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Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation

Convocation Speaker

Steven C. Currall

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Steven C. Currall is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Methodist University. As Provost, he oversees the university’s academic activity including seven academic units: Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman School of Law, Meadows School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Perkins School of Theology, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He is also responsible for additional units that include the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Central University Libraries, satellite Campuses in Plano, Texas and at Taos, New Mexico, the Office of Assessment and Accreditation, the Office of Institutional Research, the International Center, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Division of Enrollment Services (undergraduate admission, office of financial aid, student financials office, and the Registrar), and several student programs such as the SMU honors groups.

Currall previously worked at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), where he served as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Strategic Projects and Initiatives and as Professor of Management. As Chancellor's Senior Advisor, Currall co-chaired campus- wide strategic visioning exercises to position UC Davis as the "University of the 21st Century." He also led planning for an additional campus in the Sacramento region, which included the academic strategy, financial plan, fundraising plan, analysis of physical facilities, organization of advisory groups, and liaison to the Academic Senate.

Additional leadership experience included serving as the Dean of the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis, leading the School to the highest ranking in its history; Endowed Chair holder; founding Chair of an academic department; leadership of seven centers/institutes, and campus-wide service roles as Chair of the Task Force on Faculty Salary Equity, Chair of the Strategic Review of Human Resources, Chair of Board of Directors of the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation, Vice Chair of Chancellor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Research, and member of the Vision of Excellence committee.

Currall has served as a member of the boards of BioHouston (interim Vice Chair; Executive Committee; chair of Governance Committee), Leadership in Medicine, Inc., Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas, and Interferometrics, Inc., a venture-funded medical device start-up. He has been quoted over 600 times in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Business Week, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television, and the Nightly Business Report on public television.