Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Davis Announces Appointments

Feb. 17, 2011

Dr. Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost at Baylor University, announced today a number of staff changes and appointments within the provost's office.

Dr. Naymond H. Keathley, who has served as senior vice provost since 2006, will become interim director of the Center for International Education (CIE), succeeding Michael D. Morrison, who will return to full-time teaching at Baylor Law School. Keathley, who also is professor of New Testament in the department of religion at Baylor, served as co-director of the Baylor in Great Britain study abroad program in 2003, 2005 and 2006, while Morrison has directed the CIE since 2007. The provost's office will conduct a national search to identify a permanent director, who also will hold The Jo Murphy Chair in International Education.

Dr. Wesley Null, associate professor of curriculum and foundations of education in the School of Education and the Honors College, will become vice provost for undergraduate education, effective May 16. In his position, Null will report directly to Davis and collaborate with senior administration and faculty to coordinate and provide a common vision for undergraduate education at Baylor. In particular, Null will supervise the process of undergraduate curriculum revision and communicate closely with Student Life, Enrollment Management, the Office of the Registrar, Academic Advisement and the Paul L. Foster Student Success Center to ensure pathways for student success and to recognize high-achieving undergraduates.

Null has taught at Baylor since 2001 and also serves as associate dean of Baylor's Honors College, acting director of Baylor's Honors Program and director of the School of Education's Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching program. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in education in 1995 and his master's of education degree in educational administration and foundations of education in 1998, both from Eastern New Mexico University. He earned his doctorate in curriculum studies and history of education from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.

Tiffany Hogue, assistant provost for institutional effectiveness, has been named chief of staff to the provost, effective immediately. Hogue joined Baylor in 2000 as assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, before moving to the provost's office in 2003 as an assistant vice provost. During this time, Hogue provided legal advice on academic and faculty personnel policies, intellectual property issues, and student and parent concerns. She played a vital role on Baylor's SACS reaccreditation leadership team from 2004-06 and currently assists the provost with the university's strategic planning process. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Baylor in 1995 and her law degree from Georgetown University in 1998.

Michelle V. Berry has been named director of finance and business operations for academic affairs, filling the role Davis previously held as vice provost for financial and academic administration. Berry is responsible for advising the provost on financial matters and budgetary requests, as well as collaborating with vice provost Bennighof in managing the academic hiring process, acting as a liaison between the provost's office and human resources and representing the provost's office on certain financial and resource planning committees. Before joining Baylor in 2010, Berry worked for more than seven years as a senior manager for KPMG, a large public accounting firm in Dallas. She earned her bachelor of business administration degree and master of accountancy degree in 2003 from Baylor and is a certified public accountant in Texas.

"This is an exciting and important time for the university as we work together to develop the strategic plan that will guide and inform Baylor's plans and progress over the next decade. In that context, the provost's office must be equipped to provide the leadership and support that the campus community will expect of us in the future. That's why I am very pleased with these appointments," Davis said. "With enormous gratitude, I applaud Naymond and Mike for their extraordinarily dedicated service to our campus, which will continue as they move into their new positions. I also congratulate Wes, Tiffany and Michelle and extend to them a hearty welcome as they commit themselves to the important work of our office at a time of tremendous potential in Baylor's history."

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