The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer.  She enacts the mission of her Office by overseeing the academic affairs division. This includes the faculty, the curriculum and all the various academic affairs offices. The Provost works collaboratively within and outside academic affairs to promote, enrich and support a student-centered liberal arts experience based on an innovative and integrative education.

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Renée T. White, Provost

Provost Renée T. White

Renée White, a distinguished administrator as well as a scholar on race, gender and social inequality, has served as Provost of Wheaton College since July 2016. 

White served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons College in Boston from 2011-2016. As Dean, White led the development of new programs, re-envisioned key aspects of the undergraduate curriculum, promoted interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and championed student and faculty scholarship.

Before Simmons, she served as a professor of sociology and black studies and as academic coordinator for diversity and global citizenship at Fairfield University. She started her academic career at Purdue University, where she held a joint appointment in the department of sociology and the African American Studies Research Center.

White is the editor of three books, including the acclaimed Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions, and author of Putting Risk in Perspective: Black Teenage Lives in the Era of AIDS. She has served as editor of the Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth and as editorial advisor to the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. White also was a WYE Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute and completed a National Endowment for the Humanities summer Fellowship in Black film studies. Her current research is in three areas: the impact of public discourse on social policy concerning reproductive rights, representations of blackness in popular culture, and applications of black feminist theory to higher education leadership.

White holds an AB with honors from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was awarded a Mellon Foundation doctoral fellowship. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education. She also serves on the Vision 2020 National Leadership Circle, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Chief Academic Officers Task Force, and on the Advisory Committee for the MPH program at Simmons University. 

Office of the Provost
26 East Main Street
Park Hall
Wheaton College
Norton, MA 02766-2322
Telephone: 508-286-8212