Office of the Provost

What is a Provost?

pro-vost n [ME, fr. OE profost & OF provost , fr ML propositus , alter. of praepositus , fr L, one in charge, director, fr. pp. of praeponere to place at the head] 1: the chief dignitary of a collegiate or cathedral chapter 2: the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh 3: the keeper of a prison 4: a high-ranking university administrative officer

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and has responsibility for the University's academic and budgetary affairs. The Provost collaborates with the President in setting overall academic priorities for the University and allocates funds to carry these priorities forward.

The following individuals report to the Provost:

  • Deans of the nineteen schools and colleges, including:
    • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs - Graduate Studies and Dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
    • Vice Provost for Academic Innovation; University Librarian and Dean of Libraries
  • Other direct reports:
    • Vice Provost for Engaged Learning
    • Vice Provosts for Academic and Faculty Affairs
    • Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs
    • Special Counsel to the Provost
    • Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
    • Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion; Chief Diversity Officer
    • Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity; Director, Office for Institutional Equity
    • Director of the Institute for Social Research
    • Director of the Life Sciences Institute

Given the broad scope of Academic Affairs, numerous offices and entities are under the umbrella of the Provost's Office. These include, for example, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, the Museum of Art, Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Budget Administration, Budget and Planning, the CEW+, and the Officer Education Programs.