The Provost, the second officer of the university, reports directly to the president and serves as the university’s chief executive officer in the absence of the president. As the chief operating officer of the university, the provost supervises the activities of the vice presidents and seeks their consensus in support of mutually developed plans. As chief academic officer, the provost carries broad responsibility for the university’s academic programs and ensures the fulfillment of the university’s academic goals. The provost holds both these to guarantee that all university activities contribute to the fulfillment of La Sierra’s academic mission.
Reporting to the provost are the vice presidents, the associate provost, the deans of the university’s schools, the director of the library, director of institutional research, and each person holding the rank of director within the division.