Pat Baxter

Pat Baxter

Pat joined the Office of the Provost as vice provost for Academic Planning and Administration in 2009. Her role is to align academic priorities with resource planning. She coordinates the academic budgeting process, oversees the analysis of new program investments and faculty hiring plans, and works closely with the deans, the officers, and the provost on developing multiyear planning processes for enrollment, facilities, and major academic initiatives.

Prior Professional Experience

Pat held a number of high-level administrative positions at the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1998 to 2009 she was associate dean for Administration at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. In this role, she functioned as chief administrative officer as well as a catalyst and expeditor for planning initiatives. She was responsible for the school’s overall administrative leadership, including strategic planning, and she was a key player in the development and analysis of new programs and curricular innovations. Her work required a high degree of collaboration and coordination across disciplines and university departments. She worked with faculty and administrative leaders to ensure that academic goals and initiatives synchronized with resource planning and administrative concerns. She was directly responsible for managing the school’s human, financial, and physical resources, including an annual budget of $50 million and facilities totaling 400,000 square-feet. She also managed the design and renovation process for the $53 million Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center designed by Richard Meier & Partners.

Other positions Pat held at UCLA include assistant dean of the School of Art and Architecture (1992 to 1998), special project coordinator (from 1991 to 1992), and project manager in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Relations (from 1987 to 1991). Before coming to UCLA, Pat was vice president and director of Personnel at Sotheby’s New York (from 1982 to 1986), and general manager of the noted experiential design firm Edwin Schlossberg Inc. (from 1979 to 1982).

Pat received her BA in Art History from Cornell University.

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