A provost is a senior administrative officer of academic matters at a college or university in North America. A provost oversees an institution’s academic priorities, resource allocations, staff recruitment and retention. A provost also works closely with the heads of different colleges, faculties and departments, who typically report to the provost.
A provost is often referred to as a university’s chief academic officer. A provost is in charge of offering administrative supervision for academic programs and, similar to how the dean of a department would oversee faculty, the provost would oversee a university’s academic and budgetary matters. Typically, the provost manages the different deans in charge of a university’s various faculties or colleges, as well as those in charge of IT, admissions and libraries.