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

  • On Tuesday, April 22, from 1 to 4:30 p.m, the seventh of The Provost’s Public Forums on the Public University and the Social Good for 2013–14 will address the topic “Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California.” Featured speakers will make presentations based upon their chapters in the forthcoming book of the same title, edited by Professors Martin Kenney, UC Davis, and David Mowery, UC Berkeley.

    Presentations will be made by chapter authors Steven Casper, Henry E. Riggs Professor of Management, Keck Graduate Institute; Christophe Lécuyer, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie; Cyrus Mody, Associate Professor of History, Rice University; Daniel Sumner, Frank H. Buck, Junior Professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis; and Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of the Extension, UC San Diego.

    Introductions will be made by book editors Martin Kenney, Professor of Human and Community Development, UC Davis, and Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy; and David C. Mowery, William A. & Betty H. Hasler Professor of New Enterprise Development at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

    The presenters will be joined by discussants Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute; David Hodges, Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Mario Biagioli, Distinguished Professor of Law and Science & Technology Studies, UC Davis; William Lacy, Vice Provost of University Outreach and International Programs and Professor of Human Ecology, UC Davis; and Andrew Hargadon, Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis.

    Presentations (including discussion) will be made from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Community Center, with a reception from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. in the same location. For details, see Upcoming Campus Events.

  • Organization of UC Davis. Expressions of interest are being sought for serving on a Joint Academic Senate / Provost Task Force on the Academic Organization of UC Davis. The task force will advise on a number of important questions raised by the recent faculty recommendation to establish the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) as a College, separate and apart from the existing College of Letters and Science (L&S). For more information, see the “Request for expressions of interest” and “Academic Organization of UC Davis: A White Paper to Spur Conversation.”

  • See the webpage "The Future of the Public University," which announces upcoming campus lectures and forums, and provides videos of past events.

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Ralph J. Hexter

Ralph J. Hexter