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Office of the Provost


As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, I am honored to oversee the academic mission at Western Kentucky University.

We are a leading, comprehensive, student-centered, applied-research university with a central commitment to student success.  We offer all the resources of a large public higher education institution while providing our students with a personalized experience through quality instruction, state-of-the-art technology, and a myriad of experiential learning opportunities such as hands-on research, internships, and study abroad.

We take pride in our outstanding academic programs, beautiful campus, high quality academic and support facilities, outstanding group of faculty, staff, and students.  Together we are helping to create a better future for the campus and Bowling Green communities, the people of Kentucky, our nation, and the world, not only through applied research but also through world class health care, art and cultural opportunities, and continuing and distance education.  Most important, we are preparing the next generation of artists, scholars, scientists, skilled professionals, leaders, and responsible global citizens who will carry on a proud legacy of engagement and excellence.

In everything we do, we are guided by a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are fundamental to our pursuit of excellence in every area of our academic mission.  We also approach every aspect of our mission from a global perspective, because we recognize that as the world becomes smaller and more interconnected, appreciation and understanding of cultures other than our own are vital for the success of our students, faculty, and staff alike.

It is a privilege to be part of this extraordinary community, and to have the opportunity to support the success of our faculty, staff, and students who are doing such remarkable work every day.

Best Regards,

Robert "Bud" Fischer

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs provost@wku.edu


The Office of the Provost promotes and supports the students, faculty, and staff within the Division of Academic Affairs and works collaboratively with all WKU divisions to ensure student success.


The Office of the Provost will provide the transparent leadership, guidance, and support to ensure the Division of Academic Affairs meets the needs of Our Students, Our Hill, and Our Community.

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 Last Modified 10/12/22