Meet the Provost
Allan T. Weatherwax, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Allan T. Weatherwax became provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Merrimack in January 2017.
As the college’s chief academic officer, he is responsible for planning, implementing and managing Merrimack’s academic policies as well as for oversight of the college’s academic expense budget.
The provost is also responsible for advising the president on all major matters of resource allocation within the academic areas of the college, including hiring of new and replacement positions within the faculty; decisions regarding sabbaticals; tenure and promotion; construction and other capital projects; and space allocation.
From July 2015 through 2016, Weatherwax was dean of the School of Science and Engineering and professor of physics at Merrimack. Prior to that, he was dean of the School of Science and professor of physics at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.
Weatherwax is an internationally recognized teaching-scholar who has spent two decades contributing to fundamental research in space plasma physics, geophysics and space weather. He has conducted research in the polar-regions since the 1990s, and has served as principal investigator on numerous NSF and NASA grants totaling nearly $10 million.
Weatherwax serves/served on numerous national and international committees, including the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of more than 100 engineering and science papers, many with undergraduate student co-authors.
The Weatherwax Glacier in Antarctica is named in his honor to recognize his research efforts on that continent. Weatherwax holds a doctorate in physics from Dartmouth.