Provost Alan M. Garber serves as Harvard University’s chief academic officer. He is also the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. An economist and physician, he studies methods for improving health care productivity and health care financing.
As Provost, Dr. Garber oversees academic activities throughout the university, with direct responsibility for inter-school initiatives, faculty development, research policy, international affairs, and advances in learning. The Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard Library, Harvard University Health Services, HarvardX, the American Repertory Theater, and the Arnold Arboretum are among the organizations reporting to the Provost.
Before becoming Provost at Harvard in 2011, Dr. Garber was the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor and a Professor of Medicine, as well as a Professor of Economics, Health Research and Policy, and Economics in the Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) at Stanford University. At Stanford, he founded and directed the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and served as a Staff Physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
Dr. Garber is an Elected Member of the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Garber received a PhD in Economics from Harvard and an MD with research honors from Stanford.
Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration
Bharat N. Anand is the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning at Harvard University and the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. As Vice Provost, Professor Anand leads Harvard University's strategic efforts around teaching and learning, and in leveraging technology to create more effective teaching tools, strategies, and resources for residential and online teaching. He was part of the leadership team that helped the University transition to remote teaching in 2020, and he currently chairs Harvard's Future of Teaching and Learning Task Force.
Professor Anand is an expert in digital strategy, digital marketing, and corporate strategy. His work has examined competition in content industries, focusing on two central challenges that firms increasingly face: getting noticed and getting paid. He created Harvard Business School’s first executive program on digital strategies for media companies. He has written over fifty articles and case studies, and his scholarly work has received various awards. His work on digital transformation has influenced startups and established companies worldwide. His recent book, The Content Trap: A Strategist's Guide to Digital Change, has received acclaim for its perspective on strategy and digital transformation. It was named as one of Fast Company’s top ten business books of 2016, and Bloomberg’s “Best Books of 2017.”
Professor Anand is a renowned teacher and educational innovator, and a two‐time winner of the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Business School. In 2014, he helped create the digital learning platforms for Harvard Business School Online (HBSO), created one of its first online courses, and served as HBSO’s first faculty chair and Senior Associate Dean. HBSO’s virtual classroom HBX Live has been described by Fortune as the “Classroom of the Future.” He has served as faculty head of the required Strategy course in the MBA program at Harvard Business School, and as faculty co-founder of various programs and initiatives at HBS and Harvard, including HBS’ first executive program on digital strategies for media companies, HBS’ interdisciplinary research initiative on digital issues, and the HBS-IQSS Future of Media initiative.
Professor Anand received his B.A. in economics from Harvard College magna cum laude, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University. He is a recipient of the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School. Professor Anand lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife, Anju, and their daughter, Rhea.
Bank is the Assistant Provost and Chief of Staff. He manages the daily and long-term activities of the Provost’s Office, advances the Provost’s agenda and priorities, and facilitates coordination and communication among the University’s senior administrators. He previously served as lead staff to the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging and held roles in the Harvard College Program in General Education and FAS Development. Prior to Harvard, Bank worked for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education and as an admissions officer at UCLA, his alma mater. He holds a Ed.M. in Higher Education from Harvard and a B.A.S. in Mathematics/Economics and Psychology from UCLA.
Vice Provost for International Affairs Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History
Mark Elliott is Vice Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University and the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and in the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
As Vice Provost, Elliott oversees and works to advance international academic initiatives, extending the global reach of Harvard’s research and teaching activities. In this capacity, Elliott serves as the University’s representative in negotiating agreements with foreign governments, receiving senior-level international delegations, and representing Harvard to peer institutions and alumni worldwide. In addition, he shares responsibility for supporting the community of international students, scholars, and faculty in Cambridge and Boston, as well as for guiding Harvard’s overall global strategy and sustaining its ongoing development as a global university.
Elliott is an authority on the last four centuries of Chinese history, in particular the Qing period (1636-1911). His research encompasses the history of relations between China and its nomadic frontier, with special attention to questions of ethnicity and empire. His first book, The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China, is a pioneering study in the “New Qing History,” an approach emphasizing the imprint of Inner Asian traditions upon China’s last imperial state. He is also the author of Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World, and has published more than twenty-five scholarly articles. He serves on numerous editorial boards, and was for three years the director of the Fairbank Center of Chinese Studies.
A graduate of Yale (BA 1981 summa cum laude, MA 1984), Elliott earned his PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at the University of Michigan before coming to Harvard in 2003. He can be found on Twitter at @Mark_C_Elliott.
Robin Glover is the University's first Associate Provost for Student Affairs. In this new role, Robin serves as the lead person in the Provost’s Office on matters involving student affairs, promoting and facilitating coordination and information sharing among our Schools that will lead to better support for our diverse student body. She partners with colleagues on the Council of Deans of Students to assess student needs and develop strategies for addressing issues that impact students across the University. Along with Harvard University Health Services, she will play a key role in promoting student mental health and well-being, including the implementation of recommendations from the Task Force on Managing Student Mental Health. She also works closely with the Office for Labor and Employee Relations to oversee the University collective bargaining agreement with the Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Auto Workers.
Robin previously served as Associate Dean for Student Services at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She directed a portfolio of student services including admissions, financial aid, the registrar’s office, career services, and student affairs. Among her many accomplishments, she was instrumental in forming working groups to address student requests.
Before joining Harvard in 2019, Robin spent 22 years at Tufts in progressively more responsible roles, most recently as Associate Dean of the Tufts School of Medicine’s Office of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs. She is a graduate of Northeastern University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and MBA.
Lori E. Gross has been Associate Provost for Arts and Culture at Harvard University since July 2008 focusing on the university-wide arts agenda. In this role, she works with the Harvard Art Museums, the American Repertory Theater, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Harvard University Press, Villa I Tatti, and the Arnold Arboretum, on issues ranging from day-to-day operational matters to strategic planning. She works with the Office for the Arts, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Harvard University Native American Program, the Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Division of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts Sciences on cross-university issues and initiatives involving the arts and humanities. Gross is a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Theater, the Film Study Center Advisory Committee, and the Executive Board of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.
Gross previously served as Director of Arts Initiatives and Advisor to the Associate Provost for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where her principal responsibilities included strategic planning, communications policy and implementation, resource development, and facilities planning. Prior to her career in academia, Gross held a variety of posts in museums at a number of institutions internationally, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Canadian Center for Architecture and worked with numerous cultural institutions in Spain. As the Founding Director of the Museum Loan Network (MLN) from its establishment in 1995 through 2007 she facilitated the long-term loan of objects of cultural heritage and encouraged interdisciplinary collaborations among U.S. institutions enabling them to better serve their communities.
Senior Associate Provost, Chief Technology Development Officer
Mr. Kohlberg, formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Tel Aviv University Economic Corporation and CEO of its technology transfer organization, oversees the development of new inventions and technologies arising from research at Harvard. The Office of Technology Development (OTD) elicits and evaluates new inventions and discoveries made by the faculty, and determines whether to pursue patent protection on behalf of the University. In keeping with Harvard's mission to serve the public good, OTD strives to make these new technologies widely available to society by transferring them to industry for development and real world application. Companies seek to acquire rights to promising new inventions made at Harvard in order to develop them into new products, such as biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and advanced research materials which, it is hoped, will one day be available on the market, thereby contributing to society through the advancement of science, medicine and industry. Licenses include a financial consideration for the University which, in turn, helps support the expense of patenting future inventions, as well as of ongoing research and academic endeavors at Harvard. Thus, OTD serves to protect new discoveries made by Harvards research enterprise while simultaneously helping to make additional research possible, often resulting in direct or indirect benefit to the public at large.
Peggy Newell joined the Office of the Provost in November of 2012 as Deputy Provost. She is responsible for strategic and tactical planning and management of all provostial activities, as well as advising the Provost on a wide array of administrative matters requiring executive decision-making. Initially, she will focus on supporting the campaign and planning for the Science and Engineering complex in Allston, with the goal of effectively planning, communicating, and implementing these important initiatives in ways that best serve the University. Prior to coming to Harvard, Peggy held a variety of positions over a thirty year career at Tufts University, most recently serving as Provost ad interim, Vice Provost, and Associate Provost for Research. Prior to joining the Provost's Office at Tufts, she was Associate Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Special Programs at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity James Bryant Conant Professor of Education
Professor Singer, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education at Harvard University, was named Harvard’s Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity in July 2008. Working closely with the President and Provost, she is responsible for faculty development and diversity across the University, addressing the need for more systematic review and analysis of appointments, with an eye to ensuring greater excellence and diversity in faculty ranks. She serves as a key adviser in the ad hoc tenure process, chairs the Provost’s Review Committee on Faculty Appointments, and oversees the administration of funds designated to facilitate the appointment of outstanding scholars who increase the faculty’s diversity. Working closely with colleagues across the University, Singer oversees and guides institutional policies and transformation in all areas of faculty affairs, providing intellectual leadership and coordination across the Schools with the twin goals of increasing accountability and fostering measureable progress in important domains.
An internationally renowned statistician, Singer has written nearly 100 papers and three books primarily focused on the practice of multilevel modeling, survival analysis, and individual growth modeling in a broad array of disciplines including statistics, education, psychology, medicine, and public health. Singer has received numerous honors for her work, including a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and election to the National Academy of Education. Singer received her B.A. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1976. She has been at Harvard ever since, receiving her Ph.D. in Statistics in 1983. In 1984, she began her academic career as an Assistant Professor of Education and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 1993. She was named the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education in 2001. From 1999 to 2004 Singer served as academic dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and acting dean from 2001 to 2002. For further information, you may visit Professor Singer's faculty website.
Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy
James H. Stock is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research areas are empirical macroeconomics, monetary policy, econometric methods, and energy and environmental policy. He has substantial experience in the field of energy and environmental policy and is a key figure in the University’s climate and sustainability efforts.
As Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Jim leads the development of a coordinated University-wide strategy to address climate change, bringing greater focus, clarity, and visibility to Harvard’s extraordinary breadth of work on climate and sustainability. Partnering with faculty, researchers, students, and staff around the University, Jim marshals and amplifies our efforts to bridge disciplines and tackle the cross-cutting challenges presented by climate change.
He received a M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Co-Editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and is a coauthor of a leading introductory econometrics textbook and is a member of various professional boards. He previously served as Managing Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics from 1992-2003, as Chair of the Harvard Economics Department from 2007-2009, as Co-Editor of Econometrica from 2009-2012, and as Member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014.
Interim Vice Provost for Research Chief Research Compliance Officer
Ara Tahmassian, Ph.D., is currently the Interim Vice Provost for Research and Harvard University’s Chief Research Compliance Officer. In this role he is broadly responsible for the overall effort to manage potential risks at the University by integrating and coordinating the significant compliance requirements across the University. He is responsible for the oversight of the review, development, and implementation of policies related to research compliance activities across the University and management of University-wide Institutional Committees. He is also the Project Director for a Department of State Funded program for “Building University Capacity in Responsible Science for Broader Middle East and North Africa.”
Prior to Harvard University, Dr. Tahmassian was the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance at Boston University and Boston Medical Center, where he also served as the Principal Investigator for the core BSL-3 select agent laboratory and as one of the Associate Directors of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at the BU Medical Campus.
He also served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at University of California San Francisco in until his retirement in October 2006.
He has extensive experience in research compliance topics including Institutional Review Board; Environmental Health and Safety; Institutional Biosafety, Radiation Safety and Laboratory Safety; Dual User Research of Concern (DURC) oversight; Research Occupational Health Program; Animal Care and Use Programs; Financial Conflict of Interest; Responsible Conduct of Research and Sponsored Research Programs.
Dr. Tahmassian holds a B.Sc. in nuclear engineering and a Ph.D. in radiobiology from Queen Mary College, London University, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Sciences in Nuclear Medicine. He serves on a number of national and international scientific and professional organizations.
Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Martha Whitehead is Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In these roles, Martha leads a library network made up of more than 25 separate libraries and employing more than 700 staff. Martha joined Harvard University in June 2019 from Queen’s University, where she served most recently as Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian. She was appointed University Librarian in 2012. Prior to joining Queen’s University as Associate University Librarian in 2004, Martha held various positions at the University of British Columbia Library for 19 years, including head of its information services division from 1997 to 2004. Martha holds a BA in English and an MLS from the University of British Columbia.
As a library leader, Martha has worked to ensure that research libraries are deeply embedded in their teaching, learning and research communities, and that they are deeply engaged in developing an open, sustainable, global knowledge commons for the benefit of those communities and society as a whole. Martha has a long history of service, with active engagement in regional, national and international initiatives to advance digital research infrastructure and open scholarly communications. She has served as president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and chair of numerous groups: Canada’s National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) Steering Committee, CARL’s Policy Committee, CARL’s Open Repositories Working Group, the Executive Committee of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, and the Executive Committee of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. She recently served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure and as a member of the Programs and Quality Committee of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Martha played a lead role in the development of Portage, a research data management network launched in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries in collaboration with other research stakeholders. In 2019, Martha was awarded the CARL Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship Award.
M. William Lensch, Ph.D., is Associate Provost for Research. In this role, he works closely with the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) to support Harvard’s rich and complex, investigator-driven enterprise. His experience in research, education, administration, science policy, intellectual property, consulting and outreach combine in support of scientific discovery. He oversees a variety of strategic initiatives and develops key relationships – both within and beyond Harvard – to advance this research agenda including the many Interfaculty Initiatives (IFI) and cross-school curricular programs.
Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Lensch was Strategic Advisor to the Dean of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Consortium on Pandemic Readiness (MassCPR), an HMS-led, multi-institutional response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. He has additionally served the Harvard community as Chief of Staff to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Executive Director of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (SCRB), Faculty Director of Education for the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), and as Instructor in Pediatrics at HMS/Boston Children’s Hospital.
He has contributed to more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, book chapters and policy recommendations, and presented over 200 lectures, medical grand rounds, interviews and panel discussions.
Dr. Lensch earned his B.S. in Biology from Utah State University and his Ph.D. in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he studied pediatric bone marrow failure, the onset of myeloid leukemia and rare diseases of the blood. His post-doctoral work at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Career-Development Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital used various types of human cells and tissue as platforms for understanding the genetics, development and diseases of the blood-forming system.