This afternoon, President Christina Paxson P’19 sent out an email announcing our new provost, effective July 1st. Richard M. Locke, current Director of the Watson Institute, will be stepping up to the job, which belonged to Vicki Colvin this past school year. Locke teaches Political Science to undergraduate and graduate students, has served on the Deficit Reduction Working Group, and worked on the meld of the Taubman and Watson centers.
Locke is an author, a seasoned faculty member and alumnus of MIT, and the receiver of a nearly perfect rating on The Critical Review, to name just a few of his achievements. His research focuses on “improving labor and and environmental conditions in global supply chains”, meaning producing a reality where you don’t need to violate the Earth and basic human rights in order to run a big, profitable business. Locke works with companies like Coca Cola, Apple, and Nike. We look forward to seeing how Professor Locke will integrate these values into his new position.
Until further notice, Locke will continue to serve as Director of the Watson Institute. You can read more about Locke and the announcement here.
President Paxson just announced that Vicki Leigh Colvin, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (wow, that’s a lot) at Rice University, will become Brown’s 12th Provost on July 1st.
In an email to the Brown community, Paxson called Professor Colvin “particularly well-prepared to assume the role of provost at this important juncture in the University’s history.” She replaces current Provost Mark Schlissel P’15, who will become President of the University of Michigan.
Here’s a very succinct description of Colvin’s new job from President Paxson:
The provost is the University’s chief academic officer and is a leader and critical partner in advancing the University’s strategic agenda. Many of the University’s senior positions report directly to the provost, including the deans of the College, Graduate School, and faculty; the University librarian; dean of admission; director of financial aid; vice president for research; and chief information officer. The provost chairs a number of committees designed to establish and propel University priorities, including the University Resources Committee and the Academic Priorities Committee. The provost serves as the senior officer in charge of the University in the absence of the president.