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Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


What is the role of the Provost? 

The provost and vice president for academic affairs is Georgia College’s chief academic officer and the highest-ranking university official after the president. Working alongside the president and campus administration, the provost contributes to the advancement of Georgia College’s Mission. As a member of the president’s cabinet, the provost plays a central role in institutional decisions and works with academic affairs constituents to create and support an academic vision of excellence for the university. No one is certain when the title of Provost was first used as a title in higher education, but it was in use at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University as early as the late 18th and early 19th centuries, respectively.

Office of the Provost and VPAA

The provost is responsible to the institution's chief executive officer (the President).

All academic colleges, departments and programs report to the provost, who is responsible for putting into action all academic policies, including those affecting faculty appointment, development, promotion and tenure.

The provost represents the university’s academic endeavors with key constituents, including The USG Board of Regents and elected officials. In the president’s absence, the provost typically serves as the chief executive officer of the university.

The Provost’s Office has authority over an expanse of institutional work that includes assessment, curriculum development, strategic planning, institutional technologies, institutional research, Extended University, the library and learning technologies, enrollment management, grants and contracts, international studies, student advising and support,  Honors and leadership programs, institutional effectiveness and accreditation, and continuing education. 

Also serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Provost creates, supports, and enhances a student-centered academic environment which frames the university's mission and vision. It is the administrative center which drives the academic enterprise at GC. Responsible to the president of the university, the CAO has three primary roles:

Leading. By working with academic leaders and faculty to articulate an academic vision for the university, set the overall academic direction of the university, and establish the academic agenda and priorities for the future.

Facilitating. Through the establishment of programs, policies, procedures, and standards; in the selection, evaluation, and development of faculty and staff; in the review of academic programs; in the allocation of funds; and in the provision of information, it facilitates the accomplishment of the university's mission and its academic goals.

Coordinating. By setting a context for the university's various academic colleges, programs, and services; and by maintaining a broad and coherent institutional perspective, so that the needs and character of individual programs are addressed within an institutional framework and university standards.


Office of Academic Affairs
Campus Box 24
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-4715
Fax 478-445-5151

Dr. Kelli Brown
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Carolyn Denard
Associate Provost for Student Success and Director of the Center for Student Success

Dr. Costas Spirou
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies

Lori Westbrook
Assistant to the Provost, (MOUs, scheduling for the Provost, coordination of special events)

Neil Jones
Administrative Coordinator, (Full time faculty management, faculty searches, faculty position management, academic programs and accreditations)

Matthew Buchanan
Administrative Specialist, (Digital Measures, Part-time Faculty, Course Revisions, Graduate Assistantships)

Shannon Gardner
Senior Secretary (scheduling for the Associate Provost, providing support for the office, Graduate website)

Dr. Wendy Mullen
Provost Fellow

John Hachtel
Director, Special Projects – Communications

Dr. Tom Ormond -on temporary assignment at Darton State College until July 31, 2016
Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies


ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state's designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, residential learning communities, study abroad and myriad internships


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