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paula myrick short

Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D.

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Houston System

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer and is responsible for student access and success. The Provost initiates and oversees a broad range of programs which benefit students throughout the University of Houston and the community, including undergraduate, graduate, continuing and distance education programs, as well as all academic programs and policies. The Provost also oversees faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure.


Since her appointment in June 2013, among her many accomplishments, she has established the UH Graduate School and the Leadership Academy for Department Chairs, and implemented several student success initiatives such as UH in 4. Dr. Short came to the University of Houston July 2012 as Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Policy, Research, and Evaluation. Prior to joining UH, Dr. Short served 12 years as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, annually serving more than 200,000 students. She is credited with developing the only empirically-derived measure of organizational empowerment, which has been used in over 500 research studies and translated into 11 languages.  She has published more than 95 scholarly articles, 14 books, dozens of book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. Dr. Short received her Ph.D. in Administration in the Department of Organizational Development and Institutional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • Academic quality and student success
  • Ensuring a positive learning and working environment
  • Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan
  • Institutional accreditation and accountability
  • Recruiting and maintaining a top-quality faculty
  • Managing academic appointments, searches, tenure, and promotion
  • Leading the university’s internationalization efforts


University of Houston
203 Ezekiel Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204
Phone: 832-842-0550

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