As provost, Michael R. Halleran is the chief academic officer of William & Mary. Reporting directly to the president, he is senior among the five university administrators at the vice-presidential level. The provost, in accordance with policies established by the Board of Visitors, is responsible for all academic and research programs, academic budgets, institutional planning, space allocation and faculty development.
Jointly with the senior vice president for finance & administration, the provost is responsible for budget planning and priorities, including resource allocation and expenditures. Working with the deans, the provost is responsible for academic planning, curricular and educational policy matters, including inauguration of new programs and faculty development. The provost works closely with the faculty leadership, meeting routinely with both the Faculty Assembly and the Faculty Assembly Executive Committee. He is also the primary administrative contact for the Professional and Professional Faculty Assembly.
With the vice president for strategic initiatives & public affairs, Henry Broaddus, the provost co-chairs the Planning Steering Committee, which oversees the university's strategic planning efforts. Among the key foci of the strategic plan are strengthening William & Mary as a leading liberal arts university in the 21st century, with a greater global relevance and deeper interdisciplinary connections, and building a new financial model for the university.
In addition to the deans, reporting to the provost are the vice provosts for academic affairs, international affairs and research and academic programs, the associate provosts for admission, information technology, university elearning initiatives, institutional assessment and effectiveness, and Registrar, the directors of the Washington, D.C. Center, Muscarelle Museum and the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, and the Ombuds.