Charles F. ZukoskiProvost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Southern California
An accomplished higher education leader and internationally recognized scholar, Charles F. Zukoski, PhD, is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California since 2019. As the university’s second-ranking officer, he is responsible for overseeing all academic and academic support programs. Previously, he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University at Buffalo.
A deep believer in the power of higher education to improve society, Provost Zukoski is committed to providing transformative educational experiences that prepare students for future success, growing UB’s impact through interdisciplinary excellence and meaningful engagement, and enhancing its strength as a truly global university. Under his leadership, the university has transformed its general education program, increased international and experiential learning opportunities, significantly improved graduation rates, grown and diversified the student body, and enhanced faculty research productivity and impact.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Provost Zukoski was named one of the “Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University.