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Building on success

A bright future

I enjoy playing an important role in the leadership team of a thriving university that is growing not just in student numbers but in global significance, meaningful learning and research reputation.

Past achievement

My greatest strengths and successes have centered on continuous improvement, helping faculty members reach their  full potential, campus internationalization and ensuring premium research support. 

Work History


Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Athens State University

Reporting directly to the President, I am in  fifteenth year of full-time commitment to Academic Affairs, currently serving as Provost and tenured Professor at Athens State University, the premier destination for transfer students seeking the highest quality education and cutting-edge learning at the most affordable cost. As Alabama’s upper-division university and building on a tradition that began in 1822 (making it the state's oldest institution of higher learning), Athens State is a catalyst for positive change in the lives of its 3000 students, the City of Athens, Limestone County, the State of Alabama, and the Southeast.


Higher education accreditation, assessment, continuous improvement, distance learning, donor/ visiting board relations, enrollment management, faculty development, faculty relations, graduate studies, grant writing and sponsored programs administration, international education, program development, strategic planning, university governance, visioning processes


In twenty years of full-time college administration (from private, liberal arts to public, research-oriented, flagship universities) with increasing responsibility, I have displayed an unequivocal commitment to excellence in student learning, knowledge formation, professional preparation and civic engagement, including the following accomplishments:

  • Played a key role in growing, sustaining and overseeing formal frameworks in which scholarly, creative and professional programs developed and thrived in line with societal and global demands and educational innovations, including campus internationalization
  • Led Offices of Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management/ Student Affairs (cabinet position reporting directly to the university president with over 85 reports in 17 areas of support) and Graduate Studies 
  • Led shaping of university's mission; helped generate and employ budget-linked strategic plan; and headed initiatives to ensure continuous improvement of institutional effectiveness, improve student retention to graduation and provide meaningful outreach for life-long learning in the broader community
  • Managed extensive portfolio including admissions, advisement, campus safety, career services, counseling and testing services, disability support, financial aid, first-year programs and orientation, health services, judicial affairs, recreational sports, registration and records, residential life services, student life programs and supplemental academic support services
  • Worked with K-12, two-year and four-year higher education partners statewide to encourage collaboration and coordination of planning, efforts and resources and promote stronger, more confident investment in education
  • Managed annual portfolio budgets exceeding $10 million, generated revenue policy for university budget of over $100 million and determined space and resource allocation in a complex, multi-campus institutional setting
  • Served as representative and liaison to Boards of Trustees
  • Enjoyed extensive development experience: successful grants training, grant writing and co-chairing of faculty capital giving drive (175% increase in sponsored grants funded over five years; $25 million capital campaign)
  • Provided campus-wide coordination, planning and policy oversight through leadership in academic council, administrative council, committee to support success of athletes, deans’ council, graduate council, president’s cabinet, strategic planning committee and visioning subcommittee
  • Coordinated hiring supervision of faculty, staff and administrators with a commitment to confidentiality, consultation, diversity, shared governance and transparency
  • Taught at the university level for over twenty years
  • Maintained an active research agenda in Caribbean studies, faculty dynamics, Holocaust studies, indigenous studies, Irish studies, post-colonial studies, Renaissance studies and research integrity/ ethics 

    Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate Studies (Formerly Associate VP, Academic Affairs)

    Jacksonville State University

    Supervised and coordinated all aspects of graduate education within the university and worked with all graduate programs to implement policies that support the recruitment and academic achievement of graduate students

    Led Graduate Council and its committees on policies, procedures and curriculum toward continuing improvement and innovation of graduate programs

    Worked with state and national committees and associations involved with graduate studies

    Exercised final authority to approve all theses and dissertations submitted for graduate degrees

    Coordinated a network of departmental/program Graduate Program Directors to advise the Dean's Office on graduate affairs

    Coordinated the university’s participation in program review of academic programs with graduate program components

    Worked to create, foster, enrich and increase opportunities for graduate research on campus

    Aug 1985Aug 1993

    Associate Instructor for Dutch and German

    Aug 1984Aug 1985

    Teaching Assistant for German