Co-Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ben Gutierrez IV, A.A., B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ph.D.

The Co-Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports to the President and has the authority to affect changes in the residential and online programs in order to ensure compliance as Liberty continues to enhance its level of academic excellence. The Co-Provost is responsible for viewing and recommending organizational structures and appointing personnel to manage and execute the functions of academic programs as it relates to Liberty University Online. The Co-Provost assesses the purposes, effectiveness, and quality of current and proposed academic programs, policies and procedures, and organizational structures offered through the online mode of delivery. The Co-Provost oversees the appointment and evaluation of faculty members and academic leadership within all colleges/schools, departments, and programs that affect online instruction. The Co-Provost engages the University Registrar on issues, policies, and decisions being deliberated upon as they relate to Liberty University Online.  The Co-Provost engages the Faculty Curriculum Council (FCC), Faculty Senate, all Faculty Senate Organizational Committees, Graduate Senate, and Graduate Curriculum Council and reviews and endorses all curricula related to Liberty University Online.  The Co-Provost engages all co-curricular divisions, academic schools/units and the Office of the Provost as it relates to the Liberty University Online.  The Co-Provost reviews requests related to budget, hiring, program creation, and operations within those units as it relates to Liberty University Online.