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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].


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William F. "Bill" Tate IV, 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.

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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, 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 the Graduate School and oversees institutional research and assessment, policies, and communications. 

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Sandra J. Kelly, Ph.D., vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies

Dr. Kelly oversees 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 oversight of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, On Your Time, Continuing Education and Conferences, the University Advising Center and the Office of Distributed Learning. The Faculty Principals have a dual report to Dr. Kelly and the Associate Vice President for Student Housing and Well-Being.

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Joel H. Samuels, J.D., interim vice provost and director of the Rule of Law Collaborative

Professor Samuels will be charged with fostering scholarly collaborations across academic units that lead to grant proposals, new courses, certificates, and programs. 


Additional Members of Provost's Executive Cabinet

Dennis Pruitt, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, vice provost and dean of students
Joe Catalano, Ph.D., associate provost for Palmetto College campuses and dean of extended university


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
- Undergraduate Studies coordination. 
- Communications 

Coyet Greene, administrative coordinator
- Faculty Awards
- Financials
- Internal Grants 
- Provost Office events

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

 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
 - 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 coordinator
 - Human resources coordination
 - Emeritus status requests
 - Sabbatical leave

Vacant, director of faculty affairs
 - Tenure and promotion, post-tenure review, and third year review coordination
 - Non-tenure-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

TBA, 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, MPA, assistant provost for academic administration
Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D., interim executive director of Global Carolina and director of Study Abroad
Richard Brown, Ph.D., director, USC Press
Joel Samuels, J.D., director, Rule of Law Collaborative

Reporting to Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Sandra Kelly
Dirk Brown, Ph.D., faculty director, McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise
Trena Houp, associate director, Office of Distributed Learning
Shelley Dempsey, M.Ed., MBA, director, On Your Time Initiatives
August (Augie) E. Grant, Ph.D., director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Claire Robinson, Ph.D., director, University Advising Center
Hilary Byer Brannon, director, Continuing Education and Conference Services
Lara Ducate, Ph.D., executive director, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Learning Community Principals
Preston Residential College: Lara Lomicka Anderson, Ph.D.
Capstone: Elise Lewis, Ph.D.
Entrepreneurism & Innovations: Dirk Brown, Ph.D.
Galen Fellows: David Simmons, Ph.D.
Green Quad: William J. Jones, Ph.D.
International House at Maxcy College: David Snyder, Ph.D.
Rhodos Fellows: Simon Tarr, Ph.D.

Reporting to Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School 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
Vacant, associate dean, Graduate School
Vacant, director of faculty affairs
Murray Mitchell, Ph.D., senior associate dean, Graduate School

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