Welcome to the CCS Provost Search Webpage.
The College for Creative Studies has engaged Korn/Ferry International to conduct the search for our next Provost, to succeed Imre Molnar who died of a heart attack in December. Imre’s death was a great loss to the College; but thanks to his many contributions and those of our extraordinary faculty, staff and students, the College is poised to continue the pursuit of its ambitious goals guided by our strategic plan. The new Provost will not only lead the College’s academic activities but will also be its chief innovation officer. We seek a strong and imaginative, proven leader who will share our commitment to educating the best artists and designers, engaging deeply with our community, and assuring that the College is relentlessly creative itself.
I have appointed a search committee that will begin to consider application materials immediately. I am grateful for the committee’s dedication to this important effort, and will look forward to their counsel and guidance as they review and advance candidates in the process. I expect the committee to bring finalists to campus in early fall 2013, when the campus will have a chance to meet and reflect on these candidates. I plan to have a Provost appointed shortly after these visits. This process is highly confidential, and the committee has been instructed to share no information regarding the candidate pool with anyone inside or outside the College.
I encourage you to review the position summary located below. Please feel free to send candidate ideas should anyone come to mind, and I also encourage you to consider the position should the opportunity resonate with your career goals and experience. All correspondence, application materials, and nominations may be sent directly to:
Paul H.L Chou, Senior Client Partner
Rosa Morris, Senior Associate
For full consideration, prospective candidates should send a CV and cover letter by August 1, 2013.
Thank you for your interest in the College for Creative Studies.
Richard L. Rogers
Richard Rogers, CCS President and Committee Chair
Mollie Fletcher, adjunct faculty, Crafts
Sheila Hamp, Trustee and chair, Trustee Education Committee
Manal Kadry, Industrial Design and Art Education alumna and lead art teacher, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies
Don Kilpatrick, Asst. Prof. and chair, Illustration and Faculty Assembly executive committee member
Anne Masterson, senior director for corporate and foundation relations, Institutional Advancement
Terese Nehra, director, Career Services
Scott Northrup, Asst. Prof., Entertainment Arts
Carolyn Peters, Assoc. Prof., Transportation Design and chair, Faculty Assembly
Sharon Procter, Associate Provost
Chad Reichert, Assoc. Prof., Graphic Design
Maria Luisa Rossi, Professor and chair, MFA Interdisciplinary Design
Robert Schefman, Professor and chair, Foundation
Michael Stone-Richards, Professor, Liberal Arts
Provost Position Summary
College for Creative Studies
Reports directly to the President
The College for Creative Studies seeks a creative, visionary and entrepreneurial leader for the position of Provost. Reporting to the President, the Provost will have an extraordinary opportunity to advance a distinctive college incorporating a range of forward-looking programs in visual arts, media and design. As the chief academic officer of the College, the Provost is responsible for all matters related to academic operations including oversight of faculty and curriculum and is a catalyst for innovation. In collaboration with the President, leadership team, and faculty, the Provost will implement and evolve the College’s strategic plan to build upon the College’s excellence through program development, faculty professional development, encouragement of greater interdisciplinary learning, integration of new technologies, and promotion of partnerships with varied outside organizations. The Provost will help to enhance the College’s reputation by serving as a spokesperson for it locally, nationally and internationally and advocating for the value of art and design to society.
The College for Creative Studies
The College for Creative Studies’ passion is transforming students from unfinished canvases into masterpieces. When they graduate, they have become the type of individual thinkers who will change the world of art and design. A private, fully accredited college of art and design located in midtown Detroit, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students from 27 states and 13 countries, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising: Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. The College’s elite faculty know what it takes to be successful in art and design, because they have had successful professional careers. They have won prestigious awards, worked for major companies and made the decision to help young creatives develop their talents. CCS attracts faculty members who have an international point of view – people who have traveled and worked all over the world. They encourage students to seek new directions and find their individual voices. All of this adds up to a faculty that has the ability to guide their students to master the skills needed to succeed, leading them to the jobs of their dreams and the kinds of careers that feed their relentless need to create.
CCS’s world-class facilities are located on two sites – the Walter & Josephine Ford Campus and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, just a mile apart. Within each site, students have access to the latest equipment and workspaces found in the leading creative companies. CCS’s curriculum teaches the type of critical thinking and professional skills that give graduates great flexibility and many options as their careers unfold. The accomplishments of its alumni clearly demonstrate this. They occupy senior management positions, run their own companies, are respected exhibiting artists and sought-after experts in their fields. CCS graduates today are working for companies such as Pixar, Sony Dreamworks, Motorola, Whirlpool, Nike, Reebok, Bongo Comics, Trek Bicycles, Shinola, Fossil, Airstream, Henry Ford Health System, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, Volvo and many more.
CCS’s commitment to world-class higher education in art and design is matched by its deep engagement in community education and economic development. Its Community Arts Partnerships program provides free art education to 4,000 inner-city youth annually and collaborates with residents to develop public art in Detroit’s neighborhoods. Jointly managed by CCS and Henry Ford Learning Institute, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school, housed in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, that enrolls more than 800 students in a high performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design. A major player in advancing Detroit’s creative economy, the College operates, with Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), also in the Taubman Center. DC3 delivers business acceleration and attraction services and develops signature programming tailored specifically to creative professionals’ needs. Currently, DC3 is mentoring 24 creative companies. The Taubman Center is also home to Shinola, a new for-profit company that is restoring watch and bicycle manufacturing in the United States, right in Detroit. With these constituents, the Taubman Center represents a unique school/college/business collaboration model, sharing resources and providing opportunities for mentoring and teaching across age groups.
All of this takes place in a city with a legacy of cultivating innovation and creativity. Be it cars, hit albums or incredible art, Detroit has a long track record of rolling up its sleeves and working hard to excel at the task at hand. For more than 100 years, the College has been an anchor of the region’s creative community and economy while educating students for roles in creative industries around the globe.
Mission Statement of the College for Creative Studies
The College for Creative Studies’ mission is to nurture the creativity that is vital to the enrichment of modern culture. The College educates visual artists and designers, knowledgeable in varied fields, who will be leaders in creative professions that shape society and advance economic growth. The College fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, embrace their responsibilities as citizens of diverse local and global communities, and learn throughout their lives. The College engages in community service by offering opportunities for artistic development and opening career pathways to talented individuals of all ages.
The Provost is the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for all matters related to the academic operations including oversight of faculty and curricular matters. The Provost will serve as a spokesperson for the College locally, nationally and internationally, working as an advocate for the value of art and design to society. The following is a listing of the major responsibilities of the position:
- Promote the College’s national and international reputation during an extraordinary period in the city of Detroit’s transformation
- In close collaboration with the President, and consistent with the College’s strategic plan, provide vision and leadership to maintain and foster academic programs and support services of the highest quality
- As the College’s innovation leader, guide the development of new academic programs and initiatives consistent with the College’s strategic plan
- Work closely with the President and other senior colleagues in strategic planning, goal setting, budget planning and implementation, enrollment management, technology planning and resource development
- Enhance the role of interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the College’s educational programs
- Foster initiatives to expand research activities and promote scholarship in the creative disciplines
- Create a sense of unity and shared purpose within the College
- Manage, recruit and advance an outstanding and diverse faculty appropriate to the College’s mission
- Through the Associate Provost and Deans of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, supervise the academic departments
- Manage the reappointment and promotion of full-time faculty, in collaboration with the Deans of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and the President
- Manage the reaccreditation process and serve as the liaison between the College and the various accreditation agencies
- Supervise and annually review the performance of the Executive Assistant to the Provost, Associate Provost, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Graduate Studies, Assistant to the Provost, the Directors of Academic Facilities, Academic Technologies, Center Galleries, Exhibit Services, Library, and the Student Success Center
- Play an active role in expanding corporate partnerships and integrating industry collaborations into academic programs, where appropriate
- Help to advance the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, focusing on strengthening its art and design curriculum and developing greater collaboration between the College and School
- Collaborate with the President and the College’s advancement team, in developing resources to support the College’s educational programs
- Communicate the vision of the College to prospective students, alumni, foundations, employers, and external partners
Opportunities for CCS
Key opportunities for the CCS where the Provost will have impact include:
- Enhancing the international and national reputation of CCS
- Developing new and innovative degree programs
- Developing meaningful and relevant interdisciplinary programs
- Attracting the best and brightest faculty and students in design and the visual arts
- Leveraging new technologies to extend our pedagogical and professional reach
- Exploring on-line learning systems and opportunities
- Expanding our presence and outreach efforts in the Detroit Metro area, and beyond
The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in a relevant field and academic qualifications appropriate for appointment as a full Professor at the College for Creative Studies. He/She will also have a record of distinguished creative practice and/or scholarship and accomplished teaching. In addition to candidates currently holding academic positions, outstanding academically qualified candidates from industry or other non-conventional profiles will be considered.
Qualifications and Experience
- A terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in one of the disciplines taught at the college
- A minimum of 6-10 years of experience in higher education (in both administration and teaching)
- Substantive relevant commercial experience working in an art or design field outside of academia
- Excellent interpersonal skills, public speaking skills, and writing ability
- Knowledge of the contemporary digital technologies used in educational and professional art/design environments
- Demonstrated experience as an intellectual and creative leader
- A record of substantial administrative achievement, with demonstrated managerial and organizational skill and ability to recruit, manage and motivate a diverse team
- Demonstrated experience in aligning programmatic and budgetary priorities
- A successful track record of forming creative partnerships
- Interest in and aptitude for institutional advancement and alumni relations, including building external relationships with partners who share common goals and values
- Appreciation for the College’s educational mission and for the role of the arts in our society
Understanding the Mission
- Knows art and design education and higher education more generally and possesses the mission-critical skills needed to do the job; understands how colleges operate; able to learn and teach new methods to advance the mission.
Making Complex Decisions
- Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.
Creating the New and Different
- Is able to come up with the next great breakthrough thing to do; is creative, a visionary, and can manage innovation; is an effective strategist full of ideas and possibilities; sees multiple futures; has broad interests and knowledge; can both create and bring exciting ideas to fruition; comfortable speculating about alternative futures without all of the data.
- Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.
Getting Work Done Through Others
- Manages people well; gets the most and best out of the people he/she has; sets and communicates guiding goals and motivates and inspires people to meet them; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future.
Acting with Honor and Character
- Is a person of high character; consistently acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.
Being Open and Receptive
- At ease and relaxed; easy to talk to and get to know; listens attentively; is an open book; has a positive sense of humor; deals calmly with stress and gives people a chance to catch up.
CCS offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.
Applications and Nominations
The College for Creative Studies has retained the services of Korn Ferry to assist with this search. Review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Preference will be given to candidates who submit their materials by August 1, 2013.
Prospective candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of 5 references. References will not be contacted without your permission. Nominations, applications and inquiries should be sent to:
CCS is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The College values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds.
Paul H.L. Chou