What is a provost?

The Office of the Provost oversees all academic units on the Bloomington campus and coordinates initiatives related to faculty research, creative activity, and professional development; diversity; sustainability; and student success and well-being. The provost promotes a campus environment of expansive inclusivity, rigorous intellectual inquiry, and compassionate engagement with the community in Bloomington and around the world.

Provost Robel reports directly to IU President Michael A. McRobbie and works with all the academic and administrative units on the Bloomington campus to meet the university’s strategic goals. Her specific duties include:

  • Energizing research and creative activity
  • Securing funding for the sciences and research in all fields
  • Recruiting and retaining top-quality faculty
  • Managing academic appointments, searches, tenure, and promotion
  • Leading the university’s globalization efforts
  • Overseeing the improvement of academic quality of the student body
  • Elevating the campus intellectual climate
  • Safeguarding and improving diversity, humanity, and accessibility

IU Bloomington Campus Mission Statement

Bloomington is the flagship residential, doctoral-extensive campus of Indiana University. Our mission is to create, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge. We do so through our commitments to:

  • cutting-edge research, scholarship, arts, and creative activity;
  • challenging and inspired undergraduate, graduate, professional, and lifelong education;
  • culturally diverse and international educational programs and communities;
  • first-rate library and museum collections;
  • economic development in the state and region;
  • and meaningful experiences outside the classroom.

We are committed to full diversity, academic freedom, and meeting the changing educational and research needs of the state, the nation, and the world.

History of the Provost's Office

IU’s first provost was Michael A. McRobbie, who was named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for IU Bloomington in 2006. When he became IU’s 18th president in 2007, Karen Hanson, then dean of the Hutton Honors College and Rudy Professor of Philosophy, was named provost and executive vice president. Lauren Robel became provost in 2012.