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Paul W. Ludden
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Paul W. Ludden is SMU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Formerly dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Ludden also is a scholar in environmental biochemistry and holds a tenured professorship in the Department of Biological Sciences. As the University’s chief academic officer, he oversees all aspects of academic life, ranging from admissions and faculty development to supervision of SMU’s seven schools, library system, and international programs.

About Provost Ludden
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Ludden received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1972 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977. After a Rockefeller postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University, he served as an assistant professor at the University of California-Riverside. In 1981 he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he rose to the rank of full professor.

At Wisconsin, he directed the Biochemistry Graduate Program for 14 years and taught in the highly regarded Biocore Program for undergraduates. Continuing his administrative career while pursuing his research interests, he served as assistant chair of the Biochemistry Department and later as executive associate dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, at Wisconsin.

In 2002 Ludden joined UC, Berkeley as dean of the College of Natural Resources and professor of plant and microbial biology. In addition to his duties as dean, he taught a first-year seminar and co-taught the core microbiology course for undergraduate majors. While at Berkeley, he held a concurrent appointment as a faculty member at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and represented Berkeley on several environmental science groups and in the University-Industry.

An expert on microbial biochemistry, Ludden with his students has published more than 175 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. His work was chosen by the NIH for a 10-year Merit Award that provides support for his laboratory.

He and his wife Linda have two children, Jason and Lindsey. Jason is a Ph.D. student in creative writing at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Lindsey is a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin.

Honors & Awards
Ludden has received numerous honors, among them the Steenbock Career Development Award, the Romnes Faculty Fellowship, and the WARF Mid-Career Award at Wisconsin, the American Society of Microbiology Graduate Teaching Award, and an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in Sweden. Elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is a member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the American Society of Biological Chemists.

His contributions to the profession include serving as panel manager for the USDA Competitive Grants Panel; as co-chair of the Board of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examination in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; and as a member of the NIH Microbial Physiology and Genetics Study Section. Ludden has served on numerous other university, government and business advisory boards and panels.

Contact Information

Physical Address: Mailing Address:
Southern Methodist University Southern Methodist University
Perkins Administration Building Office of the Provost
6425 Boaz Lane, Suite 219 P.O. Box 750221
Dallas, Texas 75205 Dallas, Texas 75275-0221
Phone: (214)768-3219  
Other Contacts:  
Carolyn Jeter, Assistant to the Provost  
(214) 768-1491