Pratt is a professor of English and former department chair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught since 1968. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College and her master’s degree and doctorate from Emory University. Pratt has served as national president of the American Association of University Professors and the Association of Departments of English. She is a recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the UNL College of Arts and Sciences and the James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award from the UNL Faculty Senate. Pratt chaired the 1997 University-wide Gender Equity Task Force and is a former chair of the UNL Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has also served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNL and as chair of the campus Academic Planning Committee.
"I’m pleased that Linda Pratt will join the University’s senior leadership in this key role," President Milliken said. "As an accomplished member of the faculty, department chair, and interim dean, she brings invaluable campus experience and an important perspective to the President’s Office. I have been most impressed with her ability to understand and articulate the challenges that are facing higher education today and I am confident that her contributions will be immediate and significant."
Pratt has written widely on higher education, addressing issues of academic freedom, part-time and temporary faculty, management of academic institutions, and the fiscal structure of higher education.
"Linda is a skillful administrator with an understanding of the aspirations and challenges of the range of disciplines that comprise the University and has written wisely about the issues facing higher education," said Harvey Perlman, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "As interim Dean of Arts and Sciences she was a strong advocate for the sciences as well as for the arts and humanities. The entire University will be well-served by this appointment."
The executive vice president and provost is the University’s ranking academic and administrative officer after the president, and serves as dean of the University-wide Graduate College and as the presiding officer of the graduate faculty and the Executive Graduate Council. Pratt is the first woman to serve in this position at the University of Nebraska.
"I am pleased to have this opportunity to work for the whole University of Nebraska," Dr. Pratt said. "President Milliken’s agenda for the future is exciting and I look forward to being a part of this effort."