The 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.

Charles Zukoski, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, is USC’s second-ranking official and the chief academic officer. Reporting to USC’s president, 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 such issues 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.