Jayanth R. Banavar is the provost and senior vice president of the University of Oregon. He began serving as provost in July 2017.
As the UO’s chief academic officer, Banavar serves as guardian of the university’s academic excellence, working with faculty and staff members, students, and other stakeholders to ensure the university maintains the highest-possible quality of scholarly activity and educational programs.
On July 1, Jayanth R. Banavar began serving as provost and senior vice president of the University of Oregon. Banavar joins the UO from the University of Maryland, where he served as dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Banavar succeeds Scott Coltrane, who served the university as provost from July 2013 – July 2014, interim president from August 2014 – July 2015, and provost from July 2015 – June 2017.
The provost has released the 2017-18 Institutional Hiring Plan, which includes over 60 tenure-track faculty searches across the schools and colleges. The Institutional Hiring plan represents a major shift in the hiring process and culture for the university. It creates a new, holistic focus on the university’s most strategic and important goals within a comprehensive vision of UO’s broad research and teaching mission. This plan continues the push to hire tenure-track faculty who will enhance the UO’s scholarly profile and academic excellence and who will share our commitment to student success.
Provost Banavar has announced Scott Pratt as the new executive vice provost for academic affairs (EVP). He will join Brad Shelton, executive vice provost for academic operations, and Melanie Muenzer, associate vice president and chief of staff, in the development of the new leadership structure for the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. The office is also hiring for a vice provost for academic affairs.
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