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About the Provost

Auburn University Provost, Dr. Bill Hardgrave

Dr. Bill Hardgrave began serving as Auburn University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in January, 2018. He is the Wells Fargo Professor in the Harbert College of Business, where he also served as dean from August 2010 through December 2017.

As the chief academic officer, Provost Hardgrave provides leadership to Auburn’s 13 colleges and schools and oversees the university’s academic resources, support units, and instructional and research programs. Establishing the academic priorities for the university, Hardgrave leads initiatives designed to promote student and faculty success and ensures the quality of student learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Providing leadership to the faculty, Hardgrave manages the processes for faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions, and tenure.

As dean, Hardgrave oversaw the growth of the Harbert College of Business to include significant increases in student enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, resources for students and faculty, and research advancements. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, including a $40 million gift from 1982 alumnus and namesake Raymond Harbert. Harbert and his wife, Kathryn, also contributed an additional $15 million in 2016 in support of a graduate business building that is expected to be completed in Spring 2019.

While serving as dean, Hardgrave launched the Auburn University RFID (radio frequency identification) Lab, Geospatial Research and Applications Center, and the Center for Supply Chain Innovation. Hardgrave also oversaw the creation of new academic programs, including an initial Business Analytics undergraduate major, a PhD program in Finance, and an online MS in Finance. Under Hardgrave, the college received external validation of its academic programs, including Top 10 national rankings for the undergraduate Supply Chain Management program, the online MBA program, the online Master of Accountancy program, the online MS in Finance and the online MS in Information Systems.

Prior to his appointment at Auburn, Hardgrave held the Bradberry Chair in Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and served as the Executive Director of the Information Technology Research Institute, which he established in 1999. He also founded and directed the University’s RFID Research Center.

Hardgrave has published several books and more than 85 articles in leading journals such as MIS QuarterlyProduction & Operations ManagementJournal of Management Information Systems, and the European Journal of Information Systems. Hardgrave's research has been cited in the Wall Street JournalCNNBusinessWeek, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, among others. In recognition for his contributions, Bill has received the Ted Williams Award from AIM Global as the most influential researcher in the field of RFID and the Special Achievement award from RFID Journal for his overall impact on the field. He is a highly sought after speaker – delivering almost 200 invited talks across the globe to a total audience in excess of 35,000.

Last Updated: January 30, 2018