationships and working with the President to enhance giving. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University’s mission, vision, and values that include diversity, equity and inclusion.

Organizational Structure:

The EVP for Alumni and Development reports directly to the President.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve on the President’s Leadership Team and Cabinet and advise the President on all alumni and development matters.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive, multi-year fundraising strategy.
  • Create an annual development plan, including goals, strategies, tactics, resource requirements, and budget to meet ongoing fundraising needs.
  • Direct all development activities of the University, including, but not limited to, major gifts, annual and capital campaigns, and planned giving.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships, working in conjunction with the President and other University executives and volunteers, to enhance giving.
  • Develop and oversee a prospect management system that includes “moves management.” 
  • Hire, train and develop alumni and development staff.
  • Provide leadership for special alumni and development events.
  • Participate with the Board of Trustees.
  • Engage in the strategic planning activities of the University.
  • Lead the Davenport University Foundation as Executive Director and Secretary, serving the Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for Corporate relationships and development for the University.
  • Provide leadership to enhance funding through public and private grants. 
  • In collaboration with University leadership, plan and execute comprehensive campaigns.

 Are you ready to apply?  Send Nominations or Cover Letter and Resume to:

Jill Lasman
Senior Vice President