Welcome from the Provost
Georgetown began life in 1789, the year of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. From its hilltop site a couple of miles west of the seat of the federal government, the University has always provided a place for reflection, exploration, and commitment to high purpose. Students and faculty from every part of the world and every imaginable cultural background come together to find the future in a setting rich in American and Jesuit tradition. Our schools promote research and introduce students to the range of human endeavors that can enable us to build a more prosperous and more understanding world for all.
The provost of a great university is often a conductor: sometimes, like an orchestra conductor, bringing harmony and melody out of the myriad voices of the place; sometimes, like a bus conductor, helping people get to the right place at the right time to go about their business; and sometimes, like an electrical conductor, making sure that the extraordinary energy that enters the institution flows freely and is put to the most effective use. The harmony, movement, and energy of Georgetown are all impressive and will enrich all those who come within our gates and all those around the world whom we touch in various ways.