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Janet Levit

Provost and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Janet Levit, who currently serves as The University of Tulsa’s vice president of strategic initiatives, has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for TU, effective May 7, 2018.
Prior to becoming provost designate and a university vice president, Levit served as the first female dean of the TU College of Law, where she continues as a professor.

During the past year, Levit has successfully structured TU’s five-year strategic plan, charting the next phase in the evolution of the university.

As dean of TU Law, Levit — who holds degrees from Yale University (JD and MA, 1994) and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (AB, magna cum laude, 1990) — led faculty and staff in improving student outcomes, containing legal education costs, reorienting the curriculum toward experiential learning and innovating around the core JD program to offer accessible, targeted legal training to those beyond traditional law school students.
The transformative results include:

  • Raising the reputation of TU Law, as measured by U.S. News & World Report, from the fourth quartile to the second quartile
  • Launching a legal clinic and growing student externship opportunities
  • Revamping the Office of Professional Development, helping graduates successfully launch their legal careers at a rate that placed TU Law among the top 25 law schools
  • Developing and promoting an online master’s program, ultimately accounting for nearly a quarter of the student body

Levit’s off-campus work has garnered her numerous honors including Tulsa’s Women of the Year Pinnacle Awards’ Anna C. Roth Legacy Award, TU Law Hall of Fame, James C. Lang Mentoring Award and “50 Making a Difference” Circle of Excellence. She currently is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and will be The University of Tulsa’s first female provost.