About the office

Purpose of the Office of the Provost

The provost and senior vice president for academic affairs is the chief academic officer for the university, responsible for developing academic planning and supporting the academic mission of the university. The provost ensures that students enjoy a high-quality educational experience during their time at VCU, that faculty and staff have the resources they need to produce world-class scholarship and creative expression, and that the university maintains its strong commitment to the community of which it is a part. The office’s functional areas of responsibility include academic finance and administration; curriculum and degree development; faculty recruitment, retention, and professional development; student recruitment, retention, and engagement; planning and decision support; teaching and learning; international education; and the VCU libraries. The provost also leads development and implementation of the university's strategic plan, including strategic and long-range planning with other university divisions.

Mission of the Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost is dedicated to ensuring a safe, high-quality and engaged learning experience for all students; ensuring that the institution recruits and retains a talented and diverse faculty and provides the resources necessary to conduct world-class teaching, scholarship, research, service and creative expression; and maintaining a strong commitment to the local and global engagement of students, faculty and staff that transforms lives and communities.

Vice provosts 

Vice provosts report to the provost and serve a variety of operational and resource functions for the university. Click here to view the Office of the Provost Organizational Chart.

Provost support staff

Melody Harris 

Executive assistant to the provost

(804) 828-1345


Jamie Stillman

Director of strategic communications 

(804) 828-1205


Tom Myrick

Senior communications administrator, digital strategy

(804) 828-0574


Aíne Norris

Senior communications administrator, marketing strategy

(804) 828-8784