The provost and senior vice president is Kansas State University's Chief Academic Officer, whose most important duties are to oversee the academic affairs of the university and ensure its academic standards. In cooperation with the president, vice presidents, and the Deans Council, the provost provides leadership in the development, review, and implementation of policies and goals related to teaching and learning, research, and engagement.
The provost works closely with the president to develop university priorities and administer its policies. The provost also serves as a representative of the president and in place of the president during his absence.
The deans of the nine academic colleges, the libraries, Graduate School, and the Global Campus report to the provost. Other reporting units and programs include K-State Olathe; K-State Polytechnic; and the Staley School for Leadership Studies; as well as Academic Affairs; the Center for Engagement and Community Development; Diversity; Information Technology Services; Institutional Effectiveness; International Programs; Sustainability and Undergraduate Studies.