The Provost, the chief academic officer of the university, reports directly to the President. At Georgia State, the Provost oversees the development and implementation of the university’s academic programs and policies, and supervises the university’s deans and associate provosts. As chief academic officer, the Provost directs international initiatives and study abroad, graduate policy and programming, institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, assessment of learning outcomes and academic programs. Additionally, the Provost directs activities in the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion processes for faculty positions.
In conjunction with the senior administration of the university, the Provost develops and manages the university budget allocated to academic programs and functions. The Provost also represents the university to system-level bodies such as the Regents Advisory Committee on Academic Affairs, and to other academic affairs interest groups in organizations to which the university belongs such as the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the American Council on Education.
Past Provosts and Executives for Academic Affairs
The role of the university provost has existed at Georgia State for many years, though the specific title of this role changed through the decades. The following is a list of individuals who have filled this role since the Board of Regents elevated Georgia State to the official status of a university in 1969. Dr. Palm became the first woman to hold this role in the university’s history.
William M. Suttles (-1970)–Vice President for Academic Affairs
William M. Suttles (1970-89)–Executive Vice-President & Provost
Eli A. Zubay (1971-81)–Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Harold E. Davis (1981-82)–Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Thomas B. Brewer (1982-88)–Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Frederick A. Massey (1988-90)–Acting Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Thomas J. La Belle (1990-92)–Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Cleon C. Arrington (1992-94)–Acting Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Ronald J. Henry (1994-2009)–Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Risa Palm (2009-present)–Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Source: Georgia State University Archives, University Library