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Meet the Provost

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and is required to plan, coordinate and improve all the various academic programs offered by the University. Additionally, the Provost is the guarantor of quality to the Chancellor at the “handshake moment” when the student graduates and is awarded the degree that they have earned.  The Provost acts on behalf of the Chancellor in his absence.

Dr. Donovan was born near Edinburgh Scotland and received his formal education in Britain, graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a Ph.D.  Subsequently, he was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University.  In 1986 he accepted the Charles B. Moncrief Chair of Geology at Texas Christian University.  In 2004 he became Provost and Academic Vice Chancellor of the University.  He serves as the Chair of the University Council and meets regularly with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.

His  teaching interests include field geology, sedimentary rocks, structure, global tectonics, basin analysis and general geology.  From 1992 until 2011 he taught the “TCU in Scotland” summer program. His principal research interests are the rocks of northern Scotland and Southern Oklahoma.  He has authored/co-authored over 100  publications and supervised over 30 theses.  He is currently, along with his colleagues, working on ‘Next Steps’ from the VIA: Lead On.

Dr. Donovan serves on the board of directors of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the Fort Worth Opera.  He is a member of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education and participates in the Aspen Symposium each year.

Dr. Donovan says that the best thing he ever did was to marry a Texan – this has been the greatest research project of all – and she has had to teach him a lot about colonial life styles. He and Jeanne have two daughters, both Horned Frogs, Erin and Corrie.