Nancy Brickhouse

As Baylor’s chief academic officer, Dr. Brickhouse oversees the University’s 12 colleges and schools, research enterprise, University Libraries, and centers and institutes.

She previously served as provost at Saint Louis University (SLU), a Jesuit research university with 8,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students at its main campus in St. Louis. During her tenure, she played a key role in repositioning SLU’s finance, operations, and academic endeavors to meet a rapidly changing higher education landscape.

Her time at SLU included the development of university-wide undergraduate learning outcomes and strengthened support for teaching quality. Dr. Brickhouse also initiated a robust portfolio of faculty development programs, including those designed to support female faculty and others historically underrepresented at the full professor rank and in academic leadership positions.

Dr. Brickhouse also created a task force to create a plan for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) on the SLU campus. This effort led to the programming of a new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, as well as the modernization of other research facilities and increased science teaching capacity.

She is a tenured Professor of education and a nationally recognized scholar. Dr. Brickhouse graduated from Baylor magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, going on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in science education from Purdue University. 

Prior to her appointment as SLU’s provost in 2015, Dr. Brickhouse filled several senior administrative positions during 27 years of service and leadership at the University of Delaware, including the roles of deputy provost, interim provost — for which she received special recognition from the UD Board of Trustees for her exemplary service, deputy dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and director of the School of Education.

Upon assuming this position, Dr. Brickhouse has observed, “The provost position is the one that is closest to the faculty and the students, and that’s why I love the role and why I feel so blessed to be asked to fulfill that role at Baylor, a place that has meant so much to me both personally and professionally.”