As the vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, Patrick D. Reynolds is the chief academic officer of the College. He oversees the instructional departments and the curriculum, supervises instructional budgets including grants and equipment, supports faculty members in their scholarly and creative development, and advises the President on academic personnel decisions. He chairs the Academic Council and is a member of the Committee on Academic Policy, the Faculty Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, the Faculty Committee on Budget and Finance, the Committee on the Library, and the Planning Committee. Under the VP/Dean's jurisdiction are the Emerson Gallery, Library, Opportunity Programs, Registrar, and the Levitt Public Affairs Center. Patrick is assisted by the Associate Dean of Faculty, the Assistant Dean of Faculty for Institutional Research and the Academic Budget Manager. Patrick is a Professor of Biology.