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Provost Wilcox's Bio

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Ralph Wilcox, Ph.D., was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for the University of South Florida System, and the University of South Florida Tampa campus, in September 2009, having served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2008. He earlier held the position of Professor and Vice Provost at USF from 2003 to 2007, with primary responsibilities in policy analysis, planning, and performance.

As Provost, Dr. Wilcox is the chief academic officer of the eighth largest university in the United States, currently serving more than 47,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee, and Lakeland. With an annual budget exceeding $1.6 billion, USF offers upward of 230 degree programs and is classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a top-tier research institution (Very High Research Activity), a distinction shared by less than three percent of all universities in the country. It also is one of only 41 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity designated by the Carnegie Foundation as community engaged.

Hailed as "an exceptionally talented academic leader, researcher and educator" by USF President Judy Genshaft, Dr. Wilcox served for more than two years as chair of the Council of Academic Vice Presidents of the State University System of Florida and remains USF's principal liaison to the Florida Board of Governors, providing oversight for institution-wide strategic planning, enrollment planning, and legislative budget matters.

He formerly served the USF System as Interim Vice President and Campus Executive Officer of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and has held tenured faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, and Hofstra University.

His own scholarly expertise is focused on cultural studies and globalization — a fundamental aspect of his long history of community and global engagement, as well as his strong advocacy for interdisciplinary collaboration. He has presented his work extensively, including two books and numerous articles in leading national and international journals. He has received upward of $10 million in research contracts and grants.

Dr. Wilcox holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, the M.Sc. degree from Washington State University, and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Exeter in his native Great Britain. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) in 2001 and two years later was invited to participate in the Oxford Round Table on Higher Education. Among other honors, he also is a recipient of the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Research Fellowship.