Jeff Earley appointed vice provost for academic resource management
November 2, 2020
Jeff Earley, associate vice provost for finance in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, has been named vice provost for academic resource management. Effective immediately, Earley replaces Ken Smith who left to become chief operating officer for Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus.
As vice provost for academic resource management, Earley will provide leadership for budgeting, space management, and performance data for academic programs. He will also oversee the implementation of the performance-based budget system for academic programs across the institution.
“Jeff has proven himself to be a highly effective leader in the many functions of the academic resource management office,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke. “As a respected member of the Provost’s Office, he has played a central role in managing the complexities of our academic budget and resource allocation strategies. The relationships and partnerships he has built across the campus and his commitment to serving the needs of our academic departments make Jeff the ideal person for this critical leadership position.”
Earley will represent Clarke and the Provost’s Office on selected committees, commissions, and task forces related to resource management and planning, including Agency 229, strategic budgeting and planning, and university centers. He is also responsible for all academic space management matters and will work closely with standing and special committees to address academic space needs, capital planning, renovation of classrooms, and the campus master plan.
“The success of our academic enterprise and the students, faculty, and programs it supports relies on the strength and leadership of our academic resource management team,” said Executive Vice Provost Don Taylor. “Jeff has the depth of knowledge, experience, and insights needed to lead this group and direct our essential resources, and I am extremely confident in his ability to continue supporting and advancing our academic mission. I look forward to working closely with him as a member of our Provost’s Office leadership team.”
Earley has served as associate vice provost for finance since May 2010, where he analyzed and promoted academic initiatives in the university’s budget process, managed the resource allocation systems maintained by the Provost’s Office, facilitated the review and approval of college hiring plans, and played an instrumental role in the development in the Partnership for an Incentive-Based Budget (PIBB) model for the university’s colleges. He also provided financial oversight to the departments reporting directly to the executive vice president and provost.
“I’m honored to be chosen to serve the university in this role,” said Earley. “I look forward to continuing this office’s engagement with the Virginia Tech community on the strategic use of academic resources and the advancement of the university’s goals.”
Prior to serving in the Provost’s Office, Earley spent five years as the director of strategic initiatives and business analysis in the Office of the Executive Vice President, where he worked on special projects for the university and the Virginia Tech Foundation. He also worked in the university’s Office of Budget and Financial Planning for nine years, during which he served as a budget analyst, auxiliary budget manager, and assistant director of budget operations.
Earley earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech, and is completing work on a Ph.D. in the same field.