Dr. Jennifer P. Bott, provost and vice president for academic affairs, is the chief academic officer and chief administrative officer following the president of Western Michigan University. The provost oversees academic policies and activities throughout the University and is responsible for long-range planning for, as well as coordination of the administrative and support functions of, the University’s academic enterprise.

Reporting directly to the provost and vice president for academic affairs are the deans of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Education and Human Development, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services as well as the Haworth College of Business, the Lee Honors College, the Graduate College and University Libraries. Additionally, the provost is responsible for and has oversight over the chief information officer, vice provost for budget and personnel, and associate provosts for enrollment management, Extended University Programs, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, institutional effectiveness, and undergraduate programs and assessment, as well as the director of Academic Labor Relations and Contract Negotiation.