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What is a Provost?

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the senior academic officer for the university campus. The Provost oversees all academic activities, including academic personnel, budgets, programs and priorities. She/he ensures the quality of the faculty and student body by providing leadership in matters related to academic programs and policies, promotion and tenure, faculty recognition, library, university outreach, student retention, academic support services, the Honors College, Institutional Analysis Assessment and Reporting, Service Learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and International Programs Office. The deans and leaders of academic administrative units report to the Provost.

The President of the University charges the Provost with a variety of specific duties, including:

  • Academic quality and student success
  • Ensuring a positive learning and working environment
  • Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan
  • Institutional accreditation and accountability
  • Recruiting and maintaining a top-quality faculty
  • Managing academic appointments, searches, tenure, and promotion
  • Leading the university’s internationalization efforts