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Paula Myrick Short, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Paula Myrick Short, Provost

Paula Myrick Short is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Houston System, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Houston. Since her appointment in June 2013, she has established the UH Graduate School, the Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy for Department Chairs, the Foundations of Excellence initiative, Houston GPS as well as implemented student success initiatives such as UH in 4 and Provost Summer Read.

Provost Short came to the University of Houston July 2012 as Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Policy, Research, and Evaluation. In her role as Senior Vice Chancellor for the University of Houston System, Dr. Short is responsible for the academic quality and accreditation of all four UH system institutions: UH, UH–Downtown, UH–Clear Lake, and UH–Victoria.

About the Office of the Provost

Dr. Paula Myrick Short is the chief academic officer at the University of Houston. As Provost, she is responsible for the creation and implementation of academic priorities for the university and works closely with the academic deans, department heads, student service professionals, faculty, and staff to ensure the highest quality of academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The Office of the Provost initiates and oversees a broad range of programs which benefit students throughout the University of Houston and the community, including undergraduate, graduate, continuing and distance education programs, as well as all academic programs and policies. A major focus for the Provost is to recruit and retain excellent and diverse faculty who are dedicated to teaching, research, scholarship, and community outreach. The Provost serves as a liaison to the Faculty Senate. The units that report to the Provost include all 16 colleges and the UH Libraries, Undergraduate Success, the Graduate School, Education Innovation and Technology, Faculty Affairs, Global Strategies and Studies, and University of Houston at Sugar Land and University of Houston at Katy. More information on Provost Paula Myrick Short.

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Cougar Milestones

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