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Office of the Provost

Provost Search

Seattle University, a highly selective, independent, Catholic, Jesuit institution seeks a creative, collaborative, compassionate, and forward thinking leader to serve as its next Provost. This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative leader to position Seattle University as a model for how a university deeply rooted in its mission can respond and thrive in a complex environment, teach and reach a highly diverse population of students, and strongly connect with and serve society. Reporting to the President and working in collaboration with faculty, students, and staff, the Provost will be at the forefront of continuing Seattle University’s advancement towards greater excellence and enhancing the alignment of the academic and student experience with the mission and values of Seattle University within the thriving city of Seattle.

The search committee began its work in June 2016. Working with executive search firm Isaacson Miller, the committee met with a wide range of university colleagues. The feedback from those listening sessions helped the committee compose the Provost Opportunity Statement, a description of the role of the provost as well as Seattle University’s collective hopes for the future. Isaacson Miller used the Opportunity and Challenge Profile to advertise and recruit for the position.


February 2016 - Seattle University Provost Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., was named the 14th President of the University Puget Sound.

March 2016 - President Fr. Sundborg, S.J., announces Vice President for University Planning & Vice Provost Robert Dullea, Ph.D., will serve as Interim Provost.

June 2016-January 2017 – Seattle University community actively engaged in a Provost Search.

February 2017 – Following campus visits of two finalists, in consultation with the Search Committee and giving careful consideration to evaluations from our faculty, staff and students, Fr. Sundborg, S.J. decided not to offer the position of provost to either of the candidates. Read his message to the campus community here.

April 2017 – Relaunch of Provost search. Search committee meets to review Opportunity and Challenge Profile.

Summer 2017 – The search co-chairs and/or advisory committee members to review additional unsolicited applications submitted in response to advertising. Isaacson, Miller interviewed candidates and notes impressions and recommendations for search advisory committee. Presentation of full candidate pool, including resumes and cover letters, to the search advisory committee. Search advisory committee decides on which candidates to interview.

October 2017  Search advisory committee conducts confidential in person, off-site interviews with candidates and selects recommended finalists. Isaacson, Miller conducts background checks and extensive references on each candidate and reports findings to the decision maker and search advisory committee co-chairs. 

October - November 2017 – On-campus interviews for the finalists. After interviewing eight semi-finalists in mid-October, the Committee has chosen four finalists. We look forward to welcoming these candidates to our campus. For each visit, there will be a Campus Open Forum and meetings with other constituencies. We will set up an online evaluation form for SU members to fill out. 

Finalist Interviews and Visits 

  • Tuesday, October 31
    Campus Open Forum: 12:30-1:45 in Pigott Auditorium
  • Thursday, November 2
    Campus Open Forum: 10:30-11:45 in Pigott Auditorium
  • Tuesday, November 7
    Campus Open Forum: 12:30-1:45 in Pigott Auditorium
  • Thursday, November 9
    Campus Open Forum: 12:30-1:45 in Pigott Auditorium

November 2017

Final Debrief

Meeting between decision maker, search advisory committee, and search firm to discuss search advisory committee impressions, campus feedback, and reference summaries for each finalist.  

The Final Choice        

Hiring executive reviews all references and evaluation materials and selects preferred candidate.  

Contact Search Co-Chairs

María Bullón-Fernández, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
English Department
(206) 296-2684

Timothy P. Leary, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
(206) 296-6160