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Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Minnesota

Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel T.A. Croson is the chief academic officer of the University of Minnesota multi-campus system and provost for the Twin Cities campus, with overarching responsibility for fostering the academic excellence of the educational and research missions of the university and providing leadership for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education.

She came to the University of Minnesota from Michigan State University (MSU), where she served as Dean of the College of Social Science and MSU Foundation Professor of Economics. She is professor of economics and the 2018 winner of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. Prior to her tenure at MSU, she served as dean of the School of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington, division director for Social and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, professor and director of the Negotiations Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics and the philosophy of science from the University of Pennsylvania and her master's and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.


  • 2020–present
    Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Minnesota
  • 2016–2020
    Dean, College of Social Science, Michigan State University
  • 2013–2016
    Dean, College of Business, UT Arlington
  • 2007–2012
    Professor and director, University of Texas, Dallas
  • 2010–2012
    Division director, Social and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation
  • 1994–2007
    Associate professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania