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June Pierce Youatt
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
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From the Provost's Desk

A good deal of substantive progress has been made in moving forward on both the recommendations from and feedback related to the four reports from Issues Teams tasked with considering how the University can best move ahead in four key areas: Creating a Campus Environment to Support Interdisciplinary Work; Fostering a Healthier Campus; Creating a Campus-Wide Strategy for Technology, Teaching, and Learning; and Closing the Graduation Gap.


The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer for Michigan State University, providing leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty, students, and staff. The Provost oversees the quality of programs of instruction and research through collaborative work with deans, departmental chairs, and other Vice Presidents, addressing issues such as effective planning, good management, and program reviews. Additionally, the Provost is responsible for overseeing academic and budgetary planning and priorities.

The Provost helps ensure the quality of the faculty by administering and monitoring procedures and criteria for faculty appointments and promotions, working conditions, and tenure. The Provost works to ensure the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum and encouraging and coordinating initiatives in undergraduate education. In addition, the Provost coordinates recruiting and admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs.

June Pierce Youatt began serving as Provost on April 22, 2014. Prior to that she served as MSU's Acting Provost (beginning January 2013), as Senior Associate Provost (2006-2012), and as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (2002-2006). Dr. Youatt is a professor in the department of Human Development and Families Studies. Her teaching and research primarily focused on the design, development, delivery, and assessment of family-related programs in community and school settings. She served for nearly a decade as a P.I. for a Michigan Department of Education project, and for four years as a Parenting Education Specialist with Michigan State University Extension. She holds numerous awards for her teaching and outreach work. Under Provost Lou Anna K. Simon, she served as Dean of Undergraduate Education. Youatt earned her degrees at Michigan State University.