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

  • 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, March 16, the third of The Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good for 2015–16 will be held. Christopher Kelty, Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the Department of Information Studies, and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, will speak on “Open Access, Piracy, and the Scholarly Publishing Market” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the AGR Room of the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. A reception will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the same location. For details, see the Provosts's Forums website.
  • The Final Report of the UC Davis Study Group on Accessibility and Affordability can now be accessed at Led by Professor Ann Stevens, chair of the Department of Economics and director of the Center for Poverty Research, and including faculty, staff, and students from across the campus, the Study Group has provided articulate research and analysis on three related topics: “Earnings Gains from a College Education in California,” “UC Davis Student Costs,” and “Student Borrowing in the United States and at UC Davis.” Given the importance of a broadly shared understanding of accessibility and affordability realities at UC Davis, all members of the campus community are urged to read this informative report.

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Ralph J. Hexter

Ralph J. Hexter