Office of the Provost Restructures

Posted: September 12, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

The Office of the Provost underwent restructuring at the beginning of this semester. Following are some of the noteworthy changes that have taken place.

Rick Davis, artistic director for the Center for the Arts (CFA) and former associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, accepted the position of associate provost for undergraduate education.

“Through the internal search, a number of great candidates surfaced,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “We very much liked [Davis’] energy and imagination, as well as his devotion to the basic purposes of undergraduate education.”

Davis’ new responsibilities focus extensively on issues surrounding general education and other various undergraduate initiatives. He also handles student academic appeals. In addition to his new role, Davis will continue as the artistic director for the CFA.

Renate Guilford, former director of enrollment planning and summer term, was promoted to assistant provost for enrollment planning and administration. In addition to enrollment planning, Guilford oversees personnel issues, the academic budget and space planning.

Cathy Evans, former associate director for summer term, takes over one facet of Guilford’s previous role – becoming the new director of summer term. As director, she has the primary responsibility of managing summer term offerings.

Wendy Payton was promoted from director of special projects in the Office of the Provost to assistant provost for academic affairs. The change is in recognition of the level of responsibility she has undertaken in the Provost’s Office.

Payton will have expanded responsibilities during the upcoming Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation process. She also manages various regulatory issues within the Provost’s Office.

The Office of the Provost is currently seeking to fill two new positions: associate provost for graduate studies and special projects; and assistant provost for faculty development and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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