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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].


Stephen Cutler Portrait

Stephen Cutler, Ph.D., interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University of South Carolina and 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.

Cheryl Addy Headshot

Cheryl L. Addy, Ph.D., vice provost and dean of faculty

Dr. Addy is responsible for coordinating and advancing the interests of faculty, including leadership training, family friendly requests, tenure, promotion, and review, endowed chairs, dean reviews, internal grants and SEC travel grants. She also serves as dean of faculty and oversees institutional research and assessment, policies, and communications. 

Dr. Kelly Headshot

Sandra J. Kelly, Ph.D., vice provost, dean of undergraduate studies, director of Global Carolina

Dr. Kelly oversees general education requirements, the First-Year Reading Experience and provides guidance on undergraduate academic initiatives within and beyond the classroom.  She is responsible for oversight of Global Carolina, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, Office of On Your Time and the University Advising Center. Dr. Kelly shares oversight with the Associate Vice President for Student Housing and Sustainability over the Faculty Principals and their living-learning communities. 


Additional Members of Provost's Executive Cabinet

Dennis Pruitt, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, vice provost and dean of students
Diana Mitchell, Ph.D., senior associate provost for social innovation and eLearning 
John Catalano, Ph.D., associate provost for Palmetto College campuses and dean of extended university
Tracey Weldon, Ph.D., interim dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education


Office Staff

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

Appointments with Provost and Vice Provosts

Ashley Dantzler, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Provost
- Council of Academic Deans (information, scheduling, agendas, etc.)

Rachel Ford, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Sandra Kelly
- Appointments with Diana Mitchell

- Undergraduate Studies coordination. 
- Communications 

Bianca Jenkins, administrative coordinator
- Faculty Awards
- Financials
- Internal Grants 
- Provost Office events

Caroline Hulett, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Cheryl Addy 
- Appointments with Tracey Weldon
- Coordinates ALDP
- Coordinates SEC Travel Grants
- University policy updates 

 Academic Administration

Mary Alexander, Ph.D., MPA, assistant provost and chief of staff
 - Provost office budgeting
 - Academic unit budget oversight
 - Administrative management of the Office of the Provost
 - Academic blueprints
 - Internal grants administration
 - Analysis, reporting and data collection
 - Classroom Enhancements and Space Needs and Planning (SNAP) committees coordination

Academic Resources

Vicki Lewter, human resources manager
 - Human resources coordination
 - Emeritus status requests
 - Sabbatical leave

Lisa Hammond, Ph.D., director of faculty affairs
 - Tenure and promotion, post-tenure review, and third year review coordination
 - Professional-track promotion coordination
 - Hire with tenure coordination
 - Endowed Chairs and named professorship coordination
 - Family friendly requests
 - Non-tenure track faculty criteria policies and procedures coordination

Communications and Information Resources

Stan Lawrimore, director of information resources
 - Main Office of the Provost site support:
   Tenure & Promotion, University Policies, Carolina Core, First-Year Reading Experience,
   Undergraduate Studies, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, Global Carolina, Academic Programs Proposal System

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

Abraham Danaher, communications manager
- Web Communications
- Communications and marketing

 Roseanne Shaw, program coordinator
- Calendar & Space Reservation System


Reporting Administrators

Reporting to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Mary Alexander, Ph.D., MPA, assistant provost for academic administration
Richard Brown, Ph.D., director, USC Press
Joel Samuels, J.D., executive director, Rule of Law Collaborative

Reporting to Vice Provost, Director of Global Carolina, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Sandra Kelly
Dirk Brown, Ph.D., faculty director, McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise
Shelley Dempsey, Ph.D., director, On Your Time Initiatives
Lara Ducate, Ph.D., executive director, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning
August (Augie) E. Grant, Ph.D., director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Claire Robinson, Ph.D., director, University Advising Center
Mark Porter, interim director, English Programs for Internationals (Global Carolina)
Morgan Inabinet, interim director, Education Abroad (Global Carolina)
Lauren Smith, M.Ed., director, International Student Services (Global Carolina)
Lara Lomicka Anderson, Ph.D., faculty principal of Preston Residential College
Elise Lewis, Ph.D, faculty principal of Capstone Scholars: Elise Lewis, Ph.D.
Dirk Brown, Ph.D., interim faculty principal of Entrepreneurism Community
David Simmons, Ph.D., faculty principal of Galen Fellows: David Simmons, Ph.D.
William J. Jones, Ph.D., faculty principal of Green Quad
Lara Lomicka Anderson, interim faculty principal of International House at Maxcy College
Simon Tarr, Ph.D., faculty principal of Rhodos Fellows

Reporting to Vice Provost and Dean of Faculty Cheryl Addy
Sabrina Andrews, M.S., executive director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analytics
Trena Houp, Interim Director, Academic Programs
Susan Bon, Ph.D., faculty civility advocate
Lisa Hammond, Ph.D., director of faculty affairs
Stan Lawrimore, director of information resources

Reporting to Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education Tracey Weldon
Vacant, associate dean, Graduate School
Murray Mitchell, Ph.D., senior associate dean, Graduate School

Reporting to Senior Associate Provost for Social Innovation and eLearning Diana Mitchell 
Trena Houp, director, Office of Distributed Learning
Hilary Dyer Brannon, director, Continuing Education and Conference Services

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