Office of the Provost


The Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor is Pitt’s chief academic officer and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the University's academic vision. The Office of the Provost provides general oversight of academic affairs, including education, research, and faculty and student life. The scope of our efforts encompasses research, academic affairs, graduate studies, faculty affairs, student affairs, academic planning, resource management, and strategic and program development. Through senior staff leadership, staff orientation to service, and extensive university-wide committee work, we serve to initiate, support, develop, and promote university advancement in these areas.


Patricia E. Beeson was elected Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor by Pitt's Board of Trustees in June 2010. She leads a team that provides the academic vision and fiscal discipline to foster success in an environment characterized by nearly limitless opportunities—but also by clearly limited resources. View the Leadership Team »

Academic Areas

The University’s academic mission is carried out through its schools and colleges, regional campuses, departments, programs, and a broad range of academic support areas.

Provost's Reporting Units

Ten Pitt schools, all four of the University's regional campuses, and a number of centers and other academic areas report directly to the provost.

Provost's Office Staff

The Provost's office staff includes well-trained individuals in the following areas: Provost’s Area, Academic Planning and Resources Management, Faculty Affairs, Research, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. 


The Provost and her Senior Staff lead or participate as members in a number of key University committees. Through extensive university-wide committee work with other members of the University community, the Provost’s Office serves to initiate, support, develop, and promote the advancement of the University’s academic vision.​

Guidelines & Resources

The Provost’s Office is responsible for establishing and updating a number of guidelines of importance to academic units of the University, particularly within the areas of faculty personnel actions, research, academic integrity and academic planning.