Ellen Granberg, Ph.D., became the first woman to serve as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology in August 2018.
As the university’s chief academic officer, Granberg oversees nine colleges, two degree-granting units, and international campuses in Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo, and China.
Key initiatives under Granberg’s leadership include: increasing undergraduate student success, expanding doctoral education, improving facilities for instruction and research, and leveraging RIT’s strengths in innovation, creativity, and cross-disciplinary collaboration to advance the academic mission of the university.
Before coming to RIT, Granberg served as the senior associate provost and associate provost for Faculty Affairs at Clemson University. She chaired the development and implementation of the institution’s strategic plan, which spurred growth in research, graduate studies, and inclusive excellence. In addition, Granberg developed a university-wide strategy for faculty recruitment, retention, compensation, and development. She is also a nationally recognized scholar in the sociology of self, identity, and mental health.
Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Granberg spent eleven years in the telecommunications industry. She led large integrated software development teams that replaced aging billing and customer service systems.
Granberg holds a BA in history from the University of California at Davis and an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University.