Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Roger Blais, Ph.D., was appointed to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs in March 1999 after serving as interim provost from June 1998. He joined the Tulsa physics faculty in 1977 and served as chair of the physics department from 1986 to 1988. He was vice provost from 1989 to 1992 and acting provost from 1990 to 1991.
Blais earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and French literature from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and a doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1971. He earned a certificate in business from UCLA in 1986 and graduated from Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 2000. He is a registered professional engineer. Previously, he served on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1983, Blais cofounded Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects, an industry-funded petroleum engineering research consortium. In 1998, he was elected as a fellow of the International Society for Automation; and in 2008, he was presented with their Neal P. Baum Award for technical contributions.
He is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and currently serves on the executive board of the Oklahoma Academy. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Board.