To: University Faculty
From: Daniel Diermeier
Subject: A Message from the Provost
Date: July 1, 2016
It is a great honor and responsibility to commence my work as Provost today. The University of Chicago is distinguished among its peers by its firm commitment to rigorous inquiry in all its forms. Many universities pay homage to the centrality of scholarship. But it is the day-to-day dedication to a place where ideas come first--“the intense, strenuous, and constant intellectual activity of the place,” in Hutchins’ words--that makes the University of Chicago what it is.
The Provost's most important task is to ensure that these academic values continue to guide day-to decisions. At a practical level the Provost's Office is also the place where academic ambitions meet the realities of resource constraints, where trade-offs must be made, and where the integrity of our academic values must be upheld.
As I assume my responsibilities as Provost I look forward to working with the faculty, the Deans, and the University’s senior leadership to ensure that the values that have defined our University since its founding continue to govern its daily life.
Daniel Diermeier, Provost