Vice Provost for International Affairs
Dr. Sukant Misra is currently serving as Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University. His responsibilities encompass all functions of the Office of International Affairs, including international recruitment, international undergraduate admissions, international student life, sponsored students, study abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, International Research and Development (research collaborations, grants administration, international partnerships, and export control administration), International Alumni Relations, and International Outreach and Operations (K-12 Global Education Outreach, International Art and Culture, and the Passport office), as well as the academic center in Seville, Spain. He provides leadership in the development of OIA Strategic Plan and preparation of annual Strategic Plan Assessment Reports, and is responsible for other administrative activities (budgets, infrastructure and technology, communication and marketing, etc.).
Previous to that, he served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) from 2002 to 2014. He has served Texas Tech University in various faculty and administrative capacities since his initial employment as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in 1993. Prior to joining Texas Tech, he was a researcher at the University of Georgia for three years. Beyond his service to the Office of International Affairs, CASNR, and TTU, he has served on several local, state, regional, and national organizations involved in the advancement of higher education.
He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Analytical and Applied Economics from Utkal University, India, in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He obtained a second Master of Science degree in 1986 and his doctorate in Agricultural Economics in 1989, both from Mississippi State University. Misra has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, technical and invited papers, and book chapters and has received more than $2.2 million in external funding as a PI/Co-PI.
Misra has experience in managing and coordinating many large, faculty-driven, research programs and international initiatives and has many contacts at international institutions, including leading universities in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Romania, Tajikistan, and Turkey. Misra has visited over 25 countries and has worked closely with faculty and administration of many international institutions. He is currently responsible for the overall coordination of a university-wide effort to open TTU's first international degree-awarding campus in Costa Rica. Significant amounts of time and effort have been invested in this initiative, and the first cohort should begin classes in five degree and two certificate programs in the Spring of 2018.