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Vicki L. Golich, Ph.D.

Provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs

Portrait of Vicki L. Golich, Ph.D. Provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs


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Vicki L. Golich is in her ninth year serving as the provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs at MSU Denver. In this role, she works collaboratively with faculty, staff, administrators and the Board of Trustees to create and sustain a vibrant environment to advance MSU Denver’s mission.

Golich provides leadership for three academic colleges – Letters, Arts and SciencesProfessional Studies; and Business – and the School of Education, as well as Information Technology Services. Most recently, she has been focused on student-success initiatives related to student recruitment and retention.

Her work has been instrumental in helping the University enroll more than 25 percent full-time equivalent Latino students, paving the way for MSU Denver’s federal designation in 2019 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. She also collaborates with Colorado’s community colleges, partnerships that are essential to meeting the state’s ambitious Higher Education Master Plan of ensuring that 66 percent of Colorado residents have a college-level credential by 2025.

At the national level, Golich has been active in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and her disciplinary organization – the International Studies Association. She has a passion for teaching and was selected as one of 24 Pew Faculty Fellows in International Affairs in 1992.

Golich has run workshops around the world and has written extensively about her disciplinary and pedagogical interests. She served as a co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield New Millennium Book Series for several years.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College, during which time she spent 18 months studying at the Universität des Saarbrücken in then-West Germany. She earned her master’s degree in political science from California State University, Fullerton, and her doctorate from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.

Prior to her time at MSU Denver, Golich held faculty and administrative positions at Pennsylvania State University and California State University San Marcos, where she served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for six years. 

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