PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Provost Richard M. Locke, an innovative leader who has played a critical role in strengthening Brown University’s academic excellence and shaping a more vibrant and cohesive community through a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, has been named the next vice president and dean of Apple University.
Locke will step down from his role at Brown at the end of the 2022 calendar year, leaving a distinguished legacy that includes elevating the profile of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, building a foundation to usher in historic fundraising for student scholarships and faculty research, and working with other administrative leaders to double faculty diversity. An internationally respected scholar and authority on international labor relations and worker rights, comparative political economy, and corporate responsibility, Locke was recruited to Brown from MIT in 2013 to serve as the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute. On July 1, 2015, he was named Brown’s 13th provost.
Brown President Christina H. Paxson said Locke is an exceptional academic leader whose legacy of collaboration and dedication will leave a lasting impact across the University.
“Even as I am saddened that Brown will lose such an extraordinary academic leader, I recognize that his new role is one that Rick is both extremely enthusiastic about and supremely well-suited to take on,” Paxson said. “Since arriving at Brown to lead the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs in 2013 and assuming the role of provost in July 2015, Rick has made lasting contributions that have helped make Brown stronger across the entire academic enterprise.”
As the University’s chief academic officer, Locke has worked closely with senior deans, faculty and administrative colleagues across the institution, championing Brown’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to research and education to address pressing societal issues, Paxson said.