Role of the Executive Vice President and Provost

President’s Executive Council

The Executive Vice President and Provost reports to the President and Chancellor, Kenneth Winston Starr, and serves as the most senior member of the President’s Executive Council. Other members of the President’s Executive Council include:

  • Two Senior Vice Presidents: Operations, Finance, and Administration; and University Development and Strategic Initiatives;
  • Eight Vice Presidents: Board and Executive Affairs; Constituent Engagement; Information Technology; Investments; Human Resources; Marketing and Communications; Operations and Facilities Management; and Student Life;
  • Director of Athletics;
  • Director of Internal Audit and Management Analysis; and
  • General Counsel.

Direct Reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost

As the University’s chief academic officer, the Executive Vice President and Provost leads Baylor’s considerable, complex academic enterprises, including twelve schools and colleges, a similar number of research centers and institutes, and the University Libraries. The Executive Vice President and Provost works closely with the executive council, deans, department chairs, faculty, staff, and regents in an effort to articulate a unified academic vision and to foster excellence in teaching, learning, and research within the context of a Christian worldview and milieu.

The following report directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost:

  • The twelve members of the Council of Deans:
    • College of Arts and Sciences;
    • College of Health and Human Sciences
    • George W. Truett Theological Seminary;
    • Graduate School;
    • Hankamer School of Business;
    • Honors College;
    • School of Education;
    • School of Engineering and Computer Science;
    • School of Law;
    • School of Music;
    • School of Social Work; and
    • University Libraries;
  • Six vice provosts: Academic Affairs and Policy; Dean of the Graduate School; Global Engagement; Institutional Effectiveness; Research; and Undergraduate Education;
  • Associate Vice President for Academic Operations; and
  • Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Primary Responsibilities

The Executive Vice President and Provost’s portfolio comprises the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Leadership of all academic and research programs of the University;
  • Setting and advocating sound, strategic academic priorities that respect the past, understand the present, and envision the future;
  • Supporting the Christian mission of the University, including mission-driven faculty recruitment and hiring processes;
  • Enhancing the University’s academic programs and pursuits;
  • Oversight of academic facilities, enrollment management, and academic support services;
  • Administration of all academic human resources policies and procedures, including appointments, tenure, promotion, compensation, and benefits, for faculty and academic staff;
  • Prioritizing and administering an academic budget in excess of $250 million;
  • Assuring that administrative procedures preserve academic freedom and promote academic responsibility;
  • Supervision of policies and procedures regarding the organization of academic programs, units, and functions in order to preserve the quality, integrity, and vitality of the University;
  • Representation of the University to state, national, and international groups; and
  • Execution of institutional management in the absence of the president.