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Letter from the Provost

 

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 the words of President Robert Maynard Hutchins--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-day 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. These are not always easy tasks.  In the words of the University of Chicago’s first Provost Edward Levi, "The life of reason is a difficult life.  It requires clarity, intellectual rigor, humility, and honesty.  It requires commitment and considerable energy.  It requires that we ask questions not only of others but of ourselves.  It requires that we examine not only the beliefs of others, but those newly acquired doctrines which all are prone to believe because they are held by a group we favor, or are the cherished inspirations which come to us in the middle of the night and which we are certain cannot be wrong."

As I assume my responsibilities as Provost I look forward to working with the faculty, the staff, 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

Leadership

Daniel Abebe

Daniel Abebe

Vice Provost
Blair Archambeau

Blair Archambeau

Associate Provost
Daryl Baldemor

Daryl Baldemor

Director, Administration & Operations in the Offices of the President and Provost
Ofelia Casillas

Ofelia Casillas

Associate Provost for Strategic Communications
Bridget Collier

Bridget Collier

Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity Programs
Mike Franklin

Mike Franklin

Senior Advisor to the Provost for Computation and Data Science
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Stephen Gabel

Associate Provost
Melissa Gilliam

Melissa Gilliam

Vice Provost
Ingrid Gould

Ingrid Gould

Associate Provost
Melina Hale

Melina Hale

Vice Provost
Michael Hopkins

Michael Hopkins

Vice Provost
Ka Yee Lee

Ka Yee Lee

Vice Provost for Research
David J. Levin

David J. Levin

Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts
Jason Merchant

Jason Merchant

Vice Provost
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Bill Michel

Associate Provost & Executive Director of UChicago Arts and the Reva and David Logan Center
Nicki Nabasny

Nicki Nabasny

Associate Provost & Chief of Staff
Joel Pollack

Joel Pollack

Associate Provost
Michele Rasmussen

Michele Rasmussen

Dean of Students in the University
Darren Reisberg

Darren Reisberg

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Deputy Provost
Dillan Siegler

Dillan Siegler

Associate Provost
Katrina Spencer

Katrina Spencer

Associate Vice President for Finance & Budget Director
Bala Srinivasan

Bala Srinivasan

Vice President for Strategy and Innovation and Chief International Officer & Deputy Provost
Gil Stein

Gil Stein

Senior Advisor to the Provost for Cultural Heritage
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Carol E. Wilinski

Secretary of the Faculties
Dali Yang

Dali L. Yang

Senior Advisor to the President and the Provost on Global Initiatives
Laurie Zoloth

Laurie Zoloth

Senior Advisor to the Provost for Programs on Social Ethics

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