Provost's Message

Dr. Dimitri Tamalis

Dr. Dimitri Tamalis Greetings and welcome to the University of the Incarnate Word community.

I am Dr. Dimitri Tamalis and I serve as the interim provost of this vibrant historic institution. As such, I oversee the Academic Affairs division, working closely with academic leadership, deans and faculty to direct the more than 150 degrees and programs offered here at UIW. It is our collective goal to support and enhance the academic mission of the University and provide the type of transformational education that will lift the lives of our students, their families and their communities.

I know what that type of transformational education can mean because I have lived it. My entire career has been one of dedication to students and their success. An outcome of not only my academic and administrative training, but going further back, my upbringing. My formative years were shaped by my grandparents, who survived war and persecution with limited literacy but unwavering determination. Those life experiences constitute a living tradition that has shaped who I am and one I honor by what I consider significant in life and how I relate to others.

I am continually inspired by the work I see from our students, faculty and staff every day. They are the reason I strive to keep an open-door policy and expanded availability in my work. It has been my experience that the free flow of ideas is the very thing that makes the University of the Incarnate Word such a special place and the contributions of any number of students and colleagues provide the puzzle pieces of my academic vision.

Working together, I know we can achieve the University’s Mission in “educational excellence in the context of faith, through a liberal education, in the search of truth, innovation, care for the environment, community service and social justice.” All while keeping with the values set out by our founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, more than 140 years ago.

I look forward to working with all of you and seeing you around campus. Praised be the Incarnate Word.