Elizabeth A. Graddy

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Elizabeth Graddy was appointed Interim Provost on January 1, 2023.  She also serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as Professor of Public Policy at the USC Sol Price School for Public Policy.  She holds the Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy.

As the university’s second-ranking administrator, she oversees 18 of the university’s professional schools and academic units, in addition to USC Museums, and the divisions of student affairs, libraries, student religious and spiritual life, and enrollment services.

Dr. Graddy received her Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from Carnegie-Mellon University.  After receiving her Ph.D., she joined USC on the faculty at USC Price.  Her expertise is in institutional economics, public and nonprofit organizations, and public policy analysis.  Her research focused on the role of private organizations in serving the public interest, how industry and organizational structure affect performance, and how information asymmetry and uncertainty affect institutional design and effectiveness.  She is a past public member and Vice President of the California State Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Over Dr. Graddy’s long career at USC, she has served as the Interim Provost, Executive Vice Provost, and Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, as well as other faculty and administrative roles.