Dr. Nancy Brickhouse began her service as provost on May 1, 2019. As Baylor University’s chief academic officer, she oversees 12 colleges and schools, research enterprises, University Libraries, and centers and institutes. While at Baylor, Dr. Brickhouse has established over 20 Academic Challenge and Illuminate Chairs with philanthropic dollars. During this time, research expenditures have grown more than 30% each year, and research doctorates have increased by 17%. This growth led to Baylor receiving the highest Carnegie designation for research.
In addition to expanding research at Baylor, Dr. Brickhouse has tripled the number of students in professional graduate programs. Her commitment to transformative undergraduate education is illustrated by her leadership, alongside Baylor’s Chief Business Officer, of Baylor’s first strategic enrollment management (SEM) plan, which has brought faculty and staff together to commit to a shared set of goals to support student success. Baylor has already seen improved outcomes for students in terms of retention and timely graduation. Dr. Brickhouse is a tenured professor of education at Baylor and a nationally recognized scholar.
Dr. Brickhouse previously served as provost at Saint Louis University. Prior to that, she spent 27 years in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Delaware. Dr. Brickhouse is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She earned a master’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in science education from Purdue University.
Dr. Brickhouse and her husband, Mark, are members of Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco. They have two adult children, David and Elise.