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
Recent Examples of provost from the Web
Anjali Gupta was named to the dean's list at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Robert Levinson achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, earning a spot on the provost's list.
The provost marshal general's job is to handle incarcerations and investigations of those in the U.S. Army.
Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives, Diane v.
An improving economy frequently translates to falling enrollment for community colleges, said Rich Haney, the college's provost, who is serving as interim president in the wake of Jerry Weber's departure.
Julia Chinyere Oparah, provost and dean of the faculty, has been at Mills since 1997 and understands those concerns.
With this week’s decision, Keith Curry, provost of the El Camino Compton satellite campus and the Compton District CEO, becomes president of Compton College — the first of many changes, school officials said.
Joe Glover, provost for the university, said the 500 new faculty members, who will be hired over a period of time, will be in addition to the 300 to 400 faculty members the school hires each year to replace staff who retire or leave.
David Laude, senior vice provost at the University of Texas, says the school’s four-year graduation rate rose to 61% in 2016 from 50% in 2011.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
PROVOST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of provost for English Language Learners
: 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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