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Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost

Dr. Ronald Godwin

Dr. Ronald Godwin

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is the chief academic officer for the university. He serves as the primary voice on academic matters within the administration, and is the second-highest ranked academic official of the university. In collaboration with the deans, the Faculty Senates, and the General Faculty, he is responsible for developing and implementing the academic vision and values of the university.

These core values are engaged through a variety of academic programs offered in several delivery formats, as well as through the teaching, research, and service activities of the academic centers. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost collaborates with the deans, the Faculty Senates, and the General Faculty to provide leadership in continuously improving undergraduate and graduate instruction and academic support services. He works with the deans to identify and prioritize resource allocations among academic units.

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost assesses the performance of academic leaders and provides regular feedback to encourage continual growth within the university. He has the responsibility to oversee an intentional professional development process within their disciplines, improve as effective academic communicators, and utilize the wide array of technological tools and resources available to enrich the art of teaching. He serves as the liaison to those external agencies with which the university maintains institutional accreditation, and he communicates regularly with the President and the various university constituencies on matters of importance with respect to accreditation. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost also serves as the liaison of the administration to the Faculty Senates.