Provost Steve Goldstein ’78 will leave the University after this academic year and will facilitate in the hiring of a new provost. Goldstein will have served about four years at the University upon his departure. 

The announcement was released in a June 30 email from University President Frederick Lawrence to faculty and staff. 

“[Goldstein] has agreed to serve Brandeis for one additional year to facilitate the search for his replacement and a smooth administrative transition,” Lawrence wrote in the email. “A search process for a new provost will proceed expeditiously to facilitate this transition.” Lawrence explained that he would share details regarding the search process as soon as they are finalized.

Although Goldstein wrote in an email to the Justice that he wishes to return to a career in academic medicine, he wrote that he cannot share specifics at this time, noting that it would not “be appropriate as I am fully dedicated to helping Brandeis manage a smooth transition in the Office of the Provost.”

Lawrence noted Goldstein’s leadership in the strategic planning process, institutional budgets and planning and his introduction of “a mission-based budgeting process that has reduced Brandeis’ annual operating deficit while increasing investment in deferred maintenance of the campus and strategic priorities,” according to Lawrence’s email. 

“I am proud of the redesign of our budgeting process, which will have a long-term impact on the university,” Goldstein wrote. “We have increased investment steadily now over three years in the faculty, the residence halls, the library, new technology, new programs, new classrooms, and energy efficiency—and that is just the beginning of a ten year plan!”

According to Lawrence, the University launched seven new graduate programs, five new undergraduate-to-graduate dual degree programs and has doubled bachelor’s to master’s degrees slots under Goldstein’s leadership. 

Goldstein also made several faculty, directorship and administrative hires during his time as provost, including key hires like Dean of Arts and Sciences Susan Birren and Director of the Rose Art Museum Christopher Bedford. 

“In many ways, I am sad to leave, but also very proud of what we have accomplished together during my time at Brandeis,” Goldstein wrote. “I returned to give back to a university that gave me so much as a young man. Once again, I have been the beneficiary.”