As Provost, Peggy Agouris is the chief academic officer of William & Mary. The provost, in accordance with policies established by the Board of Visitors, is responsible for all academic and research programs, academic budgets, institutional planning, space allocation and faculty development.
Cultivate a Relevant, Vibrant Curriculum
Conscious of the changing needs of society, the job market and our students, the provost is committed to ensuring that William & Mary’s curriculum reflects and addresses the greatest needs of the day and continues to attract and retain excellent students and faculty. Through the collaborative work of our students, faculty and staff, William & Mary will be integral in shaping and contributing to our ever-evolving workforce and world.
Strengthen Research & Education
Attentive to the university’s R2 Carnegie Classification as a doctoral university with high research activity, the provost encourages the pursuit of cutting-edge basic and applied research by William & Mary's faculty and students. Achievement in research will leverage and enhance William & Mary’s foundational success and standing in undergraduate and graduate education.
Pursue Strategic New Ventures
To create new opportunities for students, faculty and staff into the future, the provost pursues new ventures that align with William & Mary’s strengths and objectives. These new ventures will expand and diversify the university's revenue streams through creative partnerships across sectors such as education, government and business.
Foster a Culture of Well-Being, Transparency & Inclusion
Collaboration, transparency and mutual respect are key components of the provost’s leadership style. Seeking active engagement with a diverse range of faculty, students and staff, the provost strives to co-create an academic culture that is high quality while also being supportive of one another’s well-being and success.
The provost's leadership team is composed of the deans of William & Mary's five schools and University Libraries; the vice provosts for Academic Affairs and for Research & Graduate/Professional Studies; the senior associate provost for Planning & New Ventures; the associate provost and university registrar; the associate provost for international affairs; the chief compliance officer; and the ombuds team.
Working with the academic deans, the provost is responsible for academic and research planning, faculty development and curricular and educational policy matters, including inauguration of new programs. The provost works closely with the faculty leadership, meeting routinely with both the Faculty Assembly and the Faculty Assembly Executive Committee. She is also the primary administrative contact for the Professional and Professional Faculty Assembly.
Jointly with the chief operations officer, the provost is responsible for budget planning and priorities, including resource allocation and expenditures. With the vice president for Strategic Initiatives & Public Affairs, the provost co-chairs the Planning Steering Committee, which oversees the university's strategic planning efforts.