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Office of the Provost

Osborne Administration Building

About the Office of the Provost

Organization and Responsibilities

The individual responsibilities and duties of officers are listed below.  For more information about reporting offices and programs, see a complete organization chart [pdf].


Provost Gabel

Joan T.A. Gabel, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost

Provost Gabel is the chief academic officer of the University of South Carolina. She oversees the schools and colleges of the USC Columbia campus. The Provost is charged with overall leadership of academic affairs of the university, including curriculum development and establishment of academic standards in the schools and colleges.

Helen Doerpinghaus headshot

Helen Doerpinghaus, Ph.D., deputy provost

Dr. Doerpinghaus oversees special projects, review of the undergraduate general education requirements, the First-Year Reading Experience and provides guidance on undergraduate academic initiatives within and beyond the classroom.  She is responsible for the development and approval process for academic programs and courses.

Cheryl L. Addy headshot

Cheryl L. Addy, Ph.D., vice provost and dean of the graduate school

Dr. Addy is responsible for coordinating and advancing the interests of faculty, as well as the university's distance education programs within the colleges and schools on the Columbia and Regional campuses.

John Dozier Portrait

John H. Dozier, Ed.D., senior associate provost for inclusion and chief diversity officer

Dr. Dozier is responsible for leading diversity and inclusion efforts that are focused on creating a learning, living and working environment that embodies values stated in the Carolinian Creed. He also oversees the Coordinating Office for Community Engagement. Click to learn more about the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Allen Miller Portrait

P. Allen Miller, Ph.D., vice provost and director of global carolina

Dr. Miller is responsible for growing international recruitment among students and developing international relationships worldwide.  He also oversees the Rule of Law Collaborative, manages the University of South Carolina Press, and coordinates the Classroom Enhancements and Space Needs and Planning (SNAP) committees.


Additional Members of Provost's Executive Cabinet

Meera Narasimhan, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., associate provost for health sciences
Chris Nesmith, Ph.D., associate provost for palmetto college campuses and dean of extended university
Dennis Pruitt, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, vice provost and dean of students
R. Caughman Taylor, M.D., Special Assistant to the President for Health Sciences


Office Staff

Office staff can be emailed by clicking on the individual’s name below.

Appointments with Provost and Vice Provosts

Melissa Anderson, executive assistant
- Appointments with Provost Gabel
- Council of Academic Deans (information, scheduling, agendas, etc.)

Sarah Livingston, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with vice provost and dean of the graduate school
- Communications and marketing
- Dean review coordination
- Website calendar and announcements
- Web communications
- University policy updates

Prischilla Ramsey, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Helen Doerpinghaus
- Phi Beta Kappa program
 - SECU liaison

Beth-Anne Rogers, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with John Dozier
- Provost office events
- Faculty awards coordination
- Financial

Trudie Wierts, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Allen Miller
- Global Carolina coordination

 Academic Administration

Mary Alexander, assistant provost and chief of staff
 - Provost office budgeting
 - Academic unit budget oversight
 - Administrative management of the Office of the Provost
 - Internal grants administration
 - SmartState financials
 - Analysis, reporting and data collection

Academic Resources

Janet Meredith, academic resource manager
 - Human resources coordination
 - Emeritus status requests
 - Endowed chairs and named professorship coordination
 - Sabbatical leave

Terrie Smith, Ph.D., assistant provost for faculty affairs
 - Tenure and promotion, post-tenure review, and third year review coordination
 - Family friendly requests
 - Non-tenure track faculty criteria policies and procedures coordination
 - Faculty Senate committee membership list updates

Communications and Information Resources

Geniese James, director of information resources
 - Main Office of the Provost sites:
   Tenure & Promotion, University Policies, Carolina Core, First-Year Reading Experience,
   Undergraduate Studies, USC Connect, Global Carolina, Academic Programs Proposal System

 - Information technology resources and projects
 - SharePoint development and support
 - Website design and development

Sarah Livingston, administrative coordinator
 - Appointments with vice provost and dean of the graduate school
 - Communications and marketing
 - Dean review coordination
 - Website calendar and announcements
 - Web communications
 - University policy updates

 Roseanne Shaw, program coordinator
- Calendar & Space Reservation System


Reporting Administrators

Reporting to Deputy Provost Helen Doerpinghaus
Sabrina Andrews, M.S., executive director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analytics
Shelley Dempsey, M.Ed., MBA, director, On Your Time Initiatives
Kristia H. Finnigan, Ph.D., assistant provost, Academic Programs
Christina Friend, Ph.D., faculty director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Claire Robinson, director, University Advising Center
Kate Shelton, director, Continuing Education and Conference Services
Irma Van Scoy, Ph.D., executive director, USC Connect

Learning Community Principals

Preston Residential College: Lara Lomicka Anderson, Ph.D.
Capstone: Patrick Hickey, Ph.D.
Green Quad: William J. Jones, Ph.D.
International House at Maxcy College: David Snyder, Ph.D.

Reporting to Vice Provost P. Allen Miller
Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D., director, Study Abroad
Jonathan Haupt, M.A., director, USC Press
Jody Pritt, M.A., director, International Student Services
Wesley Curtis, Ph.D., director, English Programs for Internationals
Joel Samuels, J.D., deputy director, Rule of Law Collaborative

Reporting to Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Cheryl Addy
Steve Adams, Ph.D., director, Distributed Learning Support Services
Janice Breuer, Ph.D., faculty civility advocate
Heather Brandt, Ph.D., associate dean, Graduate School
Murray Mitchell, Ph.D., associate dean, Graduate School