Recommended Appointment of Provost McCauley to a Full Term

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to recommend that the service of Laurie McCauley, University of Michigan’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, be extended to a full term, effective March 1, 2023 through June 30, 2027. The Board of Regents will consider this full extension at the Feb. 16 board meeting.

Provost McCauley’s service began last May, and she has served with distinction and honor. I continue to be grateful for her proven ability, her sage advice and dedication to our university. I could not imagine a better partner.

Provost McCauley has brought steadfast and inspired leadership to the role of the institution’s chief academic and budgetary officer. She has launched initiatives on student success, faculty hiring and increased support of faculty and campus academic infrastructure. Provost McCauley has become an integral part of the executive leadership team of the university providing critical support and insight during the recent presidential transition and helping to shape new initiatives and priorities. She has also engaged in an effort to modernize the organization and staffing of the provost’s office.

Before her appointment as provost, she served as dean and the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar professor of periodontics in our School of Dentistry, with an additional appointment as a professor of pathology in our Medical School.

During her service as dean, she galvanized the school around a shared vision that focuses on five domains: people, education, research and discovery, patient care and responsible growth and sustainability. The School of Dentistry has been ranked first in the nation for eight consecutive years by QS World University Rankings and first in the world for six consecutive years by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

She also oversaw a transformative $142 million expansion and renovation project of the school’s clinical and educational facilities with funding secured from the state of Michigan, and from institutional and donor sources.

After earning her B.S., D.D.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University, Provost McCauley joined the U-M’s School of Dentistry faculty as an assistant professor in 1992. For more than 25 years, she has led an active research program in hormonal controls of bone remodeling, parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone, and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis while being actively engaged in teaching and clinical practice. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Please join me in extending Provost McCauley our best wishes for her continued success.


Santa J. Ono