Office of the Provost

Laurie McCauley, DDS, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Laurie McCauleyDr. Laurie McCauley is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment as provost, she served as the dean of the School of Dentistry. Dr. McCauley is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics in the dental school and professor of pathology in the Medical School.

An active researcher supported by the National Institutes of Health for more than twenty-five years, Dr. McCauley’s work focuses on parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone, immune cell functions in bone, and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis. This mechanistic and translational research contributes to regenerative medicine and the development of treatments for inflammatory mediated bone loss.

Dr. McCauley has held visiting appointments at the Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Among her many recognitions, she has been awarded a distinguished scientist award (International Association for Dental Research), a distinguished alumna award (The Ohio State University) and the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (American Dental Association). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, where she serves as Section Chair.

At U-M, Dr. McCauley chaired the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, led several campus efforts in campaign planning, professional standards, and pandemic planning. She has been a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion receiving the Ida Gray award for her outstanding efforts in promoting multicultural ideals. As dean, she actively worked to reduce student debt, and oversaw a $142 million expansion and renovation of the dental school’s clinical and educational facilities.

Dr. McCauley joined U-M as an assistant professor of dentistry in 1992. She holds four degrees from The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in education, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Master of Science in dentistry, and Ph.D. in veterinary pathology.