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Welcome to the Provost's Office

Sarah Willie-LeBreton

As Provost, it is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the chief academic officer of a faculty and institution committed to fostering the academic achievement and creativity of students.  From the classrooms to the dance floors, in studios and maker-spaces, on athletic fields and in their offices, Swarthmore's extraordinary faculty include 190 tenure track scholars from around the world and 40 instructional staff devoted to excellence in higher education.  Together, we offer more than 600 courses each year and more than 40 courses of study, including the opportunity for students to design their own major.

Central to Swarthmore’s mission, we nurture a long tradition of shared governance among faculty--often in consultation with administrators, staff, and students--to maintain and innovate an outstanding curriculum.  For our faculty, we support conference attendance, research, and creative engagement through a generous sabbatical program, travel and research funds, and cooperation with our partners in the Four College Consortium of Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, we ensure broad access to the best classroom, laboratory, library, and co-curricular experiences for our students. 

In addition to overseeing the academic departments and the curriculum, the Provost's Office also oversees the work of the Libraries, the Department of Physical Education and Athletics, Information Technology, the Office of Off-Campus Study, the Honors Program, the Lang Center for Civil and Social Responsibility, the Tri-Co Philly Program, and the Center for Innovation and Leadership.

The work of my office is supported by an extraordinary team of faculty and staff, who have over 100 years of combined experience within higher education.  Be sure to stop by Parrish East during my office hours, introduce yourself, say hello, and share your ideas with me.

I look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Sarah Willie-LeBreton