Dr. Steve Allred

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office: (804) 289-8153


Dr. Steve Allred became Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Richmond on July 1, 2008, following a 22 year career at UNC Chapel Hill. As the University's chief academic officer, he is responsible for oversight of the University's academic mission, tenure and promotion processes, and budget planning. He works closely with all the academic deans and other direct reports, and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet.

In his first year as Provost, Dr. Allred was a key member of the team that developed the University's new five year strategic plan, The Richmond Promise, which will guide the University over the next five years. The faculty voted unanimously to endorse the plan in December, 2008, and the Board of Trustees adopted the plan in January, 2009. Dr. Allred also led the revision of the budget and planning process for the University in order to increase transparency, strengthen faculty and staff voice in decision making, and tie budget allocations to the strategic plan. Other important efforts include the creation of an Ad Hoc Faculty Curriculum Advisory Committee, which led to the implementation of a new First-Year Seminar program and the creation of University Seminars for upper level students.  He worked closely with the University Faculty Council to establish a faculty parental leave policy and shared indirect cost policy, to implement faculty diversity initiatives, and to conduct a gender equity pay study.

In the past year, Dr. Allred co-chaired successful searches for new deans of the schools of business, law, and arts and sciences. Joining his colleagues across the five schools, Dr. Allred teaches a First-Year Seminar. For more information see Dr. Allred's articles: Fearlessly Facing the Freshman Seminar and Facing the Freshmen - II.

Dr. Allred has B.A. and M.P.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a J.D. from Catholic University of America, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill in 1986 following an eight-year career in Washington, D.C., first as a federal government administrator and then as a lawyer in private practice. At UNC, he was promoted to full professor of public law and government in 1995, awarded a distinguished professorship in 1999, served as Director of the nationally-ranked graduate program in public administration from 1995 to 2001, and moved into full time administration in 2001. He served as Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives from 2001 to 2004, and as Executive Associate Provost from 2004 to 2008. At UNC, Dr. Allred taught graduate courses in public employment law and administrative law, and undergraduate courses in local government and administration. He also chaired dozens of master's thesis committees and served on a number of dissertation committees. He received the Albert and Gladys Coates Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, and the UNC MPA Program's Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007.

Dr. Allred's professional service has included membership on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Secretary of the North Carolina Chapter of the International Personnel Management Association, staff assistance to legislative committees of the North Carolina General Assembly, and CLE teaching for the North Carolina Bar. His book Employment Law: A Guide for North Carolina Public Employers is regarded as the definitive work on the subject. He has contributed chapters on various aspects of employment law to nine other books, and has published 65 articles in scholarly and professional journals.