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Dr. Thomas Burns
What attracted me to Belmont is our commitment to an education that helps students develop, not just their academic selves, but, their whole selves. I want to be a part of that by fostering an environment of inquiry, discussion, engagement, and compassion—ideals that I already find a commitment to across the Belmont campus.

It is a privilege to be a part of such a strong student-centered institution and an overwhelmingly positive, supportive academic community like Belmont. I am particularly excited about the university’s dedication to preparing students to be active, confident participants in our society.

-- Dr. Thomas Burns, Provost, e-mail


According to Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher, “The provost position has been one of the key factors in Belmont’s success. I have no doubt that in this role Thomas Burns will continue to create one of the most amazing stories in higher education.”

Dr. Burns graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Chemistry from Dickinson College in 1991 and completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1998. He taught in the chemistry and physics department at Florida Southern College for four years, winning two teaching awards and being named department chair in 1999.

Dr. Thomas BurnsFor six years Dr. Burns served as the assistant dean for academic affairs for the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where, among other things, he oversaw the Fulbright program and participated in the creation, implementation and interpretation of the policies for the graduate school.

Since 2006, Dr. Burns has served as associate provost for academic administration at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where in cooperation with the provost he was responsible for the division of academic affairs, including the general education program, the First Year Experience, global education and community and academic partnerships among other duties.

Reporting to the provost are the deans for the colleges of arts and sciences, business, entertainment and music business, visual and performing arts, health sciences and nursing, university college and the schools of religion and pharmacy as well as the associate provosts for enrollment services and student affairs, and all academic support units.