The University of Notre Dame seeks to be a preeminent research university with a distinctive Catholic character and an unsurpassed commitment to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate education, aims that provide the foundation for its academic mission.
As the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, Tom Burish is Notre Dame’s chief academic officer and is responsible for the stewardship of this mission, serving as the principal representative of the academy to both internal and external constituencies and leading strategic academic initiatives on behalf of the University. Working with the associate provosts, the vice president for research, the deans, the University librarian, and other academic leaders, he seeks to cultivate a learning community that challenges and engages students, inspires leading research and scholarship, and appreciates all intellectual inquiry as a pursuit of truth.
The Office of the Provost is divided into five major functional areas—budget and planning, faculty affairs, graduate studies, undergraduate affairs, and internationalization—with an associate provost providing support in each.
Notre Dame has had four provosts since establishing the position in 1970: Rev. James Burtchaell, C.S.C. (1970–1977), Timothy O’Meara (1978–1996), Nathan Hatch (1996–2005), and Tom Burish (2005–present).