Meet the Provost

Alicia Bertone, DVM, Ph.D., became provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in January 2023. Bertone provides leadership for seven colleges, research institutes, and a University wide graduate school. 

Bertone, a prolific biomedical researcher and board certified equine orthopedic surgeon, joined Charlotte from The Ohio State University, where she most recently served as interim associate vice provost of strategic data and analysis. 

Bertone joined The Ohio State University in 1990 as an assistant professor and achieved the rank of professor in 1997. During her tenure at Ohio State, she served in multiple administrative capacities, including the Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine, director of research for OSU’s Sports Medicine Center, the ENGIE-Axium Endowed Dean of the Graduate School and the vice provost for graduate education and affairs. 

Among Bertone’s most significant contributions at Ohio State are founding the University’s Consortium for the Advancement of Neuromusculoskeletal Science and Locomotion; directing the Comparative Research Laboratory and Molecular Medicine Suite; enhancing services for graduate students to boost recruitment and retention; launching programs to attract an increasingly academically talented and diverse student body, including the implementation of the ENGIE-Axium Endowment for Fellowships and Scholarships; and leading the digital transformation of multiple systems and offices into state-of-the-art operations. 

A world-renowned researcher in molecular medicine and pharmaceuticals, Bertone’s work has been published in more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, the majority of which contain post-graduate students as primary or co-authors. She has authored more than 30 book chapters and served on the editorial board of several journals. 

Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine recognized her as one of its top extramurally funded researchers, including prestigious funding from the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, she holds two patents – the GeneChip®, created in partnership with Affymetrix Inc., and a novel joint model to study fluid dynamics of joint inflammation. 

She is the recipient of the Pfizer Research Award, the Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education, the Speaker of the Year by the North American Veterinary Conference and more than 70 awards as an advisor to students. She was a finalist for TECHCOLUMBUS’s Outstanding Women in Technology and Inventor of the Year awards.

Bertone earned a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, both with distinction, from Cornell University and a Master of Science in surgery and joint pathology and Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, both with distinction, from Colorado State University. She completed a fellowship in gene therapy at Harvard University’s Center for Molecular Orthopedics. Additionally, she is board certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.