Francis J. Doyle III was named the university’s 14th provost by President Christina Paxson P’19 in an email sent to the Brown community on Thursday. Doyle will start at Brown on July 1, 2023.
Doyle comes to Brown from Harvard, where he currently serves as dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prior to arriving at Harvard in 2015, Doyle served as associate dean for research at the University of California at Santa Barbara College of Engineering. At Harvard SEAS, Doyle oversaw the school’s finances as well as its “research and educational mission” during a period of rapid growth in the school’s undergraduate engineering program, according to a Thursday press release from Brown. Doyle has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Larry Larsen, professor of engineering and interim provost, will continue to fill the position until Doyle takes office next July. Last August, current Provost Richard Locke P’18 announced he would be leaving the university at the end of 2022 to become vice president and dean of Apple University, the technology company’s corporate university.
In the press release, Doyle described his new position as “an incredible opportunity to lead the academic and research enterprise of a world-class university through a period of ambitious expansion”.
“It resonates strongly with my intrinsic character as an entrepreneur and as someone with a growth mindset who thrives in an environment of dynamic change,” he continued.
At Brown, Doyle will be responsible for “strengthening academic excellence” and working with senior deans, faculty and other administrative colleagues across the university to advance Brown’s commitment to the liberal arts and a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to education and research. Will work together. his email.
According to the press release, one factor that attracted Doyle to Brown was the university’s operational plan for investing in research. Announced on October 24, OPIR aims to double internal research funding at the university within the next seven years, The Herald previously reported.
Doyle’s appointment concludes a nationwide search for the next Provost announced on 6 September. The search process included a student hearing session with Paxson, who chaired the search committee, and other committee members.
“I am excited to bring Frank’s perspective and experience to my role as provost,” Paxson wrote in his email.
Neil Mehta is a designer and senior staff writer at The Herald covering the diversity beat. He is a second year from New York studying Public Health.