From October 2019 to December 2022, Charles F. Zukoski served as USC’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
As an enthusiastic champion of USC faculty, he advanced collaborative, interdisciplinary, and translational research and advanced efforts to enhance the diversity of USC’s faculty. As a principled advocate for USC students, he implemented policies that supported student academic growth and prioritized student wellness as they navigated overlapping challenges.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Provost Zukoski oversaw the university’s shift of thousands of classes and tens of thousands of students to digital learning while ensuring the continued delivery of academic excellence, as well as the university’s eventual transition back to on-campus living, learning, and working.
During his tenure, he helped unveil USC’s Integrity and Accountability Code, implemented a new structure for student accountability, and advanced support for graduate and professional students. He oversaw the searches to hire ten new deans and Vice Presidents, unified oversight of the undergraduate and graduate schools, and helped to facilitate the strategic transition of USC’s five health sciences schools under the oversight of the University’s Senior Vice President for Health Affairs. Along with Athletic Director Mike Bohn, Zukoski co-chaired the Student-Athlete Experience Task Force, formed to ensure USC student-athletes reach their fullest potential and graduate well-prepared for a successful and productive life after graduation.
Dr. Charles F. Zukoski is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering.