Welcome to the Office of the Provost

The Provost also serves as the Vice President for Academic & Student Life. The purpose of the Office of the Provost is to provide supportive leadership of CWU's academic and student life programs. We strive to uphold and fulfill the CWU core themes of teaching and learning, inclusiveness and diversity, scholarship and creative expression, public service and community engagement, and resource development and stewardship.

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Michelle DenBeste, Ph.D.

Meet the Provost

Dr. Michelle DenBeste is the Provost/Vice President for Academic & Student Life (ASL) at Central Washington University. A strong proponent for communication and transparency, she continues to provide collaborative leadership skills to strengthen and enable faculty, staff, and students to "Learn. Do. Live." as Central moves forward into a post-pandemic community.

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Mount Stuart and Kittitas Valley

Academic & Student Life Division Information

The Provost is responsible to the President for the operation of the Academic & Student Life (ASL) division of the University, which makes up around 65% of the institution and includes the following nine direct reports.

Please explore each of these websites and resources, as they will provide you with valuable information about the CWU experience, and what makes Central such a special place. You will learn about exeptional faculty and staff, exciting academic programs, numerous learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, and many ways to make your time at CWU most meaningful to you.

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Poppies and Brick Building

Provost's Open Office Hours

Need to speak with the Provost? The Provost’s quarterly office hours are available to faculty, staff, and students.

The dates, times, and locations below are subject to change. Please check back for updates to the schedule. Thank you.

Spring 2022 Open Office Hours will be held on Tuesday, May 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Barge 302.

If you would like to schedule an individual meeting at a different time, please contact Carol Faltus (