The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the University. The Provost works closely with the President in administering, overseeing, and guiding the academic programs of the institution and in developing and promoting a set of academic priorities that will be accomplished with the highest possible quality.
The Provost supervises the academic deans as well as a number of academic support and student service units, including the offices of Undergraduate Education, the Graduate School, University Libraries, Student Affairs, International Affairs, University Press, and Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. The Provost works closely with other senior administrators in establishing, implementing, financing, and evaluating the major educational, research, and service initiatives of the University. The Provost authorizes academic appointments and recommends to the President on all promotion and tenure decisions.
The Provost helps insure that the University champions core values, such as freedom of expression, decency and civility in behavior and discourse, the educational benefits conveyed by diversity of intellectual viewpoints and backgrounds, and a spirit of inclusiveness that should enliven a community while at the same time strengthening its stability.