In the News, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Elizabeth Watkins 

Student wearing mask holds Tested! sticker.
Students receive Bear Bucks for COVID-19 test results
An incentive program aims to increase testing compliance and improve campus health at UC Riverside.
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Provost Watkins
The new provost is ready to get started
Elizabeth Watkins is UC Riverside's new provost and executive vice chancellor. The provost is eager to help raise the profile and funding support for UCR's research enterprise, and to work with its high-achieving students — this past year, UCR set a new six-year graduation rate record — many of whom are first-generation students, and from underrepresented and low-income families.
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Elizabeth Watkins to be appointed UCR provost and EVC
UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced the appointment of Elizabeth Watkins as provost and executive vice chancellor effective May 1, 2021, pending approval by University of California President Michael Drake. Watkins has extensive experience as a University of California administrator, faculty member, and leader in the Academic Senate.
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Provost Past Letters

April 6, 2022: Emily Engelschall AVCES 

March 28, 2022: Shaun Bowler Grad Division 

March 17, 2022: MarkoPrincevac_VPIA.pdf

March 9, 2022: DeanSOE_ Search.pdf

March 2, 2022: KenBaerenklau_IVP_EducationDean.pdf

February 15, 2022: DeborahDeas_DeanSOM.pdf

January 28, 2022: CompassionateClause.pdf

January 27, 2022: Matthew Gunkel_AVCCIO.pdf

January 25, 2022: JenniferBrown EducationDean.pdf

January 24,  2022: Remote to In Person.pdf

January 24,  2022: InPersonReturn.pdf

January 14,  2022:  WinterCampusUpdate.pdf

November 22, 2021: AnilDeolalikar_PublicPolicy.pdf

November 15, 2021:  OperatingBudget.pdf

Provost Liz Watkins Headshot on Campus


Provost Elizabeth Watkins holds weekly office hours to get to know and hear from faculty, staff, and students at UCR. Instead of gathering in a large forum, office hours are opportunities to chat one-on-one or in small groups. Campus members can bring any questions or concerns to the meeting or use the meeting time to share perspectives and ideas. 

The office hours are offered by campus affiliation on a rotating basis, one week for staff, the next for faculty, the following for students, and so on. You can sign up for a 15-minute time slot below. 

For your first time registering for office hours, follow the link to the time slot you'd like below and then simply click "Login/Create Account" and register for your time slot once you are logged in. 

*Note* Office Hours will begin meeting primarily in-person starting September 1st. The Provost's Office is on the 4th Floor of Hinderaker Hall (Suite 4148). If a remote/Zoom option is needed, one will be provided closer to your appointment date.


Wednesday, April 6th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  
Wednesday, May 4th,  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  
Thursday, June 9th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm 


Wednesday, April 13th, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Tuesday, May 10th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  
Friday, June 17th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  


Friday, April 15th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Monday, May 16th, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Wednesday, June 8th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.