The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is Santa Clara's chief academic officer with executive responsibility for overseeing all undergraduate and graduate educational programs and academic support functions. The Provost works to enhance the intellectual vibrancy of the faculty, student body, staff, and curriculum by providing leadership in matters related to academic affairs, faculty affairs, student life, and information services.
The Provost, reporting directly to the University President, has primary responsibility for guiding the implementation of Santa Clara 2020– a bold blueprint for advancing Santa Clara that integrates the University's enrollment, facilities, and strategic plans.
In collaboration with a dedicated team of deans, vice provosts and directors, the Provost also oversees dozens of offices and programs, including faculty development, research initiatives, core curriculum, assessment of student learning, Global Engagement Office, University Library, Information Technology, Drahmann Academic Advising Center, Residential Learning Communities, Student Life, Career Center, Cowell Center, Campus Recreation, Honors Program, Summer Sessions, LEAD Scholars, Diversity and Inclusion, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Registrar’s Office, Institutional Research, Writing Center, and de Saisset Museum. The University’s six deans (College of Arts and Sciences, Leavey School of Business, Jesuit School of Theology, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, School of Engineering, and School of Law) all report directly to the Provost.
The Provost serves in an ex officio capacity on several University committees, including the President’s Cabinet, Planning Action Council, the University Coordinating Committee, the University Budget Council, the Council of Deans, and the Council on Inclusive Excellence.
Appointed in August 2011, Dennis C. Jacobs, Ph.D. serves as Santa Clara University’s fourth Provost.