Elon University launched the search for its next provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2022. The new provost will succeed Aswani Volety, who was named chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May 2022.

President Connie Ledoux Book appointed a 23-member Search Committee co-chaired by Dr. Jason Husser, associate professor of political science and policy studies and chair of Academic Council, and Vice President for Finance and Administration Janet Williams. The university has engaged the services of AGB Search, an executive search firm, to assist with the national search.

See the search website for full details about the search and a prospectus for the position.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs is the university’s chief operations officer (COO) and chief academic officer (CAO). The provost and vice president for academic affairs manages internal administrative operations of the university and acts in the absence of the president. The provost and vice president for academic affairs provides leadership and direction for the long-range planning process, the annual priorities for action, the budget, and oversees the following areas:

  • Academic affairs
  • Belk Library
  • Student life
  • Institutional research
  • Sponsored programs
  • Cultural affairs
  • Office of inclusive community well-being

The provost and vice president for academic affairs consults as appropriate with the Office of University Advancement.

As provost and vice president for academic affairs, the specific responsibilities include the following:

  • providing intellectual and administrative leadership of the faculty and academic support staff
  • overseeing the development of the academic program and the assessment of student academic performance
  • recruiting, orienting, developing and evaluating the faculty
  • developing and administering the curriculum
  • supervising the academic support programs
  • developing and recommending the academic budget, in consultation with deans, department chairs and program directors
  • creating a more inclusive and respectful community through awareness, education and respectful dialogue about difference

The Provost’s Advisory Council and Academic Affairs Advisory Council broadly reflect the range of academic affairs at Elon. Direct reports to the provost and vice president for academic affairs include the senior associate provost for faculty affairs, associate provost for academic and inclusive excellence, associate provost for curriculum and assessment, assistant provost for communications and operations, the academic deans of the college and schools, the vice president for student life, and the vice president of admissions and financial planning. Other members of the councils report directly to an associate provost or dean.