Carnegie Mellon University


Patience Whitworth, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Patience Whitworth serves as the associate vice provost for Operations and Strategic Initiatives for the Office of the Provost at Carnegie Mellon University. In this role, Whitworth supports day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives, including partnerships with offices of vice provosts and other reporting units, deans, department heads, faculty, students, community, university and external organizations.

First joining Carnegie Mellon as the director of the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, Whitworth served on the accreditation leadership team, provided administration oversight of the new academic programs process and coordinated academic leadership efforts in support of diversity, equity and inclusion and student success.

Previously, Whitworth was the assistant dean of students in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. Prior to UVM, she served as assistant director of the Student Life Research and Planning at The Ohio State University where she was responsible for divisional strategic planning and assessment. 

Whitworth’s research focuses on the application of restorative practices in higher education and she is a certified trainer and practitioner of restorative practices. She is active in Mortar Board National Honor Society and currently serves as section coordinator for Pennsylvania chapters.

Whitworth earned both her master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at The Ohio State University. She also holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Vermont.