I'm kinda hoping my provost isn't reading this (Hi, Patrick!)...
While a leading Washington think tank maintains that its recent survey of college provosts offered fresh insights into the role of these decision makers in academia today, some students across the country remain puzzled at its implications and, even, just what a provost does anyway.
Jody Day of Wilson Community College whipped out her cell phone and hit a few keys. "Aha. I know that the origin of the word means 'keeper of a prison.' Therefore, I'm sure the provost is the person who orders uniforms for cleaning staff, security and maybe even the sports team. Maybe the provost makes the parking rules, too."