Who We Are

The provost/vice-president (academic)/pro vice-chancellor is the chief academic officer of Memorial University with overall responsibility for all academic matters, including the development and delivery of programs to more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students across a wide range of disciplines.

The role is responsible for fostering a positive learning and working environment for faculty and students and leads recruitment, promotion, tenure and recognition processes to attract and retain top-quality faculty.

Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • overseeing pan-university initiatives and ensuring that decisions align with Memorial’s mission and strategic priorities;
  • setting goals that are integrated across academic and administrative units; and
  • ensuring university planning and budgets align with academic priorities.

The provost reports directly to the president, is a voting member of the university’s governing Board of Regents, and is also chief academic officer and deputy chair of the university Senate which has general charge of all matters of an academic nature.

Additionally, the provost is the university’s chief operating officer. The position has responsibility for the internal governance and management of the university and leads the vice-presidents and other senior executives to ensure that academic and administrative plans, activities, and resources are aligned with Memorial University’s vision and academic aims. In the absence of the president, the provost is acting president.

The provost also oversees the portfolios of associate vice-presidents for students, graduate studies, and teaching and learning, as well as the deputy provost (equity, diversity and inclusion).