A Provost is the chief academic officer of a college or university. In the United States, the title is most often used at research universities. The Provost is responsible for overseeing the academic budget, curriculum, programs, and hiring of the school’s faculty. The chief role of a Provost is to provide leadership, direction, and evaluation of academic activity and matters related to the faculty. In most instances, when the President of the University is unable to fulfill their responsibilities or is otherwise unavailable, the Provost is responsible for carrying out those responsibilities.