The provost is the chief academic officer of the University and represents academic interests to the president and the Board of Regents. He/she provides leadership to the University faculty and to the deans in advancing the quality of all undergraduate, professional and graduate programs. He/she is responsible for the following functions:
- Ensure, maintain and improve the quality and performance of the faculty through the appointment, evaluation and advancement of individual faculty members.
- Oversee the maintenance evaluation and improvement of all academic programs.
- Oversee academic support services, such as libraries and educational technology, and other academic facilities.
- Oversee enrollment services to recruit and retain a diverse student body of high quality.
- Promote and support faculty development, scholarship and research.
- Coordinate academic planning and the preparation of annual budgets in relation to planning.
- Chair the Council of Deans and provide general supervision, advice, and support to the deans.
- Coordinate all academic policy-making and implementation.
- Maintain student academic records and active institutional research.
- Provide oversight for academic and instructional support budgets.
- Facilitate and ensure the effectiveness of faculty governance.
- Act on behalf of the President at times so instructed by the President.