Fifty-seven-year-old Provost Phil DiStefano has held his position since March 2000.
Under a reorganization plan announced Friday he'll virtually take over the athletics department and its football program.
Athletic director Dick Tharp will now report to DiStefano, the chief academic officer, rather than the chancellor overseeing the entire campus.
DiStefano will now have to guide athletic policies dealing with admissions, financial aid, eligibility, progress toward graduation and academic support.
DiStefano plans to meet with Tharp Friday to talk about the reorganization.