Arizona State University Appoints Nancy Gonzalez as Its Next Provost

Nancy Gonzalez was appointed provost and executive vice president at Arizona State University. She will serve as provost pro tem and work with current provost Mark Searle until June 30, 2021, when he steps down to return to the full-time faculty. Dr. Gonzales will start her official term as executive vice president and university provost on July 1.

Professor Gonzales received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Washington. She then completed an internship in clinical psychology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gonzalez came back to ASU in 1992 as an assistant professor in psychology and moved up through both the academic and administrative ranks, most recently serving as dean of natural sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is also a Foundation Professor of Psychology and co-director of the REACH Institute at ASU. Dr. Gonzales has been active in developmental and clinical research with culturally diverse populations for more than 25 years, with continuous National Institutes of Health funding since 2001.

“Part of what I hope to do is provide those conditions for success to more students,” Dr. Gonzalez said of her new appointment. “I don’t think it’s a big mystery as to what individuals need to thrive in life. But we need to find flexible ways to provide those opportunities for more of our students, and at times in life when they can benefit most. I am inspired by ASU’s charter that prioritizes access and inclusion, and our commitment to universal learning as a means to achieving these goals.”

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