University of Southern California

Office of the Provost

About the Office

Statue of Tommy TrojanThe Office of the Provost provides academic leadership to the University of Southern California.  Its fundamental task is to ensure excellence in teaching, research and scholarship.

Michael Quick, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, is USC’s 2nd ranking official and the chief academic officer.  Reporting directly to President Nikias, the provost supervises all academic programs and support functions, faculty affairs (including recruiting, promotion, and tenure), student academic affairs, and academic planning.   The provost is also a principal participant in collaborative decision-making on issues such as fundraising and endowment, the management of auxiliary enterprises, and USC’s health services.

The Office of the Provost aims to recruit the best faculty and students in the world.   It provides myriad grants, fellowships and awards to support this charge.   The Office also implements and reviews academic initiatives that support and complement the University Mission, globalization efforts, and interdisciplinary work across both the University Park and Health Sciences Campuses.