William & Mary President Katherine A. Rowe sent the following message to the William & Mary community Sept. 5, 2018. - Ed.
Dear William & Mary Community,
Provost Michael R. Halleran has informed me he will step down at the end of the 2018-19 academic year to resume his distinguished career as teacher and scholar in the Department of Classical Studies.
The role of provost is among the most important at the university. As the chief academic officer, Michael has skillfully overseen all William & Mary’s academic and research programs, academic budgets, institutional planning, space allocation and faculty development. In addition to the respective deans, the Reves Center for International Studies, information technology, e-learning, enrollment management, registrar, accreditation and assessment, and institutional research all report to the provost, as do the William & Mary Washington Center, Muscarelle Museum, and Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture.
It’s a big job, and Michael has done it exceptionally well for nearly a decade. At the completion of this year, he will share with the late Gill Cell the longest tenure as provost in William & Mary’s history. During Michael’s time as provost, the university adopted a new financial model through the W&M Promise, launched our For the Bold campaign with a focus on scholarships, developed and implemented the new College Curriculum for undergraduates, invested in a new initiative to diversify faculty hiring, expanded use of digital technologies in the classroom, added online graduate programs, and much more.
The provost is also a vitally important partner to the president, as both Taylor Reveley and I can attest. Michael was among the first people to welcome me to William & Mary and has been among the most supportive colleagues in ensuring a smooth transition. I look forward to the year ahead working with Michael as part of the leadership team, then to hearing how much our students benefit from his teaching in the years to come.
A national search for his successor will begin later this semester, with more details on that process to be shared in the coming weeks and months.
We will be celebrating Michael’s achievements this year on many occasions. Please join me in finding appropriate moments and ways to express to Provost Halleran your personal appreciation of his leadership at William & Mary.
Katherine A. Rowe