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PROVOST OFFICE Reporting Structure

To: Belmont University Faculty and Staff
From: Dr. Thomas Burns, Provost
Re: Changes to the Reporting Structure for the Office of the Provost
Date: Aug. 17, 2011

As we open the 2011-12 academic year, I am pleased to announce some changes to the reporting structure for Office of the Provost.  

These changes-in-process are recognition of my desire to support our faculty in delivering a student-centered learning experience through meaningful collaboration and shared governance.

(A summary organizational chart of the changes can be found here.)

With the help of the Provost Council and Dr. Paula Gill, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, I believe we have established a foundation that will better support student learning while placing more targeted emphasis on a variety of university activities.  

After much care and reflection, I am pleased to share the following changes within the Office of the Provost:

1)      Associate Provost for Academic Affairs – Dr. Jimmy Davis, currently the Associate Provost and Dean of University College, will become the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. In this role Dr. Davis will provide oversight in these areas:

  • Faculty development (Teaching Center and Grants & Scholarships [formerly the Office of Sponsored Programs]) 
  • Core academic curricula (General Education/BELL Core, Honors Program, and the annual campus-wide theme) 
  • Academic support services (University Library, the Office of Service Learning, Career Services, Sophomore Transition Center and Academic Support Units)  This change allows us to combine various programs and offices under the oversight of a single administrator, increasing the opportunities for collaboration and innovation.  As a physical manifestation of this change, Dr. Davis has relocated to 228 Barbara Massey Hall, while many of his direct reports (the Teaching Center, Grants & Scholarships, General Education and the new Sophomore Transition Center), have centralized their offices to the second floor of the Library.

2)      Assistant/Associate Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research – This is a new position, based partly on the assessment responsibilities held by former Assistant Provost Jeff Coker. It reflects both the importance of, and connection between, assessment of academic programs and institutional research.  By combining these two large areas of responsibilities under a single administrative leader, I am able to place more focus on these activities for the University and to strengthen our ability to use data about our students and ourselves to make decisions.

3)      Assistant/Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education – This is a new position that reconfigures some of the responsibilities previously overseen by Dr. Davis including these areas:

  • Interdisciplinary and adult degree programs
  • Global Education and Partnerships including Study Abroad/Study Away programs and our relationship with CCSA (both overseen by Dr. Maggie Monteverde)
  • International student programming (overseen by Dr.  Kathryn Skinner)

4)      Office of the Registrar – The Office of the Registrar will report directly to the Provost, rather than the Associate Provost and Dean for Enrollment Services.

5)      The Engaged Scholars program will be under the supervision of the Associate Provost and Dean of Students.

6)      Budget Manager and Financial Analyst – This is a new position, reporting directly to the Provost, to provide budgetary oversight and review for the areas reporting to the Office of the Provost.  Mrs. Deborah Hayden, currently the Executive Assistant to the Provost, will be appointed to this position once a new Executive Assistant to the Provost has been identified.

Some of these changes have already been made and some offices have already been moved. Others will happen as position descriptions are finalized.  We will begin national searches for the two new Assistant/Associate Provost positions shortly.

I hope to provide you with additional updates on this process over the next several weeks and months, with the intention of completing these transitions before the end of the academic year.

Here’s to a year of meaningful growth in every way. I am excited about all we will accomplish together. Thank you for your work.