Dr. Marie T. Mora is Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), a position she has held since May 2020. In this role, she collaborates with Chancellor Kristin Sobolik and other members of the senior leadership team, faculty, and staff to advance students’ aspirations and prepare them to meet the real-world challenges and opportunities in the St. Louis region, the state, and nation. As UMSL’s Chief Academic Officer, Provost Mora is responsible for the academic mission of the university, working with the colleges and other academic units, deans, and faculty on academic program development and innovation, student success, access and academic support, faculty success, and shared governance. Moreover, she oversees the implementation of UMSL’s strategic plan as well as the institution’s HLC accreditation. Prior to this position, Provost Mora served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at UMSL after having served as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and as a member of the NSF ADVANCE Leadership Team at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She is also Professor of Economics at UMSL and has held tenured faculty positions at other institutions, including UTRGV and New Mexico State University.

 A labor economist, Provost Mora has been invited to share her expertise on socioeconomic outcomes of Hispanics, other racial/ethnic minority groups, and women at institutions and agencies across the country, including the White House and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Along with numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters, her publications include two books and three edited volumes on these topics. She has been interviewed by a variety of media sources, including Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Market Watch, El Nuevo Día, Univision, and others. Provost Mora has also been PI or Co-PI on $4 million in externally funded projects, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education, related to increasing diversity and inclusion in Economics, other STEM fields, and in higher education more broadly. She currently serves as the lead Co-PI on the NSF UMSL ADVANCE Program – a program focusing on the representation and advancement of women, particularly African American and Hispanic women, among UMSL faculty in STEM and the social sciences.  

As part of her professional service activities, Provost Mora was Director of the NSF-funded American Economic Association (AEA) Mentoring Program for seven years, and is a founding member and former President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists. She has also served on a variety of boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio Branch (for which she received commendation for dedicated service), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data Users Advisory Committee, and the AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession.

Among Provost Mora’s major awards and recognitions are the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from the White House Office of Science & Technology Program; 2019 Biennial Outstanding Service Award from the American Society of Hispanic Economists; 2018 Impactful Mentor Award from the AEA Mentoring Program; 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award from INSIGHT into Diversity; 2016 Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; and the 2015 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity.

Provost Mora earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University, and bachelors and masters degrees in Economics from the University of New Mexico (where she has been recognized as Distinguished Alumnus) in her original hometown of Albuquerque.