John Simon
Executive Vice President and Provost

John D. Simon


Office of Executive Vice President and Provost
Madison Hall

John D. Simon is the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia and the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Chemistry. He is charged with directing the academic administration of the eleven schools, the Library, the Art Museums, public service activities, numerous University centers, foreign study programs and the advancement of teaching and research.

Provost Simon served as the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs at Duke University from 2005 to 2011. As Vice-Provost, Simon was responsible for overseeing Duke's strategic planning and for nurturing campus-wide academic initiatives to connect the humanities, social sciences and sciences. He chaired Duke's chemistry department from 1999-2004. Simon received his B.A. from Williams College in 1979 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the Harvard University in 1983. After a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, Simon joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD in 1985, and then moved to Duke University as the George B. Geller Professor in 1998.

Provost Simon has earned numerous fellowships and awards for his scientific work including the Presidential Young Investigator Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, and the Fresenius Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.

He is married to Diane Szaflarski. They have two sons.