Provost Welcome

Provost Paul BlakeWelcome to the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs!

As the Chief Academic Officer of the University, it is my responsibility to provide administrative leadership and foster excellence in the creation, development, and implementation of academic programs, plans, and policies for the Academic Affairs division.

This leadership includes strategic planning and resource allocation. I collaborate with academic deans, department chairs, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, as well as with the President and other executive leaders across campus, to envision, support, and enhance Ferris' mission of providing career-oriented education. 

The academic division includes the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy. As you can see from the left navigation bar, we support a variety of other offices and units on campus, in Grand Rapids, and at 20 off-site locations. 

Our Statement of Purpose, "To create, support and enhance the learner-centered environment that is central to the University mission of preparing students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning in a rapidly changing global economy and society," is central in all that we do as are the Ferris State University Mission, Vision & Core Values.

Ferris' reputation continues to grow as evidenced by the New York Times opinion piece this summer citing Ferris for exceeding expected graduation rates. Ferris was also designated this spring by the Center for First-generation Student Success as a First Forward institution, a national honor that recognizes Ferris' efforts to advance educational opportunities for first generation students.

I salute our outstanding faculty who drive our academic initiatives and curricular and pedagogical innovations, as well as our caring staff who are committed to helping our students succeed. Together, their efforts create a dynamic experiential learning environment that gives our students the skills needed for successful careers in a globalized world. 

I encourage you to browse through our website and read about upcoming events, ongoing initiatives, and news about the Academic Affairs Division.

Paul Blake
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs