pro·​vost | \ ˈprō-ˌvōst How to pronounce provost (audio) , 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

Examples of provost in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David Johnson, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of South Alabama, has been elected chair of the board to trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Lily Jackson |, al, "South Alabama provost elected chair of national organization," 13 Dec. 2019 But on Friday, the Board of Regents announced that University of Maryland, Baltimore’s provost and executive vice president, Bruce Jarrell, will take over as the interim president of the university early next year. Liz Bowie,, "New University System of Maryland chancellor taking over six months earlier than planned," 6 Dec. 2019 But a warming trend is taking hold on the campus of nearly 29,000 students — and many credit their new president, Lynn Mahoney, the former provost of Cal State LA and now SF State’s 14th president. Nanette Asimov,, "SF State’s new president: Lynn Mahoney makes peace on a fractured campus," 29 Nov. 2019 Drale was serving as the interim executive vice chancellor and provost. Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Online, "Audit identifies budgeting irregularities at UALR," 22 Nov. 2019 Universities with global reputations that focus on research and science and math programs are likely to remain attractive to foreign students, said Willis G. Wang, the vice president and associate provost of global programs at BU., "Fewer foreign students coming to the United States - The Boston Globe," 18 Nov. 2019 Vice provost and dean of the school’s Office of Undergraduate Education Bob McMaster says part of the rise is due to changes in Minnesota high schools, which have seen demographic shifts in recent years. USA TODAY, "Pumpkin boat, foie gras ban, library raccoons: News from around our 50 states," 31 Oct. 2019 Urgo was president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 2010 to 2013 and provost at University of North Carolina at Asheville from 2014 to 2018. Robin Goist, cleveland, "University of Akron appoints interim provost," 23 Oct. 2019 Ara Guzelimian, provost and dean of the Juilliard School, will be the festival’s new artistic director. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Chad Smith, newly named L.A. Phil chief, steps down from Ojai Music Festival post," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Provost.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of provost

US : an official of high rank at a university
British : the head of a college at a university
: the head of a Scottish town

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