Lori Stewart Gonzalez
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.
Lori Stewart Gonzalez, Ph.D., serves as the executive vice president and university provost for the University of Louisville. Dr. Gonzalez received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in speech-pathology and audiology. She received a Master of Arts degree in communication disorders from Eastern Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in communication disorders from the University of Florida. She began her academic career at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1988. In 1991, she returned to the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She spent twenty years at the University where she served on the faculty, moving from assistant to professor and also served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. In 2005, she was appointed UK’s third Dean of the College of Health Sciences serving in that capacity for seven years. She served as provost and executive vice chancellor for three years beginning in 2011 at Appalachian State University and as special advisor to the senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina General Administration, the North Carolina public higher education authority during the 2015 academic year. From 2015 until the spring of 2021, she served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Gonzalez moved into the provost role at the University of Louisville in April 2021.