Previous Provosts

The Trustees of the University established the Office of the Provost in 1811 and appointed John M. Mason. Five years later, the Office was abolished with the President assuming most of the duties of the Provost. From the time the Office was reestablished in 1912 until the present, the precise title (or titles, in some cases) has changed but the responsibility as the chief academic officer of the University has remained constant. The following lists the Provosts of the University and their exact titles by date of service:

1811–1816 John M. Mason, Provost
1816 Office abolished
1912–1927 William H. Carpenter, Provost
1927–1937 Position vacant. Milton Del Manzo served as Provost for Summer Sessions during this period.
1937–1946 Frank Diehl Fackenthal, Provost
1946–1947 Position vacant. Dr. Fackenthal served as Acting President.
1947–1949 Albert C. Jacobs, Provost
1949–1953 Grayson L. Kirk, Provost
1953–1958 John A. Krout, Provost
1958–1967 Jacques Barzun, Dean of Faculties and Provost
1967–1969 David B. Truman, Vice President and Provost
1969 Paul D. Carter, Provost
Polykarp Kusch, Vice President and Dean of Faculties
1969–1970 Peter B. Kenen, Provost
Polykarp Kusch, Vice President and Dean of Faculties
1970–1971 Polykarp Kusch, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
1971–1978 Wm. Theodore de Bary, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
1978–1979 Norman N. Mintz, Acting Provost
1979–1980 Michael I. Sovern, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
1980–1981 Henrik H. Bendixen, Acting Provost (Health Sciences) and Acting Vice President for Health Sciences
Peter Likins, Provost (Morningside Professional Schools)
Fritz Stern, Provost (Arts and Sciences)
1981–1982 Robert F. Goldberger, Provost (Health Sciences) and Vice President for Health Sciences
Peter Likins, Provost (Morningside Professional Schools)
Fritz Stern, Provost (Arts and Sciences)
1982–1983 Robert F. Goldberger, Provost (Health Sciences and Morningside Professional Schools) and Vice President for Health Sciences
Fritz Stern, Provost (Arts and Sciences)
1983–1989 Robert F. Goldberger, Provost
1987 Fritz Stern, Acting Provost (Robert F. Goldberger served as Acting President)
1989–1994 Jonathan R. Cole, Provost
1994–2003 Jonathan R. Cole, Provost and Dean of Faculties
2003–2009 Alan Brinkley, Provost
2009-2011 Claude M. Steele, Provost
2011- John H. Coatsworth, Provost