University of Connecticut, Provost's Office Records
Scope and Content
The collection includes documentation regarding internal University activities and correspondence between various administrative offices, academic schools and departments. There is also information about outside agencies, institutions and individuals. Files hold material of a very routine nature as well as letters, reports, statistical data and materials pertaining to questions of University policy and planning.
The collection is open and available for research, with the exception of personnel or student materials in Series VI and VIII.
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The Office of the Provost was established in 1950 when the Provost assumed the functions of the Dean of the University. In 1975, the Office was abolished and its functions were assigned to the new Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
The Office of the Provost was responsible for University matters pertaining to academic activities and policy, including jurisdiction over the various schools, as well as faculty and student matters. In addition, the Office was responsible for the daily internal operations of the University Senate and the Board of Trustees. The responsibilities for the latter have since been relocated to the President's Office.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs, formerly the Provost, was the chief academic officer of the University and reported directly to the University President. The following University officers reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs: Assistant and Associate Provosts, Deans of Schools and Colleges, and the Directors of the Computer Center, Fiscal Services, Institutional Research and the University Libraries.
In the 1990s, these responsibilities were reorganized and the office designated as the Chancellor and Provost for University Affairs. The Chancellor was the chief operating officer and in this capacity was responsible for managing the operation of the University except for those areas under the direct supervision of the President or the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. He or she was the coordinator and supervisor of all of the University's programs of instruction and research, except for those aspects assigned to the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. He or she also coordinated the formulation of policies and administration of all schools, colleges, divisions, institutes, and regional campuses of the University, except those specifically assigned to the President or the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. The Chancellor and Provost for University Affairs oversaw policies and administration of the University of Connecticut Research Foundation. The name of the office changed again during Dr. Petersen's administration (2000-2004) when it reverted to "Provost."
Despite the name changes over the years, the Office of the Provost has consistently held the responsibilities as the chief administrative office in charge of the academic operations of the University. Additional information regarding the current activities and responsibilities Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is available online.
Albert E. Waugh, Provost, 1950 - 1960.
Albert E. Waugh, Provost and Academic Vice President, 1960-1965.
Edward Gant, Provost and Academic Vice President, 1965-1974.
Kenneth G. Wilson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1974-1981.
Anthony T. DiBenedetto, Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1981-1986.
Julis A. Elias (Interim), Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1986-1988.
Peter McFadden (Interim), Provost and Academic Vice President, 1988 January - June.
Thomas J. Tighe, Provost and Academic Vice President, June 1988 - 1994.
Mark Emmert, Chancellor, 1995 - 1999 June.
Fred Maryanski (Interim), Chancellor, 1994 - 1995, July 1999 - June 2000, June 2004 - January 2005.
John D. Petersen, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, June 2000 - June 2004
Peter J. Nicholls, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2005 March 1 - 2012 May 31.
Mun Choi, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2012 - 2017.
Jeremy Teitelbaum (Interim) February 2017 - April 2018.
John Kennedy, Provost, April 2018 - March 2019
John Elliot (Interim), March 2019 - July 2020
Carl W. Lejuez, July 2020 - May 2022
Anne D'Alleva (Interim), May 2022 -
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Language of Materials
The Provost's Office is responsible for University matters pertaining to academic activities and policy, including jurisdiction over the various schools, as well as faculty and student matters. In addition, the Office is responsible for the daily internal operations of the University Senate and at one point, the Board of Trustees. The Provost's Office was established in 1950 when the Provost assumed the functions of the Dean of the University. In 1975, the Office was abolished and its functions were assigned to the new Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President of Finance and Administration. These functions were merged under the administration of the Chancellor in 1991. The name of the office changed from Chancellor's Office back to Provost's Office in 2000.
Series I-XII represent the initial transfer of records from this office and have been treated as an organic whole. Subsequent records were transferred in administrative segments based on the tenure of the incumbent in this administrative position and are arranged accordingly beginning with series XIII.
Series I: C. B. Gentry Correspondence (1931-1948) contains early correspondence from the period during which Charles B. Gentry acted as Director of Resident Instruction beginning in 1931. In 1933, Connecticut Agricultural College became Connecticut State College, and in 1939, the University of Connecticut. In 1940, Gentry was appointed Dean of the University. He retired in 1950. Although these records pre-date the actual existence of the Provost Office, these earlier offices performed much the same duties and had similar responsibilities. The records in this series are arranged alphabetically, and the folders relate to individual staff members for the most part. Other folders do exist for subject such as grading system, enrollment, promotions and salary increases, war material and war records.
Series II: General Correspondence [Albert E. Waugh] (1950-1965) contains the records of the Provost's Office and covers the tenure of Albert E. Waugh. Contained within this series is an alphabetically arranged subject file, with a few folders for individuals such as President Jorgensen. Folders contain correspondence from various bureaus, centers and institutes (on and off-campus), departments and programs within the University, business firms and other organizations. More specific information will be found in the subjects covered by other series and researchers should check in both the general correspondence and the other series for related information.
Series III: General Correspondence [Edward V. Gant] (1965-1974) contains files of the University's second Provost, Edward V. Gant. Like Series II, it is an alphabetically ordered group of subject folders pertaining to the Provost's Office and the various University functions and programs over which it had jurisdiction. This series was originally broken down by academic year, but the distinctions within each folder were not always clear so it was reorganized into a single alphabetical sequence to facilitate access.
Series IV: Schools and Colleges (1948-1971) contains correspondence, reports and other data exchanged between the Provost's Office and the schools, colleges and departments within the University. Department files letters from staff members. This series is organized into four distinct time periods: 1948-1965, 1966-1968, 1968-1969, and 1969-1971. Within each time sequence, the folders are arranged in alphabetical order according to school or college. Within these headings, departments are then listed alphabetically. For example, the records for academic year 1968-1969 begin with the College of Agriculture. Its carious departments, such as Plant Science, are arranged alphabetically. The School of Arts and Sciences follows, with its departments, History, etc. filed alphabetically following the main heading. Much of the correspondence refers to salary matters and creation of new positions within departments.
Series V: Committees (1968-1972) contains an alphabetically organized file of information from the various committees on campus. Committee folders from an earlier period may be found in the General Correspondence. Committee folders having a specific relationship to a particular series, such as the University Senate, will be found in that series. It is recommended that researchers check both series for committee information. Subjects in this series include the Athletic Planning Committee, Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee to the Handicapped, and the Executive Committee of Water Resources, as well as many others.
Series VI: Former Staff (1950-1970) ***RESTRICTED*** contains correspondence and personnel files relating to former staff members. This series is divided into two subseries (1950-1960, 1960-1970) both of which are arranged in alphabetical order by last name. Most of the staff included in these files were members of the teaching faculty rather than administrative, technical or clerical employees. Folders include information on reappointment, salary, assignments, resumes, records of professional activities, and similar information.
Series VII: Faculty (1942-1973) contains a variety of materials directly relating to the faculty of the University. Included are faculty minutes for the schools and colleges. The series is arranged alphabetically by school or college and then chronologically by academic year. The records of the Curricula and Courses Committee form a separate section and are also arranged alphabetically by school or college. This series also contains the Faculty Summer Fellowship applications from 1970-1973, Promotion and Tenure reports from the schools and colleges from 1969, salary materials from 1945-1973, and a file from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
Series VIII: Students and Student Organizations (1940-1971) contains an alphabetically arranged collection of files pertaining specifically to students and student activities on campus. The bulk of the materials fall within the years 1960-1971, with the early files primarily concerning the Honors Program. The series includes, in part, folders pertaining to financial aid, student personnel, campus disorders and the SDS, the Student Senate and University Scholars. ***Contains RESTRICTED student files***
Series IX: Board of Trustees (1939-1972) contains materials from the Board of Trustees, which were maintained by the Provost's Office. This series is primarily a set of Trustee minutes from 1939 through 1972. Agendas are included for the years 1968-1973, and general folders of Trustee material are also included for the years 1961 to 1971. The files are arranged chronologically.
Series X: University Senate (1948-1974) consists of records from the University Senate, also maintained by the Provost's Office. The series is divided into three subseries: Senate Ballots includes the years 1962-1971. Curricula and Courses Committee Records date from 1955-1974. Committees are arranged alphabetically. This subseries contains Faculty Standards, Senate Salary and Inauguration (Babbidge) files, among others.
Series XI: Assistant Provost [Galvin Gall] (1968-1973) is a special set of folders created by Galvin Gall who served as Assistant Provost from 1968-1973. The folders are arranged alphabetically and contain extensive information on the University braches. There is also information relating to councils, programs and institutes on campus.
Series XII: Associate Provost [William Orr] (1967-1977) contains files and booklets relating to the Commission on Higher Education and Affirmative Action. Orr served as Associate Provost from 1965 thorough 1974, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1975 through 1977. The series contains materials relating to the Affirmative Action Plan of July 1974, including correspondence with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), salary cases, affirmative action plans at other institutions and Title VI and IX information. There is also a great deal of information relating to the Commission for Higher Education Master Plan, C.H.E. minutes from 1967-1977, and folders from the C.H.E. Subcommittee on the Coordination of Planning pertaining to academic planning accreditation. Also included in the series are William Orr's files containing annual reports from University branches, programs and campus institutes for the year 1972.
Series XIII: Kenneth G. Wilson (undated, 1939-1984)
Series XIII: Kenneth G. Wilson
Series XIV: Kenneth G. Wilson and Anthony DiBenedetto (undated, 1974-1986)
Series XIV: Wilson and DiBenedetto
Series XV: Anthony DiBenedetto and Julius Elias (undated, 1960-1991)
Series XV: DiBenedetto and Elias
Series XVI: 2010 Transfers (undated, 2002-2006) contains files transferred by the ofice for inclusion in the collection that are not associated with a particular transition or tenure.
Series XVII: Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs [David Carter] (undated, 1964-1983).
The records were stored in the basement of Gulley Hall for many years, but since about 1999 havebeen transferred more regularly.
The original transfer of records occurred were transferred to Archives & Special Collections in February 1980.
The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:
Transcript of an interview with Provost Gant (1972-11-27, 1989-0003.ac1) is available.
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