J. Xavier Prochaska is currently the UCSC Interim FAR. In that role, he is in charge of providing oversight of the academic integrity of the athletics program and serving as an advocate for student-athlete well-being. He is a Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics for UC Santa Cruz's Inter[Stellar+Galactic] Medium Program of Studies (IMPS).
A former college soccer player, "X" graduated from Princeton University in 1993, where he played under former U.S. national coach Bob Bradley. He lived in Rhode Island before settling in California.