Our Mission

The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is an academic administrative arm of the Provost’s Office. Our chief focus is to assist the Provost by serving Rice’s faculty. We do that by managing a variety of faculty data systems and administrative processes. In addition, we liaise with the Faculty Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, and represent the Provost on various committees, working groups, and projects.

from left to right, front row: Louma Ghandour, Julia Amborski, Heather Holley
back row: 
Cortlan Wickliff, Celeste Boudreaux, Susannah Mira, C. Fred Higgs III

Several other offices report to the Provost through ours:


C. Fred Higgs III, PhD
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
430 Allen Center

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives
330C Allen Center
strategic planning and special projects

Celeste Boudreaux
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs 
330 Allen Center
faculty data administration, new systems, 
budget oversight
Heather Holley
Department Coordinator
330 Allen Center
Dr. Higgs' calendar, data processing, financial processing

Susannah Mira, MLIS

Faculty Data Steward
330 Allen Center

faculty search tools, data validation, General Announcements 

Also in 330 Allen Center:
Director, Office of Faculty Development
330D Allen Center
Office Manager, Office of Faculty Development
330 Allen Center