The Big Ten Academic Alliance is governed by the Provosts of the member universities who act as a “board of the whole” to lead, guide, and fund the enterprise.

Chair - Rachel Croson - University of Minnesota

rachel-croson-umn0c7cRachel T. A. Croson became Executive Vice President and Provost on March 30, 2020. She completed her undergraduate work in economics and philosophy with a minor in political science at the University of Pennsylvania before receiving her master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Harvard University. 

Dr. Croson came to the University of Minnesota from Michigan State University, where she served as dean of the College of Social Science and Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Economics. She also served as dean of the School of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington, division director for Social and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, professor and director of the Negotiations Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Her research focuses on bargaining and negotiation as well as public goods provision, and uses experimental approaches to study management. She has served on the Editorial Boards of the American Economic ReviewOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesJournal of International Business Studies, and  Decision and Risk Analysis. She is known for her papers on gender differences in economic behavior and for her mentorship and advice to women in the economics profession, and was the 2017 winner of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

Vice Chair - Kathleen Hagerty - Northwestern University

hagerty_kathleen_1114160619Kathleen M. Hagerty was appointed as Provost at Northwestern University on September 1, 2020. She completed her bachelor’s in mathematics, masters of business administration and masters of science in operations research at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University.

She joined Kellogg School of Management more than 30 years ago and holds the First Chicago Professorship in Finance. Dr. Hagerty has held numerous leadership positions within Kellogg, including serving two terms as senior associate dean of faculty and research, two terms as chair of the finance department and two years as faculty director of Kellogg’s Ph.D. programs.

Her work has studied the micro-structure of securities markets, disclosure regulation, insider trading regulation and the effectiveness of self-regulatory organizations. Her research has appeared in journals such asThe Quarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of Political Economy and The Journal of Finance. She received a Bradley Foundation Research Fellowship and received the D.P. Jacobs Prize for the Most Significant Paper in the Journal of Financial Intermediation. She has also been a member of the editorial board of the Review of Financial Studies and the  Journal of Financial Markets.

John Coleman - University of Illinois

John Coleman was appointed Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in July 2023. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. summa cum laude in government and history from Clark University.

Prior to being named Provost, Coleman served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota since 2014. He was previously chair of the Political Science Department, a Lyons Family Faculty Fellow, and the Glenn B. and Cleone Orr Hawkins Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was on the faculty for over 20 years and received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He has also held a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin and was a research associate and instructor at Harvard Business School.

A nationally recognized scholar, he is the author or editor of seven books on American politics and government and numerous articles in major journals and edited volumes. His research interests include political parties, elections and voting, legislative-executive relations, divided government, campaign finance, American political development, and the intersection of politics and economics. He served as president of the American Political Science Association’s section on political organizations and parties.

Rahul Shrivastav - Indiana University

Rahul Shrivastav was appointed Executive Vice President and Provost of Indiana University on February 15, 2022.  He received his doctoral degree in speech and hearing sciences, with a minor in cognitive sciences, from Indiana University. His undergraduate and graduate training are in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Mysore, India.

In addition to his executive leadership role, Dr. Shrivastav will also have a faculty appointment in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to his appointment at Indiana University, he served as vice president for instruction at the University of Georgia. Before joining the University of Georgia, Dr. Shrivastav served as professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and directed the Voice and Speech Laboratory at Michigan State University. 

Dr. Shrivastav also served on the faculty at the University of Florida and directed its Voice Acoustics and Perception Laboratory and was a research scientist at the Malcom Randal VA Medical Center, where he was a part of the Oral-Motor Research Group within the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center. In 2007, he co-founded the start-up company Audigence, Inc. to commercialize some of the intellectual property developed by this research group. He has served as chief scientist and on the scientific advisory board for Audigence.

He has received numerous awards and honors during his career, including the Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professorship at the University of Florida. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The National Academy of Inventors elected him as a Fellow in 2020.

His research is focused on speech perception abilities and speech production deficits in people with various diseases. This work helps design better health care and commercial applications, measurement systems for treatment outcomes, improved hearing aids, cochlear implants and mobile phones, and assessment and screening tools for a variety of diseases. He also serves several national and international professional organizations in various scientific, administrative, and executive roles.

Kevin Kregel - University of Iowa

kregelebedKevin Kregel was named Executive Vice President and Provost in February 2021. He earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate (physiology & biophysics) from the University of Iowa, and subsequently performed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona. In 1993, Dr. Kregel joined the faculty at the University of Iowa, and currently holds the rank of full professor.

He was department executive officer in the Department of Health & Human Physiology prior to his appointment as Associate Provost. He has been serving as Interim Executive Vice President and Senior Associate Provost for Faculty since July 2019.

Dr. Kregel’s activities at the University of Iowa have included service on numerous collegiate and university committees, along with participation on steering committees for two campus-wide cluster hire initiatives.  His extramurally funded research laboratory at the University of Iowa has focused on physiological adjustments to exercise, aging, and environmental challenges. He has also been very active in leadership positions at the national level, including service as the chair of committees addressing science policy issues for the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology and the American Physiological Society.

Jennifer King Rice - University of Maryland

Jennifer King Rice was named Senior Vice President and Provost of the University of Maryland effective August 11, 2021. Dr. Rice earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Education Administration and Social Foundations from Cornell University. She received her bachelors in Mathematics and English from Marquette University, where she was recently honored with the Professional Achievement Award from the Marquette University Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

 For over 25 years, Dr. Rice has served on the faculty and in college leadership roles at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty at Maryland, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research.  Most recently, Dr. Rice served as the dean of the University of Maryland’s College of Education and professor of education policy. In this role, Rice has focused her efforts to align educational resources with key initiatives to advance excellence, equity, and social justice in preschool through graduate school. Upon becoming dean, she led the College of Education community through an inclusive strategic planning process, which has resulted in new and innovative initiatives to promote the College’s shared values, vision, and goals. Her emphasis on college-level research infrastructure, enhancements in instructional programming and diversity, equity and inclusion have propelled the college forward in reputation and rankings during her tenure.

As a national expert in education finance and policy, Rice regularly consults with policy organizations and agencies at the state and federal levels. She has been a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute. She is currently a fellow of the National Education Policy Center and served as president of the Association of Education Finance and Policy. She sits on two charter school boards, is a University System of Maryland representative on the Maryland State Teacher Certification Advisory Council, and recently co-chaired the Association of American Universities Annual Deans’ meeting. Dr. Rice also served as co-chair of the Maryland Education Deans and Directors Council.

As a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher awardee, Dr. Rice has published numerous articles and book chapters. Her authored and edited books include Performance-Based Pay for Educators: Assessing the Evidence, Fiscal Policy in Urban Education, and Teacher Quality: Understanding the Effectiveness of Teacher Attributes, winner of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education book award. She also served on the editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and recently completed a term on the editorial board for Education Finance and Policy.

Laurie McCauley - University of Michigan

Laurie McCauley was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in May, 2022.  She earned all her degrees from The Ohio State University, including a Bachelor of Science in education, Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science in dentistry, and a Ph.D. in veterinary pathobiology. Dr. McCauley started her career in private practice limited to periodontics in Marysville, Ohio, from 1988-91.

Dr. McCauley joined the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of dentistry in 1992, becoming an associate professor in 1996 and professor in 2001. From 2002-12, she chaired the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. In 2002, she was appointed associate professor of pathology in the Medical School, becoming a professor in 2009. She has served as dean of the School of Dentistry since 2013.

She is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics and professor of dentistry in the School of Dentistry, with an additional appointment as a professor of pathology in the Medical School.

Dr. McCauley has had several visiting scientist and visiting professor appointments, including the Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, and the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

For more than 25 years, McCauley has led an active research program in hormonal controls of bone remodeling, parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and among her many other recognitions are the inaugural Paula Stern Achievement award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, a distinguished scientist award from the International Association for Dental Research, a distinguished alumna award from The Ohio State University, and the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American Dental Association.


Thomas D. Jeitschko - Michigan State University

Thomas D. Jeitschko was appointed Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Michigan State University in November 2022. He holds an advanced degree from the University of Münster in Germany in Economic History and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Mathematical Economics.

 Dr. Jeitschko is currently a Professor of Economics at Michigan State University and has taught graduate courses and served on Ph.D. committees in the College of Social Science, the Broad College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Ag and Natural Resources, and the Law College. Prior to his current appointments, he has held faculty positions at Royal Holloway College, University of London in the United Kingdom, and Texas A&M University as well as shorter appointments at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown Universities. 

His research interests are in applied economic theory, including game theory, industrial organization, and law and economics. He has published in a wide variety of journals and served on multiple editorial boards.

 He has also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, advises State Attorneys General throughout the U.S. and has been retained by the U.S. Department of Justice as an expert. 



Katherine Ankerson - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Katherine Ankerson
Katherine Ankerson began her role as University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Executive Vice Chancellor on January 18, 2022. She earned her academic and professional degrees from Washington State University, including a master’s degree, bachelor of science, and bachelor of architecture. 

Ankerson began her career in architectural private practice, first in Texas and then in Washington, from 1979-1994. She joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1996 as an assistant professor, became a tenured associate professor in 2003, and professor in 2007. She served as associate dean of the UNL College of Architecture from 2008-11, department head and professor of interior architecture and product design at Kansas State University from 2011-16, and dean of the UNL College of Architecture from 2016-22. She has also held academic positions at Radford University and Washington State University.

Ankerson’s leadership has ranged from university committees and task forces to North American organizations including the Interior Design Educators’ Council President (2014), Council for Interior Design Accreditation Board Chair (2021), numerous roundtables, focus groups, and many of the industry's highest award selection panels. 

An award-winning author and educator, Ankerson was named the International Interior Design Association’s 2020 Educator of the Year, received the 2022 American Institute of Architects Nebraska Award for Architectural/Design Education, and inducted as a Fellow in the Interior Design Educators Council and as a member of the International Interior Design Association College of Fellows, in which less than 1% of members are inducted. 

Karla Zadnik - Ohio State University

At The Ohio State University, Dr. Karla Zadnik is the interim executive vice president and provost and College of Public Health interim dean. She served The Ohio State University College of Optometry as dean since 2014 and. She is a prominent patient-oriented researcher in the field of optometry and vision science. She serves as the lead dean for the seven health science colleges and chairs the Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board.

She received her OD and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2023. Dr. Zadnik is also the Glenn A. Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics, an Ohio State Distinguished Scholar. She is a past president of the American Academy of Optometry and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and President of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She served a four-year term on the National Advisory Eye Council for the National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Zadnik was the Study Chairman for the National Eye Institute-funded Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study for 20 years and chaired the first-ever NEI-funded multicenter study based in optometry, the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study. Her research funds from the National Institutes of Health total $40 million across her career. 

Tracy Langkilde - Pennsylvania State University

Tracy Langkilde, the Verne M. Willaman Dean of the Eberly College of Science, was named interim executive vice president and provost of Penn State, effective April 15.

 Tracy Langkilde is internationally recognized for her research in herpetology, the biology of amphibians and reptiles. Her recent work has been at the interface of ecology and evolution, focused on understanding how organisms’ behavior and physiology are matched to their environment, and how they respond to novel selective pressures imposed by global environmental change. She came to Penn State in 2007 and has served as the department head of biology since 2016. Langkilde was appointed dean of the Eberly College of Science on August 24, 2020.

 She began her academic career in 2007 as an assistant professor of biology at Penn State and advanced to associate professor in 2012 and then professor in 2016. She has been a leader in graduate and undergraduate education and programs in biology, and over her tenure at the University has trained 8 postdoctoral scholars, 13 doctoral students, and 2 master’s students, as well as more than 60 undergraduates in her research program. Langkilde has also championed a number of initiatives advancing inclusion, equity, and diversity at Penn State, promoting excellence in research and education, and engaging students, faculty, and alumni across the University, and she continued to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in her research  lab, located in Mueller Laboratory.

 Langkilde earned her bachelor’s degree in 1999 from the School of Tropical Biology at James Cook University and her doctorate in 2005 from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, after which she pursued postdoctoral studies as a Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for two years prior to her first academic appointment at Penn State. For her research, Langkilde was named Distinguished Herpetologist—the field’s top honor—in 2019 by the Herpetologists’ League, an international organization of people devoted to studying herpetology. And in 2011, she received the Edward D. Bellis Award in Ecology for her outstanding contribution and dedication to educating and training graduate students in Penn State’s Intercollegiate Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Langkilde was also a featured researcher in one of the most widely used biology undergraduate textbooks, Campbell Biology.


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Patrick Wolfe - Purdue University

Patrick Wolfe

Patrick J. Wolfe became Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity of Purdue University on January 1, 2023. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with degrees in electrical engineering and music and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Wolfe served Purdue University as the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science and the Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science with faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering. Previously, Dr. Wolfe taught at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He joined the faculty of University College London in 2012, where he became the founding executive director of its Big Data Institute.

Provost Wolfe specializes in the mathematical foundations of data science.

He is currently a trustee and non-executive director of the Alan Turing Institute, the United Kingdom’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. He has received research awards from the Royal Society, the Acoustical Society of America, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  He was named the inaugural IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Data Science.

A past recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House while at Harvard, Provost Wolfe provides expert advice on applications of data science to a range of national and international entities and organizations.


Prabhas Moghe - Rutgers University-New Brunswick

prabhas_moghe-for-web956cPrabhas Moghe was named Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Rutgers University effective October 5, 2020, and was appointed Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Research and Academic Affairs for Rutgers–New Brunswick in July, 2019. Dr. Moghe received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bombay (UDCT), his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Specialty: Bioengineering) from the University of Minnesota in 1993, and trained on a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioengineering at Harvard Medical School from 1993 to 1995.

Dr. Moghe has been on the University of Rutgers faculty since 1995 and was named a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, in 2013, earning honors for his teaching and innovative research on tissue engineering and nanomedicine, which has been widely published in leading scholarly journals. A recipient of the university’s Leadership in Diversity Award, Dr. Moghe is actively leading programs to broaden the participation of minority students in STEM disciplines. 

He has directed two National Science Foundation-sponsored graduate training programs spanning 12 years—in biologic interfaces and in stem cell science and engineering. In addition to his School of Engineering appointment, he has also served as an adjunct professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School since 2008 and is Full Member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

He has also launched programs to promote the advancement of women in STEM fields, especially in computer science, through partnerships with Douglass Residential College and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and programs to foster a more vibrant, innovative, and creative mindset among Rutgers students. He was also named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

Katherine Baicker - University of Chicago (Affiliate)

Katherine Baicker was named Provost of the University of Chicago in March 2023. She earned her B.A. in economics from Yale and her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.

A leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy, she is the Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she served as Dean for five years prior to being appointed Provost.

Before coming to the University of Chicago, Dr. Baicker was the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a director of Eli Lilly and a trustee of the Mayo Clinic, NORC, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Urban Institute. Baicker is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Baicker’s research focuses on the effectiveness of public and private health insurance, including the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care. Her large-scale research projects include the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a randomized evaluation of the effects of Medicaid coverage. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, JAMA, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

She serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Health Care Management. She has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; Chair of the Board of Directors of Academy Health; and Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. From 2005-2007, she served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy.

Charles Lee Isbell - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Charles Lee Isbell, Jr. began serving as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in August of 2023. He received his bachelor of science degree from Georgia Tech and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prior to his appointment at UW-Madison, Dr. Isbell served as the Dean and John P. Imlay, Jr. Chair of the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, beginning July 2019. He also conducted research at AT&T Labs/Research before joining the faculty of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, he served as an Associate Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Computing.

Dr. Isbell is a computationalist, researcher, educator, and advocate for access in higher education. His research interests are varied and include artificial intelligence with particular emphasis on developing technologies that can interact with systems and with humans in ways that are adaptive and collaborative, including using machine learning to model human behavior. His focus throughout his academic career has been both on research and educational reform. He is a strong believer in the role of higher education generally, and broad, research-focused universities in particular, in providing opportunities for deep engagement in what it means to be an active and productive citizen.

Dr. Isbell’s work has been featured in technical collections, but also the popular media, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Netflix. He has won best paper awards for his technical contributions; been named a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow; and been awarded both the NSF CAREER and DARPA CSSG awards for young investigators. He is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S). He has served on a number of advisory boards for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Academies.