Meet the Provost
As Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Cincinnati, Peter E. Landgren is the university’s chief academic officer, providing oversight and strategic direction for its more than 44,000 students, 4,200 faculty and 12 academic colleges on the Clifton Campus, two regional campuses in Blue Ash and Clermont, the Graduate School and a collection of state-of-the-art university libraries. He oversees the human and fiscal resources that fuel UC’s academic and research mission with assistance from the 14 academic deans and Provost senior staff while also supporting various aspects of faculty and student success.
Through constant collaboration with the deans, faculty, staff and students, Landgren works to continue the ever-forward momentum of UC. By fostering the school’s growth through new partnerships, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and the incorporation of experiential learning, he strives to modernize the student experience and support the development of young professionals. A former chair of the Council of Deans, as well as a past member of the President’s Cabinet and the UC Foundation Board, Landgren has been involved in numerous levels of administration and management, devoting much of his time to improving the academic experiences of students and faculty across campus.
Landgren is a dedicated champion for diversity. He is a strong proponent of the Office of the Provost’s Cluster Hiring Initiative, which helps increase the number of women and underrepresented minority faculty. Prior to his current position, Landgren facilitated 35 new tenure-track hires at the university. He also paved the way for the partnership between the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), which through a $900,000 grant initiated the Bravos Without Barriers Diversity Fellowship Program. The program is designed to recruit graduate students from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music.
In addition to his work on campus, Landgren invests his time in maintaining and developing partnerships for the university, collaborating with such Cincinnati institutions as the School for Creative and Performing Arts and the Freestore Foodbank. He played a key role in building a partnership with the Whiz Kids Music Program, which in conjunction with Cincinnati’s City Gospel Mission, allows UC students to bring music and arts education to disadvantaged schools throughout the city, through hands-on experiential learning.
The Interim Provost is a supporter of expanding the UC community globally, administering a record $110 million endowment that recruits new UC students and faculty from across the world. Through his work, UC has brought in new scholar and faculty perspectives, most prominently through the Digital Media Collaborative, a cross-university effort involving the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, UC Libraries and CCM.
Prior to his time at UC, Landgren served as conservatory director and professor of music at Baldwin Wallace University. For 26 years, he served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, where he would become a two-time recipient of their Excellence in Teaching Award.
Prior to his position as Interim Provost, Landgren served as the Dean of CCM since 2011, where he secured the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet as the school’s string quartet-in-residence. He has also served as the university’s Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music, a position which saw him as CCM’s dean coalesce the college’s seven divisions around a unifying mantra: ONECCM. An inclusive and transparent initiative that created a new vision of UnCompromising Excellence, as well as mission, objective and strategic priorities, ONECCM's goal was to move CCM as a preeminent institution for the media and performing arts well into the 21st century.
In addition to his administrative body of work, Landgren is an accomplished musician. Landgren’s educational path was the quintessential UC experiential learning model, as he combined his undergraduate training at CCM with professional opportunities in the region. He performed and recorded with the CSO, played third horn with the Cincinnati Opera, was the principal French horn of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and was a three-time winner of the CCM’s concerto competition.
His talents would also see him join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he would remain a member for 29 years.
Landgren pursued studies toward a master’s degree in business administration at the Johns Hopkins University and Baldwin Wallace University, and he has a bachelor’s degree in music from UC.