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Dean of Graduate Studies to Serve as Interim Provost at UT Austin

Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Judith H. Langlois has been named interim provost. She will begin May 26 and serve in that position while the university searches for a permanent provost.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Judith H. Langlois has been named interim provost at The University of Texas at Austin. She will begin May 26 and serve in that position while the university searches for a permanent provost to replace Gregory L. Fenves, who will become UT Austin’s next president.

An expert in infant and child development, Langlois joined the university’s Psychology Department in 1973. She has twice served as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and also served as interim dean of Graduate Studies before assuming her current post in 2013.

“Judy has worked closely with students, faculty and deans for several decades. Her leadership on campus is unparalleled, and she will be an outstanding partner as we seek to innovate excellence on the Forty Acres,” said Fenves, who will begin as president June 3.

Outgoing President Bill Powers appointed Langlois to the new post this week, in close consultation with Fenves.

“UT Austin is a great institution. I want to help it continue to thrive and become even greater. I am thrilled to be able to do so as interim provost,” said Langlois.

In a message to campus, Powers also announced that the search for the next provost will begin immediately and invited students and faculty members to nominate members of the search committee.

The provost’s office coordinates the academic mission of the university, managing all aspects of the academic experience for students, as well as policies and procedures related to the faculty and administration of the departments, colleges, and schools and other academic units.