Richard (Rick) Muma was born in Wichita, Kan., but raised in Houston, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, an MPH in Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Rick has more than 30 years of experience as a professor/administrator and physician assistant (PA) in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Before assuming the Provost position in 2018, he served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management. While at WSU he has also served as Chair and Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant. Prior to joining the WSU faculty, Dr. Muma served as Chair for Saint Louis University's Department of PA Education and an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, Department of PA Studies.

As the Provost, Muma serves as the university's chief academic officer and provides academic leadership for the university's priorities including enrollment, applied learning, funded research, and regional economic development. Prior to assuming administrative roles at WSU, Muma was very active in reshaping health profession education at Wichita State. Most notably he was responsible for developing undergraduate degrees for paramedics and health science majors, a master degree in physician assistant studies, and reorganizing the Department of Public Health Sciences to include undergraduate degrees in health management and health science and a graduate degree in Aging Studies.

He's still involved in his research on healthcare issues, with a current project focusing on human health outcomes of rapid energy exploration. He has published his research in notable journals and has edited four books, two on HIV infection and two others on patient education.

Office contact

Laura Manning, laura.manning@wichita.edu

About the role

The Provost has the following specific responsibilities: exercises a coordinating role among the vice presidents and other senior administrative officials to assure that all actions and decisions properly reflect the academic needs and priorities of the institution; works closely with the college deans in all academic matters, including program review and accreditation, new program initiation and program discontinuance; prepares the academic budgets, advises the President on overall budget strategies and priorities, including both state and city/county mill levy budgets, assists the President in reviewing proposed development and expenditure of private funds to assure that they reflect the academic needs and priorities of the institution; responsible, and in coordination with the college deans, for all faculty personnel matters, including recruitment and retention of faculty, faculty evaluation, faculty development, affirmative action and conflict resolution; responsible, through the Office of Research and Technology Transfer and in coordination with the college deans, for the promotion of research programs of the University and for nurturing their proper relationship to the graduate programs and faculty development; provides active liaison with external agencies and boards, including the Academic Office of the Kansas Board of Regents, its Council of Chief Academic Officers, the WSU Board of Trustees and the WSU Foundation; works with the Faculty Senate, its elected leaders and its committees to assure and maintain an active faculty role in all matters related to the academic policies of the institution. The Provost assumes administrative responsibility for the University should the President be unable to act.