Student Affairs Spotlight: Office of the Provost

Isaak Kifle


Information Provided by the Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs reviews and approves new academic programs, courses, policies, and procedures as well as approving revisions to any of the current programs and policies. David Dauwalder is the current Provost and Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Reporting to him are three associate provosts as well as Secretary Sylvia Hyde. He is responsible for overseeing the review processes for faculty promotion and tenure, as well as overseeing the preparation and training of academic personnel. The Provost’s other associations on campus include chairing the Dean’s Council and Academic Affairs Council as well as sitting on the Faculty Affairs, Budget Advisory, Facilities Advisory, and Informational Technology Advisory Committees.

As one of the university’s senior executives, a large number of university areas report to the provost, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, University College, the Marvin K. Peterson Library, the Office of Information Technology, the Office of International and Experiential Learning, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Center for Family Business. Dr. Dauwalder works with the deans and leaders of these offices in developing the instructional plan and in allocating budgetary resources among the academic units. The provost serves on the President’s Cabinet and reports directly to him. Lastly, the provost, through his work on the Faculty Senate, ensures an active and healthy relationship among faculty, the administration, and the Board of Governors.