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Joseph Glover named next senior vice president of academic affairs and provost

Kate Ewing
The University of Arizona Administration building is located on campus, just east of the Student Union Memorial Center. The Office of the Provost is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Administration building.

Joseph Glover, former provost of the University of Florida, will be the next senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at the University of Arizona, pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents.

In a UA News release announcing the decision, UA President Dr. Robert C. Robbins detailed Glover’s work at UF, where he was the senior advisor to the president and served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost from 2008 to 2023. 

Glover was a professor of mathematics at UF and served as the chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1993 to 1998. Glover earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. In the announcement to the campus community, Robbins highlighted this background and expressed appreciation for Glover’s interest and dedication to STEM fields.

“Dr. Glover’s experience and priorities as a leader reflect our university values, and his track record of academic excellence, faculty support and collaborative leadership will benefit our students, faculty, staff and community,” Robbins said in the UA News release.

At UF, Glover helped expand research in STEM-related fields, and pushed research expenditures to $1 billion. He also oversaw the hiring of over 600 faculty members, some who would focus on AI, and put in place a new budget model at UF.

This announcement comes in the midst of lots of turnover from UA faculty, most notably as ABOR conducts a search for the next UA president to eventually replace Robbins

A provost term usually lasts about five years, and Glover was one of two top candidates being included in a nationwide search.

Like the the UA, UF is also a land-grant university, and Glover expressed his interest in being involved in another land-grant based research university.

“The University of Arizona is an extraordinary land-grant institution with a rich heritage and limitless potential, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding faculty and staff community to foster academic excellence, innovation and inclusivity,” Glover said in the UA News release.

Ronald W. Marx currently serves as interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the UA and was appointed in 2023. If all goes according to plan and Glover’s appointment is approved by ABOR, Glover will replace Marx.

Marx was also a part of the 19-person committee conducting the nationwide search for provost.

Other members included Alain-Philippe Durand, dean of the College of Humanities, and Joellen Russell, university distinguished professor and head of the Department of Geosciences, who were co-chairs, as well as other faculty, staff and students.

Glover’s tenure is set to begin July 1. According to the Office of the Provost, some of the duties of this role are overseeing “all academic programs and units and [supporting] the academic mission of the University by ensuring the quality of academic programs, providing support activities that enhance teaching and learning, making services available that enable faculty and student involvement in education, research, and creative expression, and supporting research excellence with a focus on the land-grant mission.”

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