Convocation Speaker

Provost Elizabeth G. Loboa

Provost Elizabeth G. LoboaElizabeth G. Loboa joined SMU as Provost and Vice president for Academic Affairs on July 6, 2020. As chief academic officer for the University, she is responsible for the overall quality of teaching, scholarship and research as well as all aspects of academic life, ranging from admissions and faculty development to supervision of SMU’s eight schools, library system and international programs.

Loboa, a biomedical engineer, brings a distinguished academic record and broad university leadership experience to SMU. She spent the previous five years at the University of Missouri, where she served as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships and Dean and Ketcham Professor of the College of Engineering. At Missouri, Loboa oversaw more than 140 faculty members and 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. She also helped lead the $221 million NextGen Precision Health Institute, the largest capital research project ever undertaken at the university.

Loboa is a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She earned the INSIGHT into Diversity Giving Back Award, Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, UC Davis Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal, Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award, and the UK-US Stem Cell Collaboration Development Award, among others.

Until becoming SMU Provost, Loboa served as a director for the Engineering Deans Council for the American Society for Engineering Education.