If you’re being audited by the IRS, columnist Dave Barry once advised his readers, say you’re a provost—not even the IRS knows what provosts do, so the auditor can’t challenge any of your claimed deductions. In fact, when I served as a provost, the most common reaction when I was introduced to unsuspecting members of the public was the immediate question, some version of “What is it that provosts do?”
"Chief Academic Officers and Institutional Change: The Example of Community Engagement,"
Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University: Vol. 2:
1, Article 2.
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