Role of the Provost and Executive Vice President

The Provost and Executive Vice President is to oversee all academic programs, including enrollment, instruction, and research, and provide leadership for academic administrative operations for the system. The Provost has principal responsibility for the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of all academic programs and policies for the WSU system. The Provost ensures academic excellence through appropriate faculty recruitment, retention, and renewal processes, as well as through rigorous review of faculty appointments, tenure, and promotion. The Provost is also responsible for the planning, quality, and delivery of the education provided to all WSU students at all campus locations. The Provost carries out these responsibilities in coordination with the WSU Faculty Senate under the University’s shared governance model. For matters involving the health sciences, the Provost shares these responsibilities and authority with the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences.

Reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the WSU system executive leadership team, the Provost will work collaboratively with other executive vice presidents, chancellors, deans, the Faculty Senate, other senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students to advance strategic goals across the university system. Among the positions that report to the Provost are: Deans of the seven degree-granting colleges, Honors College and Libraries; Senior Vice Provost; Vice Provost for Academic Administration & Chief of Staff; Vice Provost, Academic Engagement & Student Achievement; Vice Provost, Enrollment Management; Vice Provost, Graduate & Professional Education; Vice Provost, Native American Relations & Programs; Vice President for International Programs; and Vice President for Research. Among the units that report to the Provost are: ADVANCE, Emerit Society, Military Sciences, University Ombuds, and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center.