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PROVOST. A title given to the chief of some corporations or societies. In France, this title was formerly given to some presiding judges. The word is derived from the Latin praepositus.

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But Mr Stephen, Lib Dem Lord Provost of Aberdeen, one of four ceremonial figures in Scotland's largest cities, last night defended his claims, which were within his pounds 4,000-a-year allowance.
A FOOTBALL-MAD Lord Provost who claimed expenses for a trip to buy a kilt in his team's tartan has told his critics he has "f*** all" to answer for.
Midlothian Lord Provost Adam Montgomery put in an pounds 890 claim for the Kilmarnock FC kilt - and the pounds 60 cost of a 150-mile round trip to the Ayrshire town to buy it.
Lester Monts, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs and senior counselor to the president on the arts, diversity, and undergraduate affairs at the University of Michigan, believes diversity initiatives should be woven into a school's basic fabric.
People always saw the work of diversity as temporary, and that just hasn't happened," says the vice president for Minority Affairs and vice provost for diversity at the University of Washington.
Edinburgh Provost Lesley Hinds has written to the Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks telling him she won't go to a synagogue.
But critics of the Labour Provost say she is happy to go to Muslim events where women are treated similarly.
Provost Petty said: "Give or take a day, and with apologies to Lady Jane Grey (who 'reigned' briefly in Tudor times), I will be the nine-days dean.
Antoine Garibaldi, provost and chief academic officer and professor of education at Howard University in Washington, D.
Glasgow's Lord Provost Liz Cameron and her entourage even managed to spend nearly pounds 12,000 on a trip to Sri Lanka - to see how aid money raised in the city was being spent.
We're changing our name to Provost Systems to better reflect the educational capabilities of our products," said Anthony Kim, CEO and president, of Provost Systems.
The row began after the Provost was asked to take a seat at the side of the congregation during a Jewish ceremony because she wasn't allowed to sit with the men.