Gail Hackett, Ph.D.

Provost Hackett prepares for a speech at convocation

Gail Hackett, Ph.D. became VCU’s eighth provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in 2015. As the university’s chief academic officer she is a steadfast champion of academic quality, student success and faculty success. She co-chaired the strategic planning committee that developed Quest 2025: Together We Transform, VCU’s strategic plan, and has guided the university in creating a campus culture focused on student success. Hackett holds an academic appointment as professor of psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences. She received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, a Master of Education degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Provost Hackett’s leadership team encompasses academic, faculty and student affairs, strategic enrollment management, life sciences, institutional research and decision support, student success, continuing and professional education, global education, and the Center for Community Engagement and Impact, Online@VCU, and the Institute for Contemporary Art. She also oversees the colleges and the schools on the Monroe Park Campus, which include College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Sciences, University College, Honors College, and the schools of the Arts, Business, Education, and Social Work, as well as the Graduate School and VCU Libraries.

A prolific scholar and teacher, Hackett has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles. Two additional articles are pending publication. She has chaired 25 dissertations and theses. In addition to serving as associate editor for the Journal of Counseling Psychology (1993-1999), Hackett has served on the editorial boards for The Counseling Psychologist; Journal of Counseling and Development; Journal of Vocational Behavior; and Counselor Education and Supervision.

She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award of the Arizona State University Commission on the Status of Women; the Women of Color Psychologies Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology; and the Counseling Research Award of the American Educational Research Association. She is a fellow of the Western Psychological Association; the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology; the Society for the Psychology of Women and the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association; and the American Psychological Society.

Prior to joining VCU, Hackett served as provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), a position she held since 2008. Previously, Hackett served in a number of administrative positions during her 20-year career at Arizona State University, including university vice provost and founding dean of University College. Hackett also held faculty positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and The Ohio State University.