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 Aswani Volety, serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Elon University, was elected unanimously by the UNC Board of Governors during its meeting in Chapel Hill. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 The sale was effective Dec. 23, 2021, and signed in early February by Ian Moe, Paradise Media’s CEO; Jennifer Keene, dean of UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts; and Chris Heavey, the university’s provost and executive vice president. Dorany Pinedastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Jianping Zhu, the former provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of six years, stepped down to rejoin the faculty in fall 2021. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Teri VonHandorf, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Gateway Community and Technical College, says about half of Gateway students chose online classes this semester. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 17 Jan. 2022 As provost and vice president for academic affairs, O’Brien oversaw the recruitment, hiring and retention of faculty, including the implementation of faculty policies. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Dec. 2021 Katherine Fleming, the provost of New York University, will succeed Jim Cuno, who’s retiring after heading the world’s richest arts organization for eleven years. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 14 Apr. 2022 Done right, swearing can provide an emotional release, psychologically gird you to withstand pain and cement team ties, says Danette Ifert Johnson, the provost of Kalamazoo College who has researched swearing at work. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2022 When Eggers was six, Walter became the provost of the University of New Hampshire, in Durham. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Provost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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