Ellen Granberg

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rochester Institute of Technology


Ellen Granberg, became the first woman to serve as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology in August 2018. 

As the university’s chief academic officer, Granberg overseas nine colleges, two degree-granting units, and international campuses in Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo, and China. 

Key initiatives under Dr. Granberg’s leadership include: increasing undergraduate student success, expanding doctoral education, improving facilities for instruction and research, and leveraging RIT’s strengths in innovation, creativity, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Prior to joining RIT, Granberg served as the senior associate provost and associate provost for faculty affairs at Clemson University. She chaired the development and implementation of the institution’s strategic plan, which spurred growth in research, graduate studies, and inclusive excellence. In addition, Granberg developed a university-wide strategy for faculty recruitment, retention, compensation, and development. She is also a nationally recognized scholar in the sociology of self, identify, and mental health.  

Prior to joining academic, Granberg spent eleven years in the telecommunications industry. 

Granberg holds a BA in history from the University of California at Davis, and an MA and PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University.