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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The provost at the California Institute of Technology, where Dr. Arnold is a professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry, sent a congratulatory note to the Caltech community. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Among the Lesser-Known Nobel Prize Perks: Free Parking," 7 Oct. 2018 Staben served as provost at the University of South Dakota from 2008 to 2014. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "Boosters asked State Board of Education to oust Idaho President Chuck Staben," 25 May 2018 Aquila, then provost at St. Thomas, also received the email and told Fleming to delete it, Fleming says in Monday's lawsuit. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "Lawsuit: University of St. Thomas retaliated against woman who reported sexual misconduct," 16 Jan. 2018 Plus, research shows that voting can quickly become a repeat habit, Wendy Wood, Ph.D., provost professor of psychology and business at the University of Southern California, tells SELF. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How to Actually Get Your Friends to Vote," 31 Oct. 2018 As interim president, Hansen will work closely with Lesley’s new provost, Dr. Margaret Everett, who is slated to start in that role July 1, according to the school. Danny Mcdonald,, "Citing personal health, Lesley University president will step down," 19 June 2018 Tony Roark was named interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, Schimpf's former position. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "This is Boise State's new interim president, replacing Kustra," 1 June 2018 Nearly three weeks ago, the university’s Board of Trustees selected Whittaker, now the provost, over three other finalists for the top post. Annie Martin,, "Board of Governors set to confirm new UCF president on Thursday," 28 Mar. 2018 Whitten had been provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of the University of Georgia since 2014. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Kennesaw State University has new president," 12 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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