Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences, Thessaloniki, Greece


Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences, the higher education branch of the American Farm School (AFS), a not-for-profit US institution with its campus at AFS in Thessaloniki, Greece, is seeking applications for the provost position.


Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment & Life Sciences, a branch of AFS, was founded as a two year College in 1996 to offer higher education programs for careers in food and agricultural industries.  In 2007, the College began offering B.Sc. degrees in Environmental Systems Management, Food Science and Technology, and International Business. Today, the College offers B.Sc. degrees in five disciplines and three M.Sc. degrees and is presently holding “candidacy” status for US accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


As an institution of higher education, Perrotis College provides degree programs that are both research-based and practically oriented, which respond to the public’s social, economic and environmental concerns. Servicing students from rural and urban Greece, Southeastern Europe, the European Union, the United States and worldwide, Perrotis College pursues the following educational goals:

  • To enable students to learn and critically analyze contemporary information, methods and technology, and to share and apply their learning in the pursuit of professions in or related to agriculture, business, tourism and the food industry;
  • To develop in students a strong theoretical and practical foundation in agricultural, tourism, and business disciplines in order to pursue graduate study or advanced training;
  • To develop student skills and abilities in interpersonal leadership, communication, entrepreneurship, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking;
  • To foster student awareness of contemporary global issues and sensitivity to cultural diversity and interdependence;
  • To encourage graduates to become an integral part of their communities to offer contemporary learning, build networks, and foster sustainable, productive living and working environments; and
  • To encourage the pursuit of learning beyond traditional college years, providing ongoing access to and dissemination of information, knowledge, and skills that contribute to an abundant food and fiber supply;
  • promote the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; and enhance the sustainability of agricultural and economic systems.


To be a leader in agricultural and life sciences education and applied research in Greece and the Balkans. To be a highly respected and flexible model educational institution in agriculture and life sciences, operating at the forefront of science and technology, producing graduates able to compete internationally, and perpetuating the best values of the U.S. and Greece.

The Provost

Reports directly to the President, the Provost serves as chief academic officer for the college and is a member of the President’s senior leadership team. 

S/he promotes the college externally, as well as internally, fosters a campus climate consistent with the college core values and vision, and is committed to the achievement of the college strategic plan and annual priorities. S/he works with academic deans and faculty to ensure that college academic offerings meet the needs of students and the broader region it serves.  

As senior executive of the college, the Provost leads the Strategic Leadership Team and oversees all daily operations.  S/he oversees implementation of the academic plan and promotes academic excellence through collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork with academic deans, faculty, staff, and actively seeks student input as appropriate.

Understands and is committed to the tri-partite mission of a modern and innovative college of agriculture, environment, and life sciences;  

Ishighly committed to an international, diverse student body and with strong connections with US academic institutions;   

Ensures that necessary infrastructure and human resources provide sufficient support for growth of the college enrollment and areas of studies;    

Assigns priorities leading the college towards pursuit of its mission and a successful NECHE accreditation;   

Advocates cultural and organizational change within the college, fostering a reflective organization adaptable to change;

Integrates, in collaboration with AFS management, the Farm as a learning and research laboratory for undergraduate and graduate studies;

Works with faculty, administrators, and staff to provide a quality learning environment facilitating innovating teaching and technological infrastructures;

Collaborates with the Institutional Student Services Center, which provides assistance, consultation and support with an effective array of student support services;

Fosters a campus climate that is consistent with Perrotis core values and promotes open communication avenues throughout campus and college;

Serves as an active participant and spokesperson for Perrotis offering in Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences with business, educational, and community organizations;

Serves or chairs and supports participation in governing councils or committees;

Works collaboratively with Campus Directors and the President to ensure a college-wide outlook and coordinates campus support services to ensure institutional safety and growth;

Assures adherence to college policies and procedures and assumes compliance with rules, regulations, and laws of Greece and accrediting agencies;

Serves as college liaison for development of new facilities, necessary renovation, and technological initiatives;

Participates in recruitment, enrollment planning, and scheduling processes;

Leads College development efforts to fund programs and projects, and cooperates with AFS Development Office as appropriate; and

works with the Institutional Financial Services Office, regarding development and management of the college budget, related annual priorities, and the overall AFS organization.

 Experience and Qualifications

  • leadership experience in college operations with managerial responsibility in a collaborative team environment;
  • knowledge and experience in addressing and mitigating student-related issues;
  • experience in applying latest instructional technologies;
  • a track-record of championing and nurturing diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities for students, faculty and staff
  • knowledge of policy formulation and analysis methods to ensure practical policies; and
  • skills to maintain a fair and decisive leadership style with ability to make independent judgements.


As an effective, efficient and proven successful leader, the Provost must document the following: 

  • a doctorate or terminal degree preferably in natural sciences or agro-food related areas; (a post-doctoral experience would enhance the application),
  • a record of successful teaching, research, and outreach services, 
  • ten to fifteen years of experience in higher education with a record of successful, performance-driven leadership at the graduate and undergraduate levels,
  • demonstrated ability in building and maintaining partnerships,
  • experience in budget preparation and management,
  • ability to improve current programs and/or operations able to expand in new directions,
  • strong written and oral communication skills in English and Greek, and
  • forward-thinking result-oriented leader in a fast-changing environment.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

Please provide three references who can attest to applicant’s experience, qualifications, and requirements listed in this announcement.

To nominate someone or to apply please contact:

Despina Theodoridou
Human Resources Department
American Farm School
Perrotis College
54 Marinou Antipa
P.O. Box 60097, 57001 Thermi
Thessaloniki, Greece
T: +30-2310-492740  F: +30-2310-492719

Date for full consideration of applications:

October 20th, 2020 or until a suitable candidate is found

All applications will be processed with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.


Perrotis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other status or condition protected under the law.  Perrotis College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in our workplace.  
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