Office of the Provost


About the Provost

John Ramsay, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and received his Ph.D. in educational studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1984-89 he was the chair and director of the teacher education program at Dickinson College. He taught at Carleton College from 1989-2009, and served as an associate dean at Carleton from 2004-07.

During his tenure as associate dean, Ramsay coordinated the college's efforts to recruit and retain a talented and diverse faculty. He worked on the renewal of major institutional grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His own teaching and scholarship were supported by grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council on Education and the American Council of Learned Societies.

In his capacity as Provost, Ramsay will manage all fiscal and personnel aspects of the academic program, overseeing all academic department heads. The Provost also oversees the deans of academic life, international programs, and the Wescoe School; the registrar’s office, the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, the Martin Art Gallery, the Entrepreneurship Institute, the Center for Ethics and the RJ Fellowship Program.

Ramsay and his wife Michele have three sons. Nicholas at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Jacob '12 and Luke '14 both at Muhlenberg.