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 in 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’ mission and its Vision of Excellence. In this role, he directs and collaborates with the campus’ six vice chancellors, 14 deans, the University Librarian, and other campus leaders. In addition, he is the University’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and 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

  • Chancellor Linda Katehi is currently on leave. In her absence, Provost Ralph Hexter is serving in the role of Acting Chancellor.
  • There is a new website for The Provost’s Forums! It brings together in a user-friendly format information on all upcoming forums, videos of all past events, and other relevant materials. Visit:
  • On Wednesday, May 25, the fifth and final of The Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good for 2015–16 will be held. Cristina Gonzalez, Professor of Education, Spanish, and Portuguese at UC Davis, and Liliana Pedraja, Ph.D. in Science Education, M.S. in Science Education, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, will speak on “Privatization and Access: The Chilean Higher Education Experiment and Its Discontents” from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Community Center. A reception will follow from 5 to 6 p.m. at the same location. For details, see the Provosts's Forums website.

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Ralph J. Hexter

Ralph J. Hexter