Update, 3/27/17

Rockford University President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr., D.M.A., as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective this summer. Dr. Mihalyo will succeed Belinda Wholeben, Ed.D., who will retire after 23 years with the University at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, serving the last two years as provost. Read more >>

Position Profile

Rockford University, a co-educational, four-year private institution in Rockford, Illinois, is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/VPAA). Appointed by and reporting to the new University President, Dr. Eric Fulcomer, the Provost/VPAA serves as a member of the President’s Executive Council and is responsible for the strategic leadership of all academic and student life programs and activities of the University.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Supervise through the deans and chairs, all academic colleges and departments of the University, both undergraduate and graduate.
  • Supervise through directors or governance processes, all academic services including the library, advising, the Center for Learning Strategies, faculty development, and the registrar.
  • Supervise through the Dean of Students and the respective directors, all aspects of Student Life, including Career Services; Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Disability Support Services; Student Activities; Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement; and Residence Life.
  • Coordinate with faculty officers the interaction and communication between the faculty and administration, and facilitate the operation of the faculty governance structure.
  • In alignment with faculty governance structure, recommend all full-time faculty and academic administrative appointments and make recommendations concerning the reappointment, promotion, and tenure of faculty to the President.
  • Prepare and monitor, in conjunction with the deans and chairs, the annual operating budget of all academic areas of the University, and with the Dean of Students, all student life areas.
  • Serve as a steward of institutional resources.
  • Serve as the principal liaison with all accrediting agencies to ensure that the required quality standards are maintained, with special focus on accreditation requirements regarding the assessment of student learning.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all faculty committees, with the exception of the Concerns & Liaisons, Admission/Retention, and Graduate Studies committees.
  • Serve as the administrative liaison to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Serve as the chief executive officer of the University in the absence or disability of the President.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution;
  • Proven leadership experience working in a liberal arts higher educational institution;
  • A distinguished record as a teacher and scholar;
  • A practical and intellectual commitment to higher education;
  • An understanding of the culture of a residential liberal arts institution;
  • An understanding of the culture and work of Student Life programs at a liberal arts institution;
  • An experience-based understanding of accreditation practices; and
  • A commitment to working effectively with other administrators, staff, and faculty in communicating the mission of the University.

Chartered in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary, the institution became Rockford College in 1892 and became fully co-educational in 1958. On July 1, 2013, the college transitioned to Rockford University. Upon retirement of the University’s 17th president, Robert L. Head, Ph.D., on June 30, 2016, Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D. became president on July 1, 2016, and was inaugurated as the 18th president on November 4, 2016.

Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” the University currently serves approximately 1,300 full-and part-time students. The University is pleased to continue to grow its enrollment and has exceeded its goals for the last three years.

Best known of the University’s graduates is Jane Addams (1881), founder of Chicago’s Hull-House and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1931). The University educates men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society. The University has approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. At the graduate level, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education (MEd).

On October 8, 2015, the University proudly announced the public phase of its capital campaign, Rock Solid & Ready: The Campaign for Rockford University. Through this campaign, the University will raise $17.3 million to enhance our campus environment and the student experience.

More About Rockford, Ill.

Located in northern Illinois just 90 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Chicago, the City of Rockford is situated on a scenic riverfront and is home to 150,000 people who enjoy an urban atmosphere with the resources and benefits of a larger regional, combined statistical area of over 450,000. Known as the “City of Gardens,” Rockford has 7,000 acres of parks and public gardens. Within a few miles of the Rockford University campus, there are numerous restaurants, theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, museums, and galleries.

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Search Process and Timeline

Rockford University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt – Fennell. Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to December 27, 2016 to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Rockford University is an AA/EOE employer.

Search Committee

The Provost/VPAA Search Committee is a strong, representative group of the Rockford University campus community. It consists of the following members: Deborah Mogford, Search Committee Chair, Faculty Trustee, and Faculty (Department Chair and Professor of Performing Arts); Dawn Hallsten ’73, Board of Trustees (Academic Affairs Committee Chair); Betsy Hegel ’81, Board of Trustees; Sharon Bartlett, Faculty (Assistant Professor of French); Ann Boe, Faculty (Assistant Professor of Physical Education); Jeff Hendry, Faculty (Professor of Performing Arts); James Marshall, Faculty (Associate Professor of Biology); Chris McCullough, Faculty (Department Chair and Unit Head; Associate Professor of Education); Deepshikha Shukla, Faculty (Associate Professor of Physics); Todd Fischer-Free ’00, Staff (Assistant Vice President for Student Administrative Services); Scott Mitchell, Staff (Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life); and Bern Sundstedt ’77, Administration (Vice President for Institutional Advancement).


Provost/VPAA Search Committee
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Deborah Mogford, Chair


Released in 2014, our Regional Economic Impact Analysis quantified the added value Rockford University generates for our regional community. In total, Rockford University and our students generated an additional $118.1 million in income to the economy.