Bennett: Proposals to prepare provosts for presidency

June 14, 2019

While succession from provost to president appears to be something of a given, the drastically different requirements of the two roles can pose continuity problems, writes Nathan Bennett. The fundamental disconnect between them, he adds, is that presidents can be roughly defined as “strategic,” outward looking “visionaries” while provosts tend to execute and implement an institution’s internal operations. To better prepare provosts for a presidency, the author suggests that provosts should have more opportunities to be the “public face of the university,” lead some interactions with the public, and present independently formulated initiatives to stakeholders. Inside Higher Ed (International)