Bill Hardgrave, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Bill Hardgrave began serving as Auburn University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in January, 2018. He is the Wells Fargo Professor in the Harbert College of Business, where he also served as dean from August 2010 through December 2017.
As the chief academic officer, Provost Hardgrave provides leadership to Auburn’s 13 colleges and schools and oversees the university’s academic resources, support units, and instructional and research programs. Establishing the academic priorities for the university, Hardgrave leads initiatives designed to promote student and faculty success and ensures the quality of student learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Providing leadership to the faculty, Hardgrave manages the processes for faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions, and tenure.
As dean, Hardgrave oversaw the growth of the Harbert College of Business to include significant increases in student enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, resources for students and faculty, and research advancements. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, including a $40 million gift from 1982 alumnus and namesake Raymond Harbert. Read More about Provost Hardgrave