A Roster of Provosts

Dr. Robert Barchi is the third of the modern provosts to come to office from the School of Medicine. His predecessors in the field were Jonathan Rhoads, now emeritus professor of surgery, the late Dr. Eliot Stellar, a psychologist who also served as chair of anatomy.

One medical faculty member, Dr. William Pepper, served as provost in the historical period when Penn did not have presidents (so that the provost was the highest officer in the University). All provosts since 1930 have been known as the chief academic officer.

At right is a roster of Penn's provosts--traditional, modern, acting and interim--based on that of the University Archives website.

  • The Reverend William Smith, 1754-1779
  • The Reverend John Ewing, 1779-1802
  • John McDowell, 1806-1810
  • The Reverend John Andrews, 1810-1813
  • The Reverend Frederick Beasley, 1813-1828
  • The Reverend William Heathcote DeLancey, 1828-1834
  • The Reverend John Ludlow, 1834-1859
  • Henry Vethake, 1854-1859
  • The Reverend Daniel Goodwin, 1860-1868
  • Charles Janeway Stillé, 1868-1880
  • William Pepper, 1881-1894
  • Charles Custis Harrison, 1894-1910
  • Edgar Fahs Smith, 1910-1920
  • Josiah Harmar Penniman, 1921-1939
  • George William McClelland, 1939-1944
  • Paul Howard Musser, 1944-1951
  • Edwin Bucher Williams, 1951-1955
  • Jonathan Evans Rhoads, 1955-1959
  • Loren Corey Eiseley, 1959-1961
  • David Rockwell Goddard, 1961-1971
  • Curtis R. Reitz, 1971-1972
  • Eliot Stellar, 1973-1978
  • Vartan Gregorian, 1978-1980
  • Benjamin Shen, 1980-81*
  • Louis A. Girifalco, 1981*
  • Thomas Ehrlich, 1981-1987
  • Michael Thomas Aiken, 1987-1993
  • Marvin Lazerson, 1993-1994*
  • Stanley Chodorow, 1994-1997
  • Michael Wachter, 1997-98*
  • Robert L. Barchi, 1999-

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* Acting or Interim Provost


Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 14, December 8, 1998

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