The provost leads the development and management of collaborative academic programs between and among units across the Rutgers–Camden campus, Rutgers University, and other institutions, including Rowan University.
Michael Palis assumed the role of provost on July 1, 2015 and serves as chief academic officer for the campus, which enrolls more than 6,500 students in 36 undergraduate majors and 29 graduate programs. Charged to work closely with Rutgers–Camden academic units, Palis assists in initiating new interdisciplinary programs to ensure that students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research and courses of study that only a major research university like Rutgers can offer. In September 2018, he additionally was named executive vice chancellor.
A professor of computer sciences at Rutgers University–Camden, Palis previously served as interim dean of the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts Sciences. During that time, new undergraduate and graduate programs were launched and opportunities for research grew. He is internationally recognized for his research in algorithms and parallel and distributed computing, having served on the editorial boards of leading journals in the area including the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).