Friday, August 04, 2006


Vedanta University ad for Chief Academic Officer

of Chronicle of Higher Education.

Position: Chief Academic Officer
Institution: Vedanta University
Location: India
Date posted: 7/28/2006

Vedanta University
Rewrite the history of academia

Lead India to the forefront of academic excellence as the

Chief Academic Officer

of the Vedanta University

With a land area of over 8000 acres, the Vedanta University campus is located in a picturesque setting on the eastern coast of India along the Bay of Bengal. Liberal Arts, Basic Sciences, Engineering, Law, Management, Communications, Architecture, Medicine and Performing Arts are the core disciplines that will be introduced in a phased manner after the commencement of the University in July 2008. The university has a very strong research focus with special emphasis on cross disciplinary research in areas such as Agricultural Research, Information & Communication Technology, Health Sciences, Rural Economics and Manufacturing Sciences.

An initial endowment of $1 Billion for this not-for-profit university has been committed by Mr. Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc. The university has an independent board of trustees which confers complete managerial, financial, and academic autonomy to the University administration.

Ayers Saint Gross, the internationally renowned Architectural firm based in Baltimore, MD, have been hired to design the master plan and architectural guidelines for the campus. The first phase of this state-of-the-art campus and world class township (for both students and faculty) is expected to be ready by January 2008. The trustees of the Vedanta University Foundation are currently in the process of hiring experienced University administrators and academicians to form the core management team of the institute.

eporting directly to the President and the Board of Trustees, the Chief Academic Officer provides leadership, vision, and coordination for all aspects of Academic Affairs. His/Her responsibilities will include determining core academic agenda, faculty size, roles and responsibilities, recruitment strategy and governing policies. One of the initial challenges for the CAO will be to hire the core set of individuals who will go on to become the deans of the various schools. He/She will be expected to articulate approaches to research and work closely to ensure that the academic vision of the university is coordinated with the campus plan and architecture.

Candidate Profile: 10-15 years of experience at a top tier university in the US or UK and working at a senior level administrative position (President, Provost, CFO, Dean, etc). India related experience would be useful.

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Please send a resume and cover letter by August 28th, 2006 to

Categories: Chief academic officers/vice presidents, Provosts

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