Dr. Andrew C. Comrie serves as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. He is the chief academic officer of the University and oversees all academic programs and units exclusive of the health sciences. He is responsible for all affairs related to the academic mission of the University, including the faculty, academic programs, and related budgeting. As a leader in the President’s senior executive team, his role includes coordination of the strategic plan for the institution, and ensuring that the University demonstrates excellence as it pursues its missions of delivering an engaging education, innovating in research and creative discovery, and partnering for community impact, as well as its land grant obligations to the State of Arizona.
As Provost, Dr. Comrie is leading a set of important initiatives, including creation and implementation of Never Settle, the academic strategic plan for the University of Arizona. Key elements of the plan include strong growth in student enrollments and groundbreaking changes in their educational experience, aggressive goals for faculty hiring to double research activity, and development of novel private and public partnerships to advance the University’s community impact. He is also leading a campus-wide process to design and launch a completely new internal budget model for the University based on performance activity and incentives, known as responsibility centered management.
Dr. Comrie served as associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College from 2006 until his appointment as Provost in 2012.
Andrew Comrie received his undergraduate education at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He came to the University of Arizona in 1992. He is a climate scientist and holds a tenured appointment as professor in the School of Geography and Development, with additional interdisciplinary appointments including Atmospheric Sciences and Public Health. His research advances understanding about the connections between climate, disease vectors and pathogens.
View Dr. Comrie's faculty webpage
Admin: Clarisa Robles