President Jim Yong Kim announced today that he has appointed Carol L. Folt as Dartmouth's Provost effective immediately.
Folt has served as Acting Provost since October 2009 when she replaced Provost Barry P. Scherr, who served for eight years in this role. Folt has also continued to serve as dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, a position she has held since 2004. A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1983, she holds an endowed faculty position as The Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences. A search will be launched for a new dean of faculty immediately and Folt will step down from her position as dean as soon as a new dean is selected.
In making the announcement, President Kim said, "Carol is an internationally recognized scientist, an outstanding educator, and an astute and visionary administrator. She commands great respect within and outside Dartmouth for her ability to identify broad goals and implement them with a deep commitment to academic excellence, and with creativity and integrity.
"As Dartmouth's chief academic officer, Carol will play a crucial role in the institution–wide strategic planning process we are now launching. She brings an impressive record of academic leadership and vision and has the strong personal skills needed for this role. Her intimate knowledge of Dartmouth and insight into perspectives across disciplines will help me to engage the entire community in strategizing a bold vision for Dartmouth," Kim added.
The Provost is Dartmouth's second ranking officer and is directly responsible for overseeing the academic integrity, educational and research programs of the institution, including the three professional schools and Arts & Sciences, and for those operations transcending the work of a single faculty. The Provost works closely with the academic deans and the faculty to establish strategic priorities, and oversees with the Executive Vice President the budget and financial planning to meet these objectives. The Provost also oversees the major academic support units including the libraries, museum and performing arts center, numerous other offices, academic centers and institutes, and is responsible for long term capital planning to meet academic objectives. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity also reports to the Provost.