An internationally recognized scholar in chemical engineering and an accomplished leader in public-private research partnerships, Charles F. Zukoski was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in June 2012 following an international search.
As the university’s second, ranking officer, the Provost is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision. A deep believer in the power of higher education to improve society, Dr. Zukoski is committed to the public research university as an institution that creates opportunities for individuals to better their lives. Together with President Tripathi, Provost Zukoski is engaging the campus community with an initiative to capitalize on UB’s distinctive academic strengths.
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.