Michael Halleran became the university's fifth provost on July 1, 2009. He also serves as a professor of classical studies.
Raised in New York City, Halleran attended Kenyon College (A.B., 1975), where he graduated summa cum laude with high honors in Classics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his A.M. (1978) and Ph.D. (1981) from Harvard University, focusing his studies on the Greek and Roman classics. After an initial position at Connecticut College, he moved to the University of Washington, where he was a professor of classics, then department Chair (1991-97) and Divisional Dean for the Arts and Humanities (1997-2005). His teaching focused on ancient Greek language, literature, intellectual history and mythology, and his publications (articles, books and translations) are primarily on Greek tragedy. From 2005-09, Halleran served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami.
At the University of Washington, Halleran oversaw the creation of the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Center for Digital Arts. He was deeply involved in strategic planning, faculty development and curricular innovations. While serving as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami, he created new programs for faculty development, started up freshman seminars, increased undergraduate research opportunities and helped to triple the annual fund-raising in the College. He also spearheaded the efforts to secure an NSF ADVANCE grant to improve the recruitment and retention of women and under-represented minorities in the sciences and engineering.
As the university's chief academic officer, Halleran is responsible for all academic and research programs, academic budgets, institutional planning, space allocation and faculty development.
Halleran and his wife Erin have three children, Rebecca, Tom and Andy, and one granddaughter, Adelaide Claire.