As NYIT’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Junius J. Gonzales, M.D., leads the university’s programs in teaching, research, and service and is responsible for academic planning, new initiatives in teaching and learning, research centers, curriculum for NYIT's global programs, and the libraries.

Gonzales has held high-level leadership roles across academia, government, and the private sector. He served as senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the 17-campus University of North Carolina System from January 2015 to May 2018 and was interim president of the system from January to March 2016. As the UNC System's top academic officer, he was responsible for overseeing academic planning and budgeting, student affairs, sponsored programs and research, faculty support, licensure and institutional research, and analysis. Gonzales served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at El Paso and held senior academic and administrative posts at the University of South Florida and Georgetown University, as well as leadership positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and as a principal investigator for Cambridge-based Abt Associates, one of the world’s 25 top-ranked research firms.

Gonzales earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. A psychiatrist by training, he completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.