Vanderbilt provost to step down in June

McCarty will rejoin faculty after yearlong leave

Richard McCarty, who has served as Vanderbilt University’s chief academic officer since 2008, announced today he will step down as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in June 2014.

McCarty (pictured), whose academic training is in biology, psychology and zoology, will rejoin the faculty after a yearlong leave. A national search is planned to find his successor, Vanderbilt officials said.

“Richard has led the academic initiatives of the university with integrity, commitment and purpose,” VU Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said in a release. “Our mission of education and research has flourished under his leadership. He is a distinguished scholar, a respected member of the Vanderbilt community and entirely dedicated to providing our students the best educational experience in the country. He has been a true partner to me, and I will miss his wise counsel.”

As provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, McCarty has responsibility for academic programs in the Blair School of Music, the College of Arts and Science, the Divinity School, the School of Engineering, the Graduate School, the Law School, the Owen Graduate School of Management and Peabody College of Education and Human Development. In addition, he oversees residential and student life, admissions and financial aid, and research.

During his tenure, McCarty has recruited some high-profile faculty to Vanderbilt, including three new deans during the past two years, according to the university. Undergraduate and graduate applications have grown at record rates and student diversity has increased. He has played significant leadership roles in Vanderbilt’s financial aid and digital learning initiatives and has overseen the development of the university’s residential learning program.

McCarty came to Vanderbilt in 2001 as dean of the College of Arts and Science, a position he held for seven years before being named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

An authority on the physiological and behavioral aspects of stress, McCarty received his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in zoology from Old Dominion University before earning a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.

McCarty spent two years as a research associate in pharmacology with the National Institute of Mental Health before joining the University of Virginia in 1978 as an assistant professor of psychology, rising to department chair before taking a leave of absence to join the American Psychological Association as executive director for science.