Charles Lee Isbell Jr.

Position title: Provost, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Headshot of Provost Charles Isbell in front of Bascom Hall

Dr. Charles Isbell is a newcomer to the UW-Madison campus. He began serving as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in August of 2023. Before coming to Madison, he served as the dean of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He received his bachelor’s degree in information and computer science from Georgia Tech, and his master’s and doctorate at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. Isbell’s research interests are varied but the unifying theme of his work has been using machine learning to build autonomous agents who engage directly with humans.