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Our People

Meet our provost, school deans, and more

There are many important leaders, including vice provosts, school deans, councils, and more who help drive the vision of the Office of the Provost forward.

See a snapshot of these key individuals below. You can also visit our Offices page to see offices that report up through the provost, and contact us if you have any questions.

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Leadership update

Meet the provost and chief academic officer

David Figlio is the University of Rochester’s Provost and Gordon Fyfe Professor of Economics and Education. He started his role at the University in July 2022.

Learn more about our current and past provosts

Our vice provosts and vice president

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Kevin Garewal

Vice Provost and Andrew H. & Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries

University Libraries

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Julie Myers

Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer

University IT

Provost’s Senior Leadership Team

The Provost’s Senior Leadership Team is comprised of the senior leaders across the offices of the provost. Convened by the provost, the team meets monthly for the purpose of collaborating on priority initiatives to enhance the academic and research missions of the University.

This list was last updated in July 2022.

  • Melissa Sturge-Apple – Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Gigi DeMita-Benway – Executive Assistant to the Provost
  • David Figlio – Provost and Gordon Fyfe Professor of Economics and Education
  • Jane Gatewood – Vice Provost for Global Engagement
  • Julie Myers – Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University
  • Jeff Runner – Dean of the College and Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • Joan Saab – Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Interim Dean of the Faculty, AS&E
  • Jim Ver Steeg – Assistant Vice President for Communications

Our school deans

University Deans’ Council

The University Deans’ Council is comprised of the senior deans of the University’s six schools. Convened by the provost, the council meets monthly for the purpose of sharing information, enhancing coordination, and considering joint endeavors.

This list was last updated in July, 2022.

  • David Figlio – Covener, Provost and Gordon Fyfe Professor of Economics and Education
  • Gloria Culver – Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Eli Eliav – Director, Eastman Institute for Oral Health
  • Sarah Peyre – Dean, Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Joan Saab – Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering; Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Wendi Heinzelman –Dean, Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Kathy Rideout – Dean, School of Nursing
  • Jamal Rossi – Dean, Eastman School of Music
  • Jeffrey Runner – Dean of the College in Arts, Sciences & Engineering
  • Melissa Sturge-Apple – Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Education
  • Mark Taubman – Dean, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Sevin Yeltekin – Dean, Simon Business School
  • Gigi DeMita-Benway – Executive Assistant to the Provost
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