History of the Office

Established in 1979, the Provost is the chief academic and budget officer of the university. Reporting to the President, the Provost is responsible for all academic and research programs, academic budgets, institutional planning, space allocation and faculty development.

A two column table of past provosts and their photos..
George R. Healy
George R. Healy
1979 - 1986
Graduated from Oberlin College in 1948, later attending the University of Minnesota for his MA (1951) and Ph.D. (1955). As a historian, Healy specialized in the intellectual history of 18th-century France and translated Montesquieu's Persian Letters.
Melvyn D.Schiavelli
Melvyn D. Schiavelli
1986 - 1993
Attended DePaul University in Chicago, earning a BS in Chemistry in 1964. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Schiavelli published many articles in his field.
Gillian T. Cell
Gillian T. Cell
1993 - 2003
Graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA in 1959 and a Ph.D. in History in 1964. She was expert in early British colonial expansion, publishing two books on the subject. She received an honorary doctorate from St. John's University in Newfoundland.
P. Geoffrey Feiss
P. Geoffrey Feiss
2003 - 2009
Received the AB in Geology from Princeton University and the MA and Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard. His research interests are hydrothermal geochemistry and economic mineral resources.
Michael R. Halleran
Michael R. Halleran
2009 - 2019
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.
Peggy Agouris
Peggy Agouris
2019 - Present
Received her engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate, she also received a degree in classical music and piano from the Greek Conservatory.