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Ralph C. Wilcox, Ph.D.

Ralph Wilcox was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for the University of South Florida System, and for the University of South Florida Tampa campus, in September 2009, having served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2008. He held the position of Professor and Vice Provost at the University of South Florida from 2003 to 2007, with primary responsibilities in policy analysis, planning and performance. He chairs the Council of Academic Vice Presidents, of the State University System of Florida, and serves as USF’s principal liaison to the Florida Board of Governors.

The University of South Florida is the ninth largest university in the United States, serving more than 45,000 students. With a budget of $1.6 billion, USF offers upward of 200 degree programs and is classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as both a top tier research institution (Very High Research Activity), and a community engaged university.


Dr. Wilcox holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, the M.Sc. degree from Washington State University, and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. In 2001, he was selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education, and is a recipient of the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Research Fellowship. In 2003, he was invited to participate in the Oxford Round Table on Higher Education. Dr. Wilcox's scholarly expertise is in cultural studies and globalization. He has presented his work extensively and has published two books, together with numerous articles in leading national and international journals. He has received upward of $10 million in research contracts and grants.
Dr. Wilcox has a long history of community and global engagement, and has been a strong proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration. He formerly served as Interim Vice President and Campus Executive Officer of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and has held tenured faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, and Hofstra University.

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