Office of the Provost
Provost’s Office Leadership Update
I’m writing to share that Michael Bradford, Vice Provost for Faculty, Staff, and Student Development and Professor of Dramatic Arts has accepted the position of Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Davis and will be leaving UConn February 3rd to begin this new role. While we are thrilled for Michael for this new opportunity, we are so sorry to lose a trusted colleague and friend who has shown such compassion, thoughtfulness and positivity to our community. On behalf of the Provost’s Office and the entire university administration, I want to thank Michael for his service to UConn in the more than 20 years he has spent here.
Michael joined the Provost’s Office in fall of 2020 and has had an extraordinary impact on the lives of students, faculty and staff. In his role, Michael oversaw faculty onboarding and retention, faculty and academic staff development and recognition, equity and access, and student success initiatives. Michael has played a critical role in UConn’s Life-Transformative Education initiative, cultivating an environment of authentic relationships and learning opportunities for undergraduate students.
Michael is a tireless advocate for faculty and staff alike. He has worked closely with the Provost’s academic success units and other university partners, such as the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, to promote faculty, staff, and student achievement in all aspects. He developed a cohort-style onboarding program for new faculty and has been a leader in creating shared learning and networking experiences for incoming faculty.
Before joining the Provost’s Office, Michael served as department head of Dramatic Arts, artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and faculty director of Schola2rs House Learning Community. I would not be able to put into words the impact Michael has had on UConn’s community throughout all of these roles.
For the immediate future, I have asked each of our other vice provosts to take on pieces of Michael’s role, while I take some time to develop a new organizational plan for the Provost’s Office. I’ll share more details in the coming months.
There will be an event to recognize Michael’s accomplishments and impact on the UConn community on January 26th (Click here for more details). Please join me in congratulating Michael on his new role and thanking him for his service to UConn.
Anne D’Alleva, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Connecticut
Office of the Provost
352 Mansfield Road, U-1086
Storrs CT 06269-1086
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