President William Powers Jr. named Greg Fenves the University provost Thursday. Fenves was the dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, and this is what he’ll be expected to do in his new position.
The provost is supposed to make sure the concerns and goals of deans, department chairs, faculty and staff reach Powers, and that information from Powers gets back to them.
The provost is also to put into action recommendations on how to improve the University academically. The provost receives reports from the Commission of 125 that includes many former UT System Regents. Recommendations have included a focus to develop a new undergraduate core curriculum and to establish a more demanding standard for leadership of academic departments and research centers.
Fenves is replacing Steven Leslie, who was provost for six years. Leslie has said he wants to return to teaching. During his term the responsibilities were expanded to not only oversee academics but also financial aid and. the registrar.