Nicholas P. Jones is the Executive Vice President and Provost of Penn State University. The Executive Vice President and Provost reports directly to the President of Penn State. The Provost is the University’s chief academic officer. The Executive Vice President serves as chief executive officer in the President’s absence, and is involved, at least peripherally, in nearly all operations of the University. As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost works closely with the President, other vice presidents, the vice provosts responsible for various functional areas of the University, the deans of academic colleges and other units, academic staff, the University Faculty Senate, and various committees in setting overall academic priorities for Penn State and allocating funds to move priorities forward. The Executive Vice President and Provost is responsible, through organizational arrangements, for all the academic units (colleges, schools, and campuses) as well as major academic support units, such as the University Libraries, Educational Equity, Affirmative Action, and Information Technology Services.
In higher education, the quality and effectiveness of our work profoundly and substantively impacts our students. At Penn State, we are committed to ensuring that our students receive an education that effectively prepares them not only for the modern workforce, but also for the challenges they will encounter during their lives.