Dr. Elizabeth M. Béjar currently serves as Interim Provost, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer at Florida International University. She concurrently serves as Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and is a key member of the university's executive leadership team charged to define, refine, and support the strategic direction for the university and lead a transformative organizational change process to leverage student success across the broad enterprise of academic and student affairs.

Much of her recent work is dedicated to mobilizing and working with teams of education professionals to research, pilot, develop and implement 21st century student success initiatives. Her research includes contributions to an encyclopedia on women in higher education and as Principal Investigator for a funded grant studying minority-serving institutions-models of success and developing cyber-based apprenticeships in spearheading partnerships between industry and the academy. Her expertise and leadership have been instrumental in improving student success initiatives and working with academic units to develop state of the art experiences and 21st century curriculum. She is currently Chair of the Experiential Learning Workgroup initiated for the State University System of Florida through the Florida Board of Governors.

In addition to foundational work teaching in the public schools, she previously served as an Academic Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and has been part of the fabric of FIU since 2003. She was the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Accountability, building the office from the ground up, serving a critical role for establishing and sustaining the university's culture of evidenced-based practices and organizational goals consistent with continuous quality improvement. She has previously served as Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at FIU.

She has served as a member of the board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, served on the Florida Board of Governors Council of Academic Vice Presidents Work Group on Program Coordination and is an advisory board member to Excelencia in Education, an organization that aims to accelerate higher education success for Hispanics.

She received a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, an MS in International and Intercultural Development Education from FIU, and a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from the University of Miami.