Office of the Executive Vice President and 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.

Lori Baker (Lori_Baker@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Collaboration and Leadership Development
Telephone: 254-710-2145
Assistant: Debi Talley (Deborah_Talley@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-7591

  • Advises the Provost and performs ad hoc strategic analysis as needed.
  • Creates opportunities for leadership development for Deans and faculty.
  • Works directly with campus partners and academic committees to provide support and leadership for various activities involving the Office of the Provost.
  • Works in close partnership with Deans, Vice Presidents and other University senior leadership and serves as the liaison to ensure effective two-way communication between the Office of the Provost and the academic program committees.
  • Coordinates the development of innovative programs and identifies opportunities for growth.
  • Helps to strengthen collaboration and relationships between academic programs at Baylor.
  • Develops an agenda for academic program distinction and to strengthen the sense of scholarly community among faculty, students and staff at Baylor University.
  • Interacts with the Deans of schools and colleges within the Academy to raise the reputation of Baylor’s undergraduate and graduate programs.Coordinates the development of innovative programs and identifies opportunities for growth.
  • Helps to strengthen collaboration and relationships between academic programs at Baylor.
  • Develops an agenda for academic program distinction and to strengthen the sense of scholarly community among faculty, students and staff.
  • Interacts with the Deans of schools and colleges within the Academy to raise the reputation of Baylor’s undergraduate and graduate programs.


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)
Vice President for Academic Operations and Strategic Finance
Telephone: 254-710-3976
Assistant: Adrienne Conradt (Adrienne_Conradt@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-3601

  • Academic hiring, letters of appointment, and all faculty compensation processes
  • Operationalizing institutional goals and priorities
  • Reviews budgetary requests from academic units
  • Serves as a liaison between Academic Affairs and various administrative offices
  • Conduct budget reviews and financial analyses
  • Space utilization, facilities, and other resource planning
  • Oversee institutional compliance efforts in the areas of Environmental Health and Safety and Export/Import/Sanctions Compliance
  • Office of Career and Professional Development


Jeffrey Hamilton (Jeffrey_Hamilton@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Telephone: 254-710-2657
Office Manager: Lynae Jordan (Lynae_Jordan@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-2657
Website: http://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement

  • Center for Global Engagement
    • International travel approval for faculty, staff, students
    • Study Abroad and Exchange programs
    • Assistance with visa process for International students and scholars
    • Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with partner institutions


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
Telephone: 254-710-2414
Assistant: Candice Prose (Candice_Prose@baylor.edu) -- 254-710-4060

  • Faculty recruitment
  • Faculty hiring

Michael Matier (Michael_Matier@baylor.edu)
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Telephone: 254-710-2414
Assistant: -- 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
  • Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management
  • 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


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 Gregory Jones, please contact:
Erin_Shoemake@baylor.edu, 254-710-7803.