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The Role of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The provost is the chief academic officer of the University of the Arts, responsible for academic policies and activities across the University. Provost Kucker oversees the deans of the College of Art, Media & Design and the College of Performing Arts, as well as the divisions of Liberal Arts and Continuing Studies and all academic support units.

Meet Provost Patricia Kucker

Patricia Kucker was named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs of the University of the Arts in September 2016, joining UArts from the University of Cincinnati, where she served as associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Curriculum in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and as an associate professor of Architecture.

For more than 20 years, Provost Kucker has made significant contributions to a number of highly regarded schools while holding administrative and faculty positions. In her most recent post as associate dean, she played a leading role in an internationally ranked multi-disciplinary college of art and design, serving more than 2,300 students.

Provost Kucker is a licensed architect who practiced in Philadelphia for 10 years and has taught architecture and urban design at numerous institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. She has received awards for her design work and teaching, and has also received recognition in local, national and international design competitions. In 2008, Provost Kucker received the distinguished alumni award from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University, and she serves on the advisory board for the Stuckeman School there.

She earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.