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

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Recent Examples on the Web One of those ministers, Imad Hoballah, is a US citizen who is a provost at the American University in Dubai. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "After 100 days of rage, Lebanon has a new government — and a deepening crisis," 24 Jan. 2020 Ariane Schauer is provost of Marymount California University, a small Catholic college outside Los Angeles. Karin Fischer, New York Times, "Online Classrooms Look to Improve Higher Education Across Africa, but Face Skepticism," 7 June 2019 The university’s Human Resources department coordinates the disciplinary process for staff members and the provost’s office coordinates the process for tenured and tenure-track faculty members, according to Bird. María Méndez, Dallas News, "17 University of Texas employees have violated sexual misconduct policies since November 2017," 9 Jan. 2020 The decision to end the tribute was made by the school provost’s office and the colonel of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Fox News, "University of Virginia cancels 21-gun salute from Veterans Day ceremony," 12 Nov. 2019 After the music, provost H. Frederick Sweitzer will present Monk with the degree. Susan Dunne,, "Avante-garde artist Meredith Monk coming to Hartt with concert, exhibit, film retrospective," 6 Nov. 2019 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

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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 20 Feb. 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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