Acting Executive Vice President and University Provost
Dale B. Billingsley
The executive vice president and university provost (PDF) manages both the day-to-day and long-term academic operation of the university. This office provides leadership for the academic affairs of the university.
The executive vice president and university provost not only is responsible for setting the university’s course, through collaboration with faculty, staff and students, but also is charged with assuring that it stays on course. The executive vice president and university provost is an advisor to the university president and acts as president during presidential absences.
Dale B. Billingsley’s appointment as acting executive vice president and university provost at the University of Louisville became effective August 15, 2016. Dr. Billingsley is a 38-year member of the faculty, having come to UofL in 1978 as assistant professor of English. He most recently served as university vice provost for undergraduate affairs, a post he took over in 2007. In that role, he acted as the provost's liaison to the undergraduate academic units with general responsibility for Ideas to Action, the university's quality enhancement plan; for academic support services including REACH, advising and the university's enrollment management offices including admissions, financial aid and the registrar; military and veterans student services; tuition residency; and commencement. He also served as the university's liaison to Metropolitan College, the Council on Postsecondary Education for undergraduate academics, Jefferson County Public Schools and various related agencies.
Throughout his tenure, he continued as an English professor and also served as: director of freshman interdisciplinary studies (1981-82), director of undergraduate studies in English (1983-86), director of the university honors program (1986-89), acting assistant provost for internal affairs (1995-97), acting associate provost for institutional effectiveness and assessment (2002-03) and associate university provost for undergraduate affairs (2003-2007). In 1988, he was elected to the Executive Committee and in 1992 to the chair of the Faculty Senate, in which role he also served as the faculty trustee on the University Board of Trustees (1992-94). He has been active in student development and student life projects throughout his career. In July 1997, he began working half-time on the Project Management Team for the University's implementation of Project ORION, an administrative software system, and in January 1999 began service as the university provost's faculty liaison, working with the faculty senate and the division of information technology.
In 1998, Billingsley received the Trustees' Award for his contributions to the student experience at the university. He received the College of Arts and Sciences and the university Distinguished Service Awards for career of service in 2007; and in 2009, was honored with the Harold Adams Award from the university's Office of Student Affairs.