A Tradition of Excellence

From the earliest days of its founding, Boston University has committed itself to being not only an incubator of ideas and discovery, but a motivator of action, entrepreneurship, and transformative solutions to the challenges of the day.

The Boston University Office of the Provost upholds this Terrier tradition of excellence by providing leadership in the University’s academic, budgetary, and planning efforts. Key to these efforts are attracting and supporting the finest faculty and students from around the world, investing in world-class learning spaces and research facilities, and advancing a standard for scholarship and innovation consistently regarded among the nation’s leaders.

The Work of the Provost

University Provost ad interim Kenneth Lutchen is BU’s second-ranking official and its chief academic officer. Reporting directly to President ad interim Kenneth Freeman, the provost supervises all academic programs and support functions, faculty affairs (including recruiting, promotion, and tenure), strategic initiatives, global programs, student academic affairs, and academic and space planning.

As one of the country’s largest private research institutions, Boston University serves more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students across the 17 schools and colleges and the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences of its Charles River, Medical, and Fenway Campuses. Its highly regarded faculty counts among its members Nobel Laureates, MacArthur fellows, Pulitzer Prize winners, and a roster of nationally renowned scholars in every discipline. Its classrooms, meanwhile, have become recognized as a launching pad for national leaders in science, engineering, business, communications, the humanities, and public service.

The Office of the Provost works to ensure the continued pursuit of excellence by promoting the very best in new scholarship and interdisciplinary research across campuses, supporting the University’s extensive global outreach efforts, and sustaining a vibrant intellectual community composed of the finest faculty and students.

About the Provost

Kenneth Lutchen is University Provost and Chief Academic Officer ad interim of Boston University.

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Celebrating BU’s Award-Winning Faculty; Recipients of the 2024 Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology and the University Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award

From Dr. Kenneth Lutchen, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer ad interim and Dr. Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Each spring, we have the pleasure of honoring BU faculty whose work has been recognized through an impressive roster of national and international distinctions, as well as announcing the recipients of two […]

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Dr. Sandro Galea to Step Down as Dean of the School of Public Health; Will Join Washington University in St. Louis as Inaugural Dean of Public Health

From Dr. Kenneth Lutchen, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Karen Antman, Medical Campus Provost and Dean, Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Dr. Sandro Galea, who has served with distinction as dean of the Boston University School of Public Health (SPH) since 2015 and as Robert A. Knox Professor, has announced he […]

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Updated Procedures on Handling of Student Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Cases

From Dr. Kenneth Lutchen, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer ad interim Boston University is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all community members. As part of that commitment, the Office of the Provost reviewed how the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Equal Opportunity Policy are administered at the University to identify potential […]

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