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November 2021

Dear Members of the University of Delaware community:

A search is now underway for the next provost of the University of Delaware. As chief academic officer, the provost is responsible for administration of all programs of instruction, research and service, promoting collaboration among the colleges and across disciplines, and for facilitating the success of the University’s faculty and students.

The next provost will help advance UD’s pioneering scholarly achievement, research, and community service while cultivating an inspirational teaching and learning environment that values intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views of a diverse society.

Additionally, the person selected for this role will help us achieve University’s strategic priorities:

  • Prioritizing and Expanding Student Success in the Post-Pandemic Era
  • Building a Social Justice Foundation to Support a Diverse, Inclusive and Intercultural Campus
  • Expanding Interdisciplinary and Global Opportunities
  • Redefining Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Reimagining Intellectual and Physical Capital for a Sustainable and Boundless Campus

Reporting to the provost are the deans of the colleges, the deputy provost for Academic Affairs, vice provost for Diversity, vice provost for Faculty Affairs, vice provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian, vice president of Enrollment Management, associate provost and chief of staff.

We thank you for your interest in this search process and hope you will be able to attend the forums in November to share your thoughts. We are pleased to be working with President Assanis on this important endeavor.


Gary Henry, Dean of College of Education and Human Development; Professor in the School of Education and the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration

Cathy Wu, Unidel Edward G. Jefferson Chair in Engineering and Computer Science; Professor, Computer & Information Sciences; Professor, Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology; Director, Data Science Institute; Director, Protein Information Resource

Co-chairs, Provost Search Advisory Committee