Provost and Dean of the College

The Provost and Dean of the College is Allegheny’s chief academic officer, who works closely with the faculty and the president to help shape and manage the academic program. Allegheny’s deans are responsible for academic affairs, curriculum and faculty recruitment.

Dr. Ron Cole

Ron ColeAn Allegheny College graduate, Ron joined the College’s faculty in 1994 and was appointed provost and dean of the College in 2015.

He earned his M.S. and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. As chief academic officer, Ron works closely with the faculty, the chief operating officer, and the president to help shape and manage the academic program and strategic initiatives of the College. Allegheny’s deans are responsible for the academic mission including curriculum, student experiences through the Allegheny Gateway, faculty recruitment, and faculty development. Ron has held leadership positions throughout his time at Allegheny, including as chair of the College’s Finance and Facilities Committee and the Department of Geology. In addition, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as moderator for faculty meetings. He was also elected to and chaired both the College’s Faculty Review Committee, which makes recommendations to the president regarding promotion and tenure, and Faculty Council, which advises the president and provost in the development of general College policies. He has also served as a member of the College’s Diversity Task Force. Ron has maintained an active student-focused research program at Allegheny with funding from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the American Chemical Society. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching.


The most effective way to contact the provost is through Samantha Stephens, assistant to the provost, at (814) 332-3393. The Provost’s office is located on the first floor of Bentley Hall.