The Overarching Goal of the Provost’s Office: To educate and develop students holistically to fulfill the mission of the University through stellar academic programs and services; to provide technological and physical resources within a vibrant learning, living, and serving community of scholarship and faith, led by distinguished faculty and staff.

Academic Programs – To provide vigorous undergraduate and graduate liberal arts, professional, life-long education and services based upon a vital Christian interpretation of truth and life leading students to a consistent life of worship, servant leadership, stewardship, and world outreach.

Intercollegiate Athletics – To provide a comprehensive and competitive intercollegiate athletic program that fosters the holistic growth and development of student athletes, builds school spirit, and advances the purposes of the University. 

Information Technology – To provide leadership for current and emerging technologies that promote and support student learning, enrollment management, and the administrative technology goals and needs of the University. 

The Provost’s Council is composed mainly of the provost’s direct reports and is responsible for overseeing strategic program planning and assessment, establishing resource priorities, and developing policy for the University’s integrated academic and student life program.

The provost leads and supervises a program team that includes:  

  • Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Biblical Studies
  • Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Business
  • Dean of International Programs and Director of the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement
  • Dean of Faculty Development and Director of the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
  • Vice Provost
  • University Librarian
  • Director of Assessment and Quality Improvement
  • Director of Sponsored Programs
  • Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Administrative Assistant to the Provost

Dean of International Programs and Director of the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement: Dr. Christopher Bennett

The dean of International Programs is responsible for effectively administering all aspects of the University's international programs. As the director of the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement the dean administers and directs the overall plan of the centre, including the oversight and development of the programs, personnel, and policies necessary to achieve the vision and goals of the Centre and that support the overall mission of the University.

Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Biblical Studies: Dr. Thomas Jones

The dean of the School of Liberal Arts is responsible to plan, organize, direct, assess, and control the academic functions of the departments of Art, Communication, Music, Biblical Studies, Christian Education and Philosophy, Modern Languages, English, Geography, History, Media Communication, and Professional Writing.

Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences: Dr. Bill Toll

Reporting to the provost, the dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences is responsible to plan, organize, direct, assess, and control the academic functions of the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, Physical Education and Human Performance, and Public Health.

Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Education, and Business: Dr. Connie Lightfoot

Reporting to the provost, the dean of the School of Social Sciences, Education, and Business is responsible to plan, organize, direct, assess, and control the academic functions of the departments of Business, Education, English Language Teaching, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science and International Relations, and Social Work.

Dean of Faculty Development and Director of BCTLE: Dr. Faye Chechowich

The dean of faculty development, in addition to fulfilling a half-time faculty appointment, oversees and administers the plans and policies for the professional growth and development of the faculty and directs the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Working collaboratively with Faculty Development and Candidate Interview Committees (FDCIC) the dean recommends sabbaticals, alternative assignments, and faculty development grants to the provost. The dean also oversees new faculty orientation and academic chapel.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics: Dr. Angie Fincannon

The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics ensures that a comprehensive and competitive intercollegiate athletic program is provided that fosters the holistic growth and development of student athletes, builds school spirit, and advances the purposes of the University.

Director of Assessment and Quality Improvement: Dr. Kimberly Case

The director of assessment and quality improvement will manage the requirements of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in ways that advance student learning and the continuous quality improvement goals included in the Taylor University 2016 Academic Vision and Plan. The director is responsible for providing leadership for institutional assessment and the testing program.

Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Laurie Green

The administrative assistant has overall responsibility for coordinating, managing, and implementing the work of the Provost's Office including supporting the work of the provost and Board of Trustees as requested.

Vice Provost: Dr. Jeff Groeling

The Vice Provost is responsible to the Provost for oversight of a number of strategic programs of Taylor University, including academic support offices, institutional support offices, the graduate school, Taylor instructional design/technology initiatives and Centers of Excellence. The Vice Provost also manages special projects and initiatives within Academic Affairs and represents the Provost as assigned.

University Librarian: Mr. Dan Bowell

The University Librarian oversees, engages, and envisions the Library’s program and its development. This includes active engagement with the acquisition and management of information resources in all media, with the full range of instructional, public, technical, and administrative services, and with multiple constituencies internal and external to the University.

Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs: Ms. Sue Gavin

The Director of Sponsored Programs at Taylor University is responsible for assisting faculty and staff with development and submission of proposals, administration of awarded sponsored agreements, administrative oversight of student Responsible Conduct of Research training, and assists with sponsored agreement negotiation and acceptance. The director also works with the Intellectual Property committee and Institutional Review Board (IRB) and represents the Provost as assigned.