Alan Brinkley; Photo - ColumbiaColumbia Univsersity's next provost is history professor Alan Brinkley. Times coverage includes this: "He said yesterday that he was completely surprised when Mr. Bollinger suggested he become provost during a dinner a few weeks ago at Shun Lee, a restaurant on the Upper West Side."

Alan Brinkley's homepage. His dad is David Brinkley, journalist.

Professor Brinkley, you need to stop the hemorrhaging of the English Department. Provost Cole tried, but it's out of control.