UMRA welcomes EVP and Provost Rachel Croson

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 12:00pm
Dean of the MSU College of Social Science, Rachel Croson, 2018.

We are pleased to welcome Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel Croson, PhD, as our guest speaker for an UMRA forum on Tuesday, August 18, at 12 noon by way of Zoom. 

Provost Croson began her appointment in March just as the coronavirus outbreak was gaining recognition as a global pandemic. She has already distinguished herself by helping to shape the University’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and by working on the U’s reopening plans for September. 

Dr. Croson will speak to us about her work during these critical months, the reopening of the University, her initial impressions and her hopes for the future of the University. 

Please register for this free webinar via or the invitation to be emailed to UMRA members the week of July 27.

Provost Croson is a well-regarded academic and a seasoned leader of academic institutions. Before coming to Minnesota, she served as dean of the College of Social Science at Michigan State University and before that as dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has additionally held tenured appointments at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Dallas.  

From 2010–12, Croson served as director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. 

She earned her MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in economics and philosophy and a minor in political science.

Her academic accomplishments include publication of more than 70 peer-reviewed papers across multiple disciplines, including economics, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, and political science. Her work explores issues related to behavioral economics, bargaining and negotiation, funding of public goods (especially public radio), and cultural and gender differences in trust and reciprocity. 

As executive vice president and provost, Croson is the chief academic officer for the University of Minnesota System and provost for the Twin Cities campus. She has systemwide oversight responsibility for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; promotion and tenure; academic and research programs and policies; and faculty development.

Strong and steady leadership
Croson’s background and accomplishments bode well for the University. We are fortunate to have attracted such a talented individual for this crucial position. Although still in the first half-year of her work here, she has already provided strong and steady leadership. 

“I am confident she will help us advance from great to greater,” President Gabel said in her warm letter of welcometo the new provost.

The Retirees Association looks forward to extending our own warm welcome to the provost and to sharing this timely opportunity for getting to “meet” her, albeit virtually. 

Please join us for this Zoom webinar on starting at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 18.

—Bill Donohue, president


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The University of Minnesota Retirees Association’s response to COVID-19 developments is aligned with the University's Safe Campus guidelines. 

Accordingly, all these events will be held via Zoom.