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Chester (Chet) Gillis, Ph.D., is Saint Louis University's interim provost and the University's chief academic officer. He reports directly to the president and is responsible for the fulfillment of SLU's mission via the leadership and oversight of all academic, research, scholarship and enrollment management services.     
Dr. Gillis's CV

Gillis is responsible for supporting major initiatives advancing SLU's University Strategic Plan. In collaboration with the University vice presidents and members of the executive staff, he is responsible for the development and implementation of all academic strategic plans, as well as the development and adherence to the academic affairs budget. The building, renovation, and allocation of all academic and research space is also under his purview.

An eminent theologian, professor, and scholar, Gillis has authored numerous scholarly and widely cited works on Roman Catholicism. He was frequently consulted by national media during the papacies of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and during the conclave and election of Pope Francis.

Gillis joined the faculty of Georgetown University in 1988, and is a former nine-year dean of Georgetown College at that institution. He received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago, and his masters, Ph.D., and Ph.B. from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Communications from the Office of the Provost

Organization of Sciences and Engineering

Student Course Evaluations

University Core Development

2017-18 Letters to the SLU Community

Faculty Compensation

Get  information on recent faculty compensation studies (available only to those in the SLU community). Available documents:

  • Faculty Salary Study (May 2, 2018)
  • Faculty Pay Salary Study (May 20, 2016)
  • Faculty Compensation Philosophy (2016)
  • 2014-2015 Mercer Benchmark Salary Study
Reporting and Advisory Units

Nearly all of the academic units at Saint Louis University report to the provost or members of the provost’s staff. 

All academic deans (except the dean of the School of Medicine) report directly to the provost, as do the vice president for Research, the vice president for Enrollment and Retention Management, the director and dean of the Madrid campus, the dean of the University Libraries, and the associate and assistant provosts who comprise the provost’s senior staff.

Additional reporting units include: