Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of psychology, is responsible for working with the academic deans of the university in developing and executing Vanderbilt University’s core mission and strategic academic plan.

The provost oversees academic affairs, and residential and student life. McCarty joined Vanderbilt in July 2001 as professor of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Science. His teaching and research interests are in physiological and behavioral adaptations to stress and hypertension.