Thomas Noel Mitchell

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Provost Tom Mitchel announcing new scholars and fellows on Trinity Monday 1994 in Trinity College Dublin.

Thomas Noel Mitchell is an Irish academic and university administrator who served as 42nd provost (president) of Trinity College, Dublin from 1991 to 2001.


Mitchell, a native of Mayo, Ireland, was born in Castlebar on 7 December 1939 to Patrick Mitchell and Margaret Mitchell. He graduated with first class honours with a B.A. and M.A. in Latin and Greek from University College Galway. He earned a doctorate from Cornell University and a Litt.D. from Trinity College Dublin.[1][2][3] He started his academic career as instructor at Cornell University from 1965 to 1966. He joined the faculty of Swarthmore College in 1966, first as assistant professor (1966-1973), then associate professor (1973-1978), and full professor (1978-1979). He returned to the Republic of Ireland as Professor of Latin at Trinity College Dublin in 1979. His work on Cicero and Roman Republicanism has won him wide acclaim and has been described as a monumental in the field.

He served as Director of Hibernia College in Dublin, and was the former Chairman of the boards of St. James’s Hospital and the Ireland National Children's Trust. He was on the Irish Council for Science, Engineering and Technology. He also served as Director of the Trinity Foundation. In 1991, he was the first catholic elected as Provost of Trinity College Dublin, since Micheál Ó Mordha(Michael Moore) provost from 1689-1690.

He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society, and is a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St. John's College, Cambridge. He holds honorary doctorates from numerous universities, including the Queen's University, Belfast, National University of Ireland, Swarthmore College, Charles University in Prague, the State University of New York, and Victoria University, Melbourne.


  1. ^ "Trinity College Dublin Provost & President".
  2. ^ "Atlantic Philanthropies Board and Staff".
  3. ^ "The International Who's Who 2004 pp.1150".

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William Arthur Watts
Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Succeeded by
John Hegarty