Mark BiermannAdministrative responsibilities for the academic programs at Valparaiso University reside in the Office of the Provost. Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The provost serves in a position similar to that of a chief operating officer in the corporate setting and functions as the chief executive officer in the absence of the president. In addition to providing leadership for academic programs, the provost has oversight for the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Chapel and Church Vocations, and The Cresset. The major academic units at Valparaiso University are:


Also part of the administrative structure of the Office of the Provost and playing significant roles in the academic environment on campus are:

Rick GillmanAssociate Provost Rick Gillman, D.A.

Areas of Responsibility:


jaishankar_ramanAssistant Provost Jaishankar Raman, Ph.D.

Areas of Responsibility:

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phillip powellSpecial Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion Phillip Powell, Ed.D.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Campus Diversity and Inclusion
  • Office of Disability Support Services
  • Diversity Advocates for Hiring and Retention
  • Diversity and Inclusion Programming
  • Diversity Facilitators Program

David RowlandExecutive Director of the Office
of Institutional Innovation David L. Rowland, Ph.D.

Area of Responsibility:

  • Office of Institutional Innovation