The Provost is the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University, and functions as the chief academic officer of the University. The ultimate mission of this office is to support and implement the academic mission of SMU: to create new knowledge, and to provide a transformative education that will equip students to be lifelong learners and engaged citizens in a globalized, diverse, and rapidly changing world. The responsibilities of the Provost include overseeing all the academic programs and units of the University; supporting and shaping the direction of undergraduate and graduate education; supporting faculty teaching and research; and overseeing academic policies of the University.
Provost Paul W. Ludden
Paul W. Ludden, is SMUís Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the Universityís chief academic officer, he oversees all aspects of academic life, ranging from admissions and faculty development to supervision of SMUís seven schools, library system, and international programs.
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Office of the Provost
Office of the Provost Group
Starting from top left to right: Harold Stanley, Associate Provost, Paul W. Ludden, Provost and Vice President For Academic Affairs, James E. Quick, Associate Vice President of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, and Anthony Tillman, Assistant Provost.

Starting from bottom left to right: Lisa O’Donnell, Senior Program Specialist, Linda Eads, Associate Provost, and Stephanie Dupaul, Associate Provost.
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Fellowships for Faculty and Students