Provost's Office

Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost

The office of the executive vice president and provost provides leadership and support across the University of Nebraska in pursuing excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service. It advances the academic agendas of NU’s campuses, upholds the principles of academic freedom, and fosters a diverse and inclusive community.

The office of the executive vice president and provost is also responsible for all things academic—including University-wide academic affairs, institutional research and planning, global engagement, digital education, partnerships with K-12 institutions and other colleges and universities, and the technology that underlies these activities. 

Specifically, the Provost and the staff in this office:

  • Oversee all University of Nebraska academic programs and activities. The Council of Academic Officers, which includes the chief academic officer from each campus, advises and assists in this process. The provost is also responsible for recommending any changes in or additions to academic programs for consideration by the president and Board of Regents, and reviewing promotion and tenure recommendations.
  • Work with the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, which is responsible for maintaining a master plan for higher education in Nebraska and helping to avoid unnecessary duplication of programs and facilities.
  • Support the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), created to improve efficiency in the administration of higher education institutions and to increase access to and affordability in higher education.
  • Participate in EPSCoR, a federally supported program to enhance the research capabilities of designated states to compete more successfully for federal research funding.
  • Represent the University of Nebraska in national professional academic organizations, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Council on Education (ACE).

About the Provost

The executive vice president and provost is the University of Nebraska's chief academic officer and, after the president, the university's ranking administrative officer. The provost serves as dean of the Graduate College, presiding officer of the graduate faculty and chair of the Executive Graduate Council, responsible for implementing policies governing graduate studies and research and serves as acting president in the absence of the president.

The executive vice president and provost acts as an advisor to the president, chancellors and Board of Regents on matters related to academic affairs, graduate studies and research.

Key Contacts



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Susan Fritz, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost

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Cathy Robertus

Executive Assistant to the Executive VP & Provost