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Office of the Provost

The Executive Vice President and Provost collaborates with the President to advance the overall strategic direction of the university—with particular focus on its academic mission, vision, and goals.

The Provost oversees academic affairs; the colleges and schools; other academic-related units, including accreditation, assessment and curriculum, enrollment services, faculty advancement, global learning, information technology, libraries, career services and student achievement; and all facets of student life, including residential life.

The Provost plays a leadership role in executing the new strategic plan and in advancing the academic mission and vision of the university. The Provost works in a consultative manner with the deans and the faculty to promote excellence, relevance, and impact in their teaching, scholarship, and outreach activities.

Contact the Provost

Aquinas Hall Room 116
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1078
Tel: (651) 962-6720

About the Provost

Dr. Richard Plumb joined the University of St. Thomas as executive vice president and provost in July, 2014. Plumb, a first-generation college graduate, is a Syracuse, N.Y., native and earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. He joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 1989 where he developed an active research and teaching program in electromagnetic scattering and radar systems.

In 1998, Plumb became professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at Binghamton and served in this role until 2005 when he was appointed dean of the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Richard and his wife, Mary, have three children and are proud grandparents.

Annual Reports

The current annual report and those before it come from the Office of the Provost. They highlight the impact of accomplishments of academic and administrative areas during the previous academic years.