Harper College

Palatine, Illinois

Posted in Education and Training

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William Rainey Harper College (Harper College), a public comprehensive community college in the State of Illinois, invites nominations, expressions of interest and applications for the position of Provost. The next Provost will be an experienced, visionary, and collaborative educator with a passion for student success and the knowledge and skills required to lead the academic, student affairs and enrollment services areas to higher levels of excellence.

Harper College is now one of the nation's premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving nearly 30,000 students annually in Chicago's northwest suburbs. Most of Harper's activities take place on the 200-acre campus in Palatine, Illinois. The College also has the Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights; partners with Elgin Community College at the Education and Workforce Center in Hanover Park; and offers onsite classes at individual company locations on a contracted basis.

Harper College degree and certificate programs are organized in 10 Academic Areas of Interest to help guide students on a path to completion and success. These include: Art, Design and Performing Arts; Business, Entrepreneurship & Information Technology; Education; Engineering, Math & Computer Science; Health Science; Liberal Arts, Language & Communication; Manufacturing & Construction; Physical & Life Science; Public Service; and Social Science. Along with degree programs, Harper offers 100 certificates in more than 40 career programs. Harper is home to 654 faculty (194 full-time and 460 part-time) and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

As a member of the Executive Cabinet, the Provost reports to the President and serves as the chief academic and student affairs officer. In support of the college's mission, vision, strategic plan, philosophy, and core values, the Provost executes visionary, strategic and equity-focused leadership to develop and review all instructional programs and services, facilitate continued development of innovative teaching practices, enhance and promote student success, maintain open access, and enrich the campus life experience.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications are due by April 7, 2023. The search page, which includes the Executive Search Profile and application and nomination links, is located here.

RH Perry & Associates is assisting Harper College with this search. All confidential communications may be directed to our search team: Mr. Jesse Thompson at (617) 901-4880, or Dr. Kimberly James at (860) 690-3204, or to

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