Provost Transition

On July 1, Jayanth R. Banavar will become the University of Oregon’s next provost and senior vice president. President Michael H. Schill announced Banavar’s selection in a message to campus in February. Successfully preparing Banavar for this new role requires a thoughtful, robust, and well-organized transition plan. Below is an FAQ about the transition. If you have other questions or need additional information, please email

Who is Jayanth R. Banavar?

Banavar is a distinguished physicist currently serving as dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland. A full bio is available online.

What’s the role of the provost and senior vice president?

The provost is the chief academic officer of the university with broad responsibility for academic planning, resource allocation, university programs, and faculty. All academic schools, colleges, departments, and programs report to the provost, who is responsible for all academic policies, including those affecting faculty appointment, development, promotion, and tenure.

How can I get in touch with the new provost?

For all communication, please contact Banavar using the email: A single point of contact helps manage the flow of information to him while he remains focused on his current job and the needs of students and faculty at University of Maryland.

How do I schedule time with the new provost?

Please send any schedule requests to We will schedule as much as practical prior to his start, and will work to build a robust calendar for Banavar’s first several months.

Will the incoming provost visit campus before he starts officially?

Potential visits will be determined at a later date based on his schedule and availability while balancing his current job and relocation. If he is able to schedule time on campus prior to July 1, this page will be updated with any public events. 

Who will manage the transition?

The transition will be managed by Melanie Muenzer, associate vice president and chief of staff; Angela Wilhelms, university secretary and the point person for the president’s 2015 transition; and Chuck Triplett, assistant vice president for university initiatives and collaborations.

How do I join the chorus of gratitude for Provost Coltrane?

Scott Coltrane served the UO with grace and distinction, and he will be missed. His last day at the UO is June 30, 2017. If you wish to offer words of gratitude to Coltrane for his work, you can also send those to