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Vice Provosts


Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


Brian Payne, Ph.D.

The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs is responsible for overseeing program development, program review, academic student support initiatives, undergraduate studies, the Center for High Impact Practices, the Honor's College, the Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, the School of Continuing Education, and the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Strategic Initiatives

Katherine "Kate" Hawkins, Ph.D.

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives is responsible for overseeing the administration of faculty appointments; policies and procedures; orientation and mentoring programs for faculty, chairs, and deans; international programs; teaching awards and faculty recognition programs; and other strategic initiatives within the Division of Academic Affairs.



Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School


Robert Wojtowicz, Ph.D.

The Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School is responsible for providing leadership and promoting a culture of excellence in graduate education across all six of the University's colleges; serving as a resource for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate faculty and administrators; and administering two interdisciplinary degree programs: Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, M.S. in Data Science and Analytics. The Barry Art Museum reports to the Graduate School.


Associate Vice Presidents


Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


Nina Gonser, MBA

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for providing financial management services and compliance in areas of human resources, budgeting, contract administration, space and capital planning, resource allocation and management studies integrating performance and financial data. The Associate Vice President serves as the principal liaison to the provost, deans, vice provosts, university administrators, and the research foundation on academic budgets, financial planning and data management initiatives.