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Office of the Provost

Rice University, a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of the world. The University seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the range of human endeavor. 

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University. The mission of the Provost’s Office is to promote and support excellence in all dimensions of the University's academic, research, scholarly and creative programs and activities. The Provost works with the University’s deans, as well as a team of Vice and Associate Provosts in fulfilling the academic leadership and administrative roles of the University and Provost’s Office. The Provost is a member of the University’s major planning and academic committees, including the Strategic Planning and Budget Priorities Committee, and serves ex officio as a member of the Faculty Senate.

George L. McLendon became the Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Chemistry for Rice University in July, 2010. [more...]