Interim Provost Don Dodson is the University's chief academic officer with responsibility for all educational programs and offerings of the University, as well as academic policies, faculty affairs and personnel matters, and student life issues. The Provost provides leadership to the Deans, Vice Provosts, Chief Information Officer, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Director of Institutional Research and the Executive Directors of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Center for Science, Technology and Society to ensure that the educational programs and offerings are consistent with the University's vision, mission and values. NOTE: The title provost dates back to the 10th century.
The Provost has primary responsibility for the efforts to advance the two core strategic initiatives of the University outlined in its Strategic Plan:
Building a Community of Scholars: We will foster a vital community of scholars whose members collaborate as partners in learning and scholarship.
Providing an Integrated Education: We will foster the education of the whole person and enable students to make connections among different forms of knowledge, understanding, and experience.
The Provost also assures that the pursuit of those initiatives reflects a commitment to the third supporting strategic initiative:
Focusing Resources for Excellence: We will develop the resources necessary for educational excellence and focus them more sharply on advancing the University's vision, mission, and values.
The educational programs are offered through:
Six primary academic units
Three centers of distinction