As the university's chief academic officer, the Executive Vice President and Provost has responsibility for all of Baylor's academic enterprises including twelve schools and colleges and more than one dozen research centers and institutes. The Provost works closely with the President, deans, department chairs, faculty, Regents, and others to provide academic vision and leadership and to promote and support excellence in teaching, learning, and research within the context of a Christian worldview.
Michael K. McLendon, was appointed by President Livingstone as Interim Provost of Baylor University, effective July 1, 2017. As Interim Provost, Dr. McLendon is the chief academic officer of the University and is responsible for all aspects of the University's diverse academic mission, including teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and service and outreach.
Dr. McLendon has been charged with leading the formation of a strategic academic plan to advance the University's development consistent with its ProFuturis vision and is responsible for executing strategies for the attainment of the University's mission, including the deployment of financial resources in support of academic priorities.
In May, 2014, the Baylor University Board of Regents adopted a broad-ranging array of Five-Year Goals for 2014-2018. Constructed around the five high-level Aspirational Statements that represent due north for the University's future course, these Five-Year Goals are a natural outgrowth of the University's continuing implementation of Pro Futuris. With a clear understanding of the desired destination, the University leadership spent months considering the essential steps that must be taken to realize our ambitious vision. That process of collaboration resulted in the creation of a set of highly specific Institutional Acts of Determination reflected in the form of Five-Year Goals.