An accomplished higher education leader and internationally recognized scholar, Charles F. Zukoski, PhD, has served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs since 2012. As the university’s second ranking officer, he is responsible for overseeing all academic and academic support programs.
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.
Dr. Zukoski joined UB from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. At Illinois, Zukoski served as vice chancellor of research where he led major changes in technology commercialization and economic engagement activities. A global citizen and leader in higher education internationalization, he was also the Chair of the Science and Engineering Research Council in Singapore prior to coming to UB.
His research focuses on the chemical and physical properties that underlie changes in the state of dispersion of colloidal particles. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Zukoski was named one of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Provost Zukoski holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Reed College and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University.
The provost and executive vice president for academic affairs is the university’s chief academic officer and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision. The provost provides leadership across the academic enterprise through the articulation and support of academic priorities. These priorities include excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; faculty excellence in teaching, research, and public service; intellectual, geographic and cultural diversity of faculty and students; trans-disciplinary innovation in research, scholarship, and creative activities; and global leadership in research and education. As the university’s second ranking officer, the provost reports directly to the president.