March 7, 2019
The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Larry Singell as the next senior vice provost for resource management. He currently serves as the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. Singell will succeed Dan Slesnick, who has served in this role since 2010. His appointment begins July 1, 2019.
In his scholarship, Singell has explored how education intersects with opportunity and choice, with particular focus on the economics of higher education.
“Advancing the educational and research mission of UT Austin requires effective planning and strategic stewardship of our resources. In his role as senior vice provost for resource management, Larry will help guide the campus to allocate our academic resources effectively. As a public university, we have a tremendous responsibility to use our resources wisely, and he has the experience and vision to help us meet and exceed these expectations,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost.
In his current role as executive dean, Singell administers one of the largest comprehensive liberal arts colleges in the country, including more than 70 departments and degree-granting programs that span the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic unit of Indiana University Bloomington, with more than 1,400 faculty members and 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
Singell serves as a member of the editorial board of the Economics of Education Review, the leading journal of the economics of education. He also serves as the co-chair of the Big Ten Academic Alliance for Arts and Sciences Deans.
“I am extremely excited to join UT Austin, one of the world’s great universities. The work of academic administration is to protect, preserve and advocate for the time-honored and unwavering values of their academic communities. Those of us in the academy share a collective sense of wonder that inspires us to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and to live ethically. I have been fortunate to be part of this mission as a student, faculty member and administrator, and I hope to bring these principles to my role as senior vice provost for resource management,” said Singell.
During his eight years as dean and executive dean, Singell introduced a divisional structure and established three new schools. Under his leadership, the college engaged in more than a dozen major construction projects, including the construction of the 142,000-square-foot Global and International Studies Building and extensive renovations of many iconic buildings on campus. In 2016, Singell oversaw the college’s strategic planning process, which included more than 100 faculty members on eight committees and the wide participation of students and staff members.
Prior to his arrival at Indiana University Bloomington, Singell was a 23-year member of the Department of Economics at the University of Oregon. There, he served as head of the department and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2011.