Office of the Provost Responsibilities and Direct Reports

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost strives to support every facet of Baylor University's academic enterprise. If, after reviewing the list below, you are unsure about whom to contact, please feel free to call the Office of the Provost at 254-710-3601 or stop by Pat Neff 109.

James Bennighof (James_Bennighof@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy
Telephone: 254-710-6500
Assistant: Debi Talley (Deborah_Talley@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-7591

  • Accreditation of units or degree programs within the University
  • Graduate curriculum revision (including new courses and new degree programs)
  • Development or revision of faculty personnel policies, or questions about their content
  • Promotion of Lecturers to Senior Lecturers
  • Catalog revision and production
  • Cornelia Marschall Smith Outstanding Professor Award
  • Baylor University Press
  • Mayborn Museum
  • Institute for Oral History


Michelle Berry (Michelle_V_Berry@baylor.edu)
Associate Vice President for Academic Operations
Telephone: 254-710-3976

  • Academic hiring and letter of appointment process
  • Reviews budgetary requests from academic units
  • Serves as a liaison between Academic Affairs and various administrative offices
  • Conducts budget reviews and financial analyses
  • Facilities and resource planning
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Tiffany Hogue (Tiffany_Hogue@baylor.edu)
Chief of Staff to the Provost
Telephone: 254-710-3545
Assistant: Adrienne Conradt (Adrienne_Conradt@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-3601

  • Coordinates the meeting agendas for the Academic Affairs/Student Life Committee of the Board of Regents, Council of Deans and provost staff.
  • Works with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy on faculty policy matters
  • Develops resources for department chairs and other academic leaders
  • Manages the Faculty Handbook, Chair Resource Center, and Office of the Provost Web sites
  • Handles Honor Council matters
  • Serves as the provost's office liaison with Institutional Effectiveness on accreditation issues
  • Manages communication and information-sharing between and among the provost's office, deans, associate vice presidents, and other units to assure maximum cooperation and collaboration
  • Assists the provost with special projects

Truell Hyde (Truell_Hyde@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Research
Telephone: 254-710-1271
Assistant: Sherri Honza (Sherri_Honza@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-1271

  • Institute for Air Science
  • Center for Renewable Aviation Fuel Development
  • Baylor Advanced Research Institute
  • Institute of Biomedical Studies
  • Center for Applied Geographic and Spatial Research
  • Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research
  • Ecological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Sponsored Programs and Contracts


Larry Lyon (Larry_Lyon@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Telephone: 254-710-2414
Assistant: Anna Henderson (Anna_Henderson@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-6473

  • Faculty recruitment
  • Faculty hiring

Michael Matier (Michael_Matier@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Telephone: 254-710-2414
Assistant: Elaine Harknett (Elaine_Harknett@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-2414

Institutional Effectiveness (IE) serves the university by contextualizing institutional decision-making through:
  • facilitating the development and monitoring the progress of the institution's strategic planning efforts;
  • transforming data into information for institutional decision-makers;
  • serving as the chief information clearinghouse for the university;
  • shepherding the assessment of educational programs and administrative services;
  • overseeing compliance with SACS accreditation standards;
  • assisting departments and cross-functional groups with designing, implementing, and assessing continuous improvement initiatives; and
  • managing other institutional enhancement, planning, and deliberative processes.

Wesley Null (Wesley_Null@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Telephone: 254-710-6120
Website: http://www.baylor.edu/vpue
Assistant: Debi Talley (Deborah_Talley@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-7591

  • Office of the Registrar
  • Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Office of Career and Professional Development
  • Undergraduate curriculum revision (including new courses and new degree programs)
  • Undergraduate catalog
  • Academic appeals and parental concerns
  • Course scheduling and space utilization
  • Academic calendar
  • Students of Concern Committee
  • International Travel Committee
  • Collaboration with Student Life and Enrollment Management
  • Interviews with prospective faculty
  • Distinguished Achievement Awards for Students


Sinda Vanderpool (Sinda_Vanderpool@baylor.edu)
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management
Telephone: 254-710-6024
Assistant: Roberta Shipp ( Roberta_Shipp@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-8212

  • Oversight of the Paul L. Foster Success Center
    • University Advisement
    • Academic Support Programs
    • High Ability Student Engagement and Recruitment
    • OALA Office of Access and Learning Accommodations
    • Office of Access and Learning Accommodations
    • Pre-Law Office
    • VETS(Veterans Educational and Transition Services)
  • Strategic planning for enrollment within and amongst colleges and schools
  • Chair of Enrollment Management Council and Enrollment Management Working Group
  • New Student Experience
  • Liaison to the Division of Enrollment Management
  • Transfer student issues and initiatives, including articulation agreements
  • Faculty involvement in recruitment and enrollment initiatives
  • Chief student success officer
  • High achieving student recruitment, recognition, and enrichment

  • If you do not see the topic you need in the list above, please contact the Office of the Provost at 254-710-3601.

    If you would like to make an appointment with David Garland, please contact:
    Erin_Shoemake@baylor.edu, 254-710-7803.