pro·vost | \ˈprō-ˌvōst, ˈprä-vəst, ˈprō-vəst, especially before another noun ˌprō-(ˌ)vō\

Definition of provost 

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

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Laude is a chemistry professor and senior vice provost at the University of Texas at Austin. Jeffrey J. Selingo, ajc, "Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?," 9 June 2018 Greenstein, 57, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, previously served as a vice provost in the University of California system, which is more than twice the size of Pennsylvania’s system. Susan Snyder,, "New chancellor hired for Pennsylvania's state universities," 21 May 2018 Espy, the senior vice president for research at the University of Arizona, will replace Mauli Agrawal, the interim provost, in June. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA selects its second in command," 18 Apr. 2018 Until administrators choose Johnson’s replacement, the university’s provost, Jerry Baldasty, will make major decisions for the dental school and work with leadership to address its financial problems, said UW spokesman, Victor Balta. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Facing $42 million budget deficit, UW dental school dean resigns," 16 Apr. 2018 During his time as provost, Pritchett established a graduate college and introduced a new undergraduate general curriculum, Kelly said. Scott Travis,, "Former FAU provost and interim president John Pritchett dies," 12 July 2018 The two men worked together for nearly four years, and Hitt was one of the reasons Whittaker came to UCF, leaving his previous position as vice provost at Purdue University. Annie Martin,, "New UCF President Dale Whittaker vows to 'bring my own energy,' on first day," 2 July 2018 Beth Boehm, dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, currently serves as interim provost. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "New U of L president's first challenges: Fill vacant, high-level jobs," 2 July 2018 Before his stint at Lesley, Hansen had served as provost at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Danny Mcdonald,, "Citing personal health, Lesley University president will step down," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of provost

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for provost

Middle English, from Old English profost & Anglo-French provost, from Medieval Latin propositus, alteration of praepositus, from Latin, one in charge, director, from past participle of praeponere to place at the head — more at preposition

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English Language Learners Definition of provost

: an official of high rank at a university

: the head of a college at a university

: the head of a Scottish town

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