Professor Ralph Wilcox

Honorary graduates 2015-16

Professor Ralph Wilcox (LLD)

Tuesday 14 July 11:45am

Ralph Wilcox is Professor, Provost and Executive Vice-President at the University of South Florida (USF), where he provides strategic direction and leadership for one of America’s largest, top tier research universities.

As chief academic officer at USF, Ralph’s strategic priorities have focused on enhancing student success, growing the applied and basic research enterprise, promoting technology transfer and expanding the university’s global reach. The University of Exeter is an essential partner in USF’s globalisation strategy, framed around academic and research collaborations including student and staff exchange programmes. In 2013, the University of South Florida received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalisation from NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.

Ralph attended St Luke’s College, University of Exeter, and became the first in his family to graduate from university. He went on to earn postgraduate degrees from Washington State University, and the University of Alberta where he was appointed an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Research Scholar. Ralph is a Fellow of the American Council on Education, recipient of the STEM Catalyst Award for Advancing Science in America, was elected to lifetime membership of Phi Kappa Phi, America’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honour society, and is a widely published author in the field of cultural studies and globalisation.