Wayne State University

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Letter from the Provost Search Chair

Dear candidates and university friends:

Welcome to the Wayne State University website for the Provost search. The information and links on this site have been designed to provide background information about the university, an overview of the position, and the qualifications we expect from those who wish to be considered as candidates.

Wayne State is a nationally recognized public research university serving nearly 28,000 students through 370 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges. We are classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” The university also has the Carnegie Foundation’s most comprehensive classification for community engagement.

Our beautiful urban campus occupies 210 acres of buildings, pedestrian malls and green space, including the newly renovated Fountain Court and the McGregor Pond and Sculpture Garden that received a historic preservation award in 2014. Over the past several years, the university has embarked on a number of projects to build or renovate campus buildings that have a major impact on students, faculty and staff.  This includes the new Integrative Bioscience Center (IBio), a 200,000 square-foot building that encourages interdisciplinary research that aims to translate new discoveries to improve human health and society that was dedicated in October, 2015.  In addition, extensive renovations totaling $26.5 million were made to the Student Center Building. The University acquired and will do nearly $5 million in renovations to the Detroit Institute for Children located at 5447 Woodward. The School of Social Work will be relocated to the facility to better accommodate their growth.  The School of Business recently received a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch that will be used towards building a new, state-of-the-art business school facility, located on the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Temple Street. The building is expected to open in 2018.

Located in Midtown Detroit, Wayne State takes its role as an urban research university very seriously. We have undertaken a major renewal of our neighborhood and brought the city its first research and technology park. Every day, new partnerships with business, government and other institutions strengthen our ability to bring social, cultural and economic progress to Detroit and southeast Michigan. From health care to city planning, our faculty seek to understand and resolve critical issues that face Detroit and other large urban areas, and use these as teaching opportunities for our students.

While applications will be accepted until a new provost is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by November 25, 2015 to assure optimal consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Wayne State University.

Dr. Stephen M. Lanier
Vice President for Research
Chair, Provost Search Committee