What Is a Provost?

The provost is Pitt’s chief academic officer and is responsible for leading the team that develops and implements the University's academic vision.

Joseph J. McCarthy was appointed Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor effective July 1, 2023. Watch the Introducing Interim Provost Joseph McCarthy video to learn more about Joe and his plans for the upcoming year. 

The provost provides general oversight of academic affairs, including education, faculty, and student life. The provost has primary responsibility for all aspects of the University of Pittsburgh’s academic mission. These duties include supporting scholarly excellence among more than 4,800 faculty members and success among the University’s nearly 33,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on all five Pitt campuses. Ten Pitt schools and a number of centers and other academic areas report to the provost.

View past provosts of the University of Pittsburgh »