Office of the Provost

Welcome to the Office of the Provost at Washington and Lee University. The provost is the University's chief academic officer. Working with the academic deans and the faculty, the provost is responsible for the academic strategy and priorities for University's central mission of teaching and learning.

At W&L, the deans of the College, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, and the Law School report to the Provost. Other direct reports to the provost are the associate provost, the assistant provost for institutional research and effectiveness, the registrar, the director of the University Library, the chief technology officer, the director of the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics, and the director of athletics. The provost oversees budget allocations to these units and works with them for planning, development, implementation, assessment and improvement of all academic programs, policies and supporting infrastructure including facilities and information technology. The provost is responsible for the recruiting and retaining of faculty and contributes to maintaining the infrastructure that assists the faculty in teaching and research.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the provost is assisted by the associate provost and the executive assistant.

This website offers helpful information for faculty and for students and their families. The Office of the Provost is committed to providing academic experiences of the highest quality for our students and faculty.


Provost Comments

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Mock Convention 2016

Mock Convention approaches! This classic W&L event should be exceptionally exciting and intriguing this year, with such a wide open and contentious Republican cluster of candidates. For a great discussion of the sophistication and depth of Mock Con, I recommend Prof. Bob Strong’s interview here:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Commemorating MLK

Our Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative week was once again a model of thoughtful, impassioned, and interpretive response to the figure of King and his legacy. Michael Eric Dyson was an electrifying speaker, and the many events, panels, and discussions across the campus over the six-day period were a great contribution to our intellectual and cultural life. King’s concept of “the beloved community” is a timely reminder, it seems to me, of our need to be ever cognizant about our own communities and the many people with whom we share our lives. I offer my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


This coming Monday, January 18, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday. Washington and Lee will not hold academic classes on Monday. A range of wonderful events are planned and we strongly encourage everyone to attend.



Wednesday, February 03, 2016

W&L Mock Convention: At Its Core, a Research Project

The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a mock presidential nominating process with over 100 years of success. Every four years, Mock Convention attempts to predict who the party currently out of power in the White House will nominate to run for president of the United States.