The promotion of academic excellence is Seattle University’s key strategic priority and Provost Isiaah Crawford guides its advancement.
Provost Crawford directs the Division of Academic Affairs, which encompasses the university’s schools and colleges, libraries, enrollment and offices supporting academic achievement, faculty matters and global engagement. He also oversees Institutional Research and the Office of Information and Technology. The deans of the eight schools and colleges at SU, the university librarian, vice provost, vice president for enrollment management and the associate provosts all report directly to Dr. Crawford.
Dr. Crawford joined Seattle University in July 2008. Prior to that, he spent two decades in Jesuit higher education at Loyola University Chicago as a tenured professor of psychology, chairperson of the Department of Psychology (1987–2002) and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2003–2008).
A native of St. Louis, Dr. Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology (1978) from St. Louis University and completed his master’s (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) in clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is a well-published scholar in the areas of health promotion and human sexuality and his work has been nationally recognized with several awards, including two from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Crawford is the former president of the board of directors of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. He currently serves on the board of directors of Providence Health and Services in Seattle.