Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter

The provost and executive vice chancellor is the chief academic and operating officer of UC Davis. Under the direction of the chancellor, he assumes primary responsibility for the academic and organizational functioning of the campus and the advancement of the university’s excellence and impact in its mission of education, research, and public service.

The provost plays the key managerial role in the conception, design, and implementation of major campus initiatives in support of UC Davis’s mission. In this role, he directs and collaborates with the campus’s six vice chancellors, 14 deans, the university librarian, and other campus leaders. In addition, he serves as the chancellor’s principal liaison to the Academic Senate.

The provost also serves as liaison between the central administration and the broader campus community, frequently meeting with a wide variety of campus units and groups to convey important information and foster dialogue.

New and Noteworthy

  • A warm welcome to Chancellor Gary May and his wife, LeShelle May! Chancellor May, who was formerly dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech, assumed our university’s top leadership post on August 1, 2017. We are all excited to work with him to continue to advance UC Davis’s excellence across the full spectrum of disciplines and professions. For more information, see
  • The calendar for the 2017–18 season of The UC Davis Forums on the Public University and the Social Good can be found on the series website:

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Ralph J. Hexter

Ralph J. Hexter