Richard P. Saller served as the tenth Provost of the University of Chicago. Saller earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1978. He joined the University of Chicago as an Associate Professor in 1984 and was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1992. He received the honor of being named the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor. In 1994 he was appointed Dean of the Social Sciences Division – a position he held until 2002 when he was appointed Provost of the University of Chicago.
In 2007, Stanford University recruited Saller to serve as Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. He continues to serve in this role today.