On Oct. 1, Charles Zukoski will begin his tenure as USC’s provost, university administration announced today. He is replacing former Provost Michael Quick, who retired on June 30.
Zukoski has served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University at Buffalo since 2012. He was previously the chair of chemical and bio-molecular engineering and vice chancellor of research at the University of Illinois.
Zukoski received his PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
“In Dr. Zukoski, we have found an active partner to help advance the university by building on our breadth and depth and seeking new opportunities for impact and leadership,” said new President Carol Folt in a email to students.
Zukoski said he was drawn to USC because of what its students and faculty have historically been able to accomplish.
“I was attracted to the job by the history and tradition of USC,” Zukoski said Tuesday in an interview with Annenberg Media shortly before the university announced the decision.
Zukoski said he has three “high level goals” he plans on accomplishing while at the university: build trust with students, faculty, administration, and the community, enhance and grow the partnerships the university has with the surrounding Los Angeles community, and build programs to develop and sustain academic excellence.
“The job of the provost is to shine light in particular directions,” he said.
In light of recent university scandals, Zukoski said he is excited to work with Folt and the USC community to solve these issues.
“A lot of the first steps are listening and communicating," Zukoski said. “The process is about understanding the campus; going out and talking to faculty, staff, students, and unpack[ing] the scandals.”
Zukoski said he is most excited about working with the university community and getting to know all the people here.
Correction made 11:11 p.m. August 27: A previous version of this story misstated that Zukoski has served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Buffalo since 2012. It should be the University at Buffalo.