Thank you for visiting this website, and welcome! I have been a long time member of the Washington and Lee community and now have the privilege of serving as Provost for two years. A national search will take place in 2012-13 that will result in the selection of the next chief academic officer for Washington and Lee. Between now and then, I have the task of continuing the excellent work that was done by June Aprille in her years as University Provost.
The purpose of this website is to serve faculty and staff who from time to time need information about policies, programs and opportunities. The links from the menu bar on this page celebrate faculty honors and awards, describe efforts to improve academic advising, archive reports that have been prepared by committees and officers in our community, and remind all of us about dates, deadlines and new initiatives. If you do not find what you need on these pages, have a new idea, or just want to say hello-please feel free to call, email, or drop by the office (temporarily on the second floor of Mattingly Hall). You do not need an appointment. Feel free to stop by to ask a question, drop off a document or share your perspectives on life and work at Washington and Lee.
What We Do
The Provost's Office oversees and supports the work of faculty, academic deans and directors, admissions, registrar, information technology services, athletics, career services, university collections, and other programs, committees, and functions central to the academic life of the university. The Provost works with other leaders to recruit and retain faculty, students and staff of the highest caliber and to empower them to do their best work together to achieve the outstanding student outcomes that are promised in the institutional mission statement. The Provost also works directly with the President and other Vice Presidents to develop annual budgets and priorities, promote student development, and advance the institution through fund-raising and communication strategies.
The Provost's Office drives activities that move the institution toward the goals implicit in the university's strategic plan and mission statement. On a day to day basis, progress depends on providing the faculty and administrators with accurate and timely information; maintaining sound policies that are applied consistently; effectively distributing resources; and leading with ideas, planning and implementation strategies. A few examples of exciting new academic endeavors are: the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity, Revitalization of the Undergraduate Spring Term, Teacher-Scholar Initiative, Sloan Program for Faculty Career Flexibility, and Revision to the Third Year Law curriculum.