Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Provost Liz Watkins on Campus at UCR

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor,
Elizabeth Watkins 

Elizabeth Watkins became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UC Riverside on May 1, 2021.

The Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor is the chief academic and operating officer for the campus, providing leadership to the entire academic enterprise, managing day-to-day operations of the university, and overseeing resource allocation. The Provost serves as a member of the campus leadership team and works closely with the Chancellor, the chair of the Academic Senate, and the Deans of UCR's colleges, schools, and divisions to formulate and realize campus goals. In the Chancellor’s absence, the Provost serves as the chief executive officer of the University of California, Riverside.

The Provost is responsible for the academic enterprise and numerous organizations report directly to the office. For more information on the organizational structure, see the "Organization" page.

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University of California, Riverside Mission Statement

The University of California, Riverside will transform the lives of the diverse people of California, the nation, and the world through the discovery, communication, translation, application, and preservation of knowledge – thereby enriching the state’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.

Our Campus of Respect

UCR Campus including bell tower

A core strength of a major research university is the rich exchange of a diversity of ideas, perspectives, and opinions. At the University of California, Riverside, our students, faculty, staff, and guests represent a range of differences and often unrecognized similarities in culture, background, and outlooks, making the University a richer and more intellectually exciting place.

Principles Guiding Speech and Assembly

A core value of the University of California, Riverside, is to provide a safe, nurturing, and enabling environment for faculty, students, and staff to freely pursue the academic mission of teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and engagement with the broader community through outreach and service. Of equal importance are the business and operational activities that enable the academic mission to be executed.

Use the link below to access more information about UC Riverside's commitment to freedom of speech and expression, including resources for faculty and students. 


UCR as an Anchor Institution Advancing the Public Good

A pillar of the mission of the University of California, Riverside, is to advance the public good through our research, teaching and service. We engage actively with our region in mutually beneficial ways that maximize impact and solve pressing problems. We have received national recognition for our community engaged research, teaching, service and economic impact. Learn more at the link below.

Community Engagement