Provost & Dean of the College

Dean Ann Velenchik and Provost Andy Shennan

The Provost and Dean of the College is Wellesley's Chief Academic Officer.

The Office of the Provost oversees all the academic programs of the College as well as the College's libraries and technology services, and budgetary and strategic planning. Provost Andrew Shennan and Dean of Academic Affairs Ann Velenchik work together as a team, with each also having clearly delineated primary responsibilities.

Provost's and Dean's Roles

The provost has overall responsibility for all aspects of academic life at Wellesley. The responsibilities of the Office of the Provost are distributed among the provost and the dean.

A complete list of the committees and departments each oversees, as well as their direct reports, can be found here.

Priorities and achievements of the Office of the Provost include:

  • Implementing a campus renovation plan to support teaching in the 21st century
  • Strengthening interdepartmental and interdisciplinary work
  • Supporting faculty research and innovative teaching in a time of constrained resources


Andrew Shennan
Provost and Lia Gelin Poorvu ’56 Dean of the College, and Professor of History

Professor Shennan served as Associate Dean of the College from 1999 to 2004, and Dean of the College from 2004 to 2009. In January 2010 he was appointed to the newly created post of Provost.  More >>


Ann Velenchik
Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Economics

Ann Velenchik joined the Wellesley College faculty in 1989, and joined the Provost’s office in 2015   More >>



Megan Núñez
Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of Chemistry

Megan Núñez is Dean of Faculty Affairs and the Nan Walsh Schow ’54 and Howard Schow Professor in the Physical and Natural Sciences.   More >>