Dr. Garland has been on the faculty at Baylor since 1997. He holds a M.Div. and PhD. degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before serving as the Interim Provost, Dr. Garland was dean of The George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Professor of Christian Scriptures. As the university's chief academic officer, he has responsibility for all of Baylor's academic enterprises, including 12 schools and colleges, and more than one dozen research centers and institutes.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy
Dr. Bennighof has been on the faculty at Baylor since 1984. He holds a B.M. from the University of Richmond and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Along with his appointment as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy, Dr. Bennighof is a Professor of Music Theory in the School of Music, where he has also served as Academic Studies Division Director and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Associate Vice President for Academic Operations
Michelle joined Baylor University in 2010 as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Operations in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. She holds a B.B.A. and Master of Accountancy degree from Baylor University. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. She is responsible, under the Executive Vice President and Provost, for planning the allocation and ensuring the effective deployment of university resources to meet Baylor's academic priorities. In this role, she serves as the principal liaison between academic affairs and administrative offices across the institution. Michelle oversees all financial and business operations for academic affairs, leads academic facilities and space planning, and shepherds university compliance functions related to environmental health, safety, and export control. Michelle is also entrusted with advising the Executive Vice President and Provost on matters of policy and practice related to resource planning, financial management, budgetary oversight, and other operational matters.
Chief of Staff to the Provost
Tiffany Hogue has been at Baylor since 2000. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Baylor and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She practiced labor and employment law at a large firm in Phoenix, Arizona, and she is a licensed attorney in Texas. As Chief of Staff to the Provost, she manages the daily operations of the Executive Vice President and Provost's office and represents the provost on various committees. Her chief areas of responsibility include Honor Council matters, academic leadership training, policy revision, and advising the Executive Vice President and Provost on various special initiatives.
Vice Provost for Research
Dr. Hyde has been on the faculty at Baylor since 1988. He holds a B.S. from Southern Nazarene University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Baylor University. Along with his appointment as Vice Provost for Research (VPR), Hyde is a Professor in the Department of Physics and the director of CASPER (Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research). The VPR is responsible for developing and articulating research policy as well as encouraging research activity among faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, internal research incentive programs, on-line research databases, and committees directly related to research. As the University's chief research officer, the VPR represents the University with federal and state funding agencies, foundations, and corporate research organizations and has responsibility for the Office of Sponsored Programs and Contracts, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, the Baylor Advanced Research Institute (BARI), the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), the Central Texas Technology and Research Park (CTTRP), University Research Compliance (IRB, IACUC, IBC) and Research Misconduct.
Dr. Lyon has been on the faculty since 1975. He holds a B.A. from Baylor and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. In addition to serving as a Vice Provost, he is also Dean of Baylor's Graduate School, and a Professor of Sociology. His responsibilities in the Office of the Provost pertain mostly to faculty recruitment and hiring.
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Matier joined Baylor in June 2011. He holds a B.A. from Shippensburg State College and a PhD from the University of Oregon. He came to Baylor after a 22-year career at Cornell where he oversaw the Office of Institutional Research.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Dr. Null joined the Baylor faculty in 2001. He holds a B.S.Ed. and M.Ed. from Eastern New Mexico University and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to serving as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, he served as Associate Dean of Baylor's Honors College, Acting Director of the Honors Program, and director of Baylor's Ph.D. in Curriculum & Teaching Program. Dr. Null holds a joint appointment in the Honors College and the School of Education, where he serves as Professor of Curriculum and Foundations of Education. He collaborates with senior administration and faculty to coordinate and provide a common vision for undergraduate education at Baylor.
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management
Dr. Vanderpool has been at Baylor since 2004. She holds a B.A. from Davidson College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is currently the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management. Previously, she served as a faculty member in the Modern Foreign Languages Department and as the Director of CASA, the College of Arts and Sciences Advisement office. The Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management is the Academic Affairs liaison to Enrollment Management, under the office of Finance and Administration. The Associate Vice Provost oversees the Paul L. Foster Success Center and works with Deans, Department Chairs and Directors across campus to develop and improve enrollment management, recruitment, and retention in their respective areas.
Manager of Commencement and Facilities Planning
Lois Ferguson holds the B.A. and M.S. from Baylor. She has been with Baylor since 1988 and serves as Manager for Commencement and Facility Planning. She is responsible for commencement ceremonies three times a year and is involved with planning and utilization of space for the academic division of the University. She previously served as Assistant Provost for Academic Services and also has worked in public relations, student life, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Phone: (254) 710-8534
Adrienne Conradt has been at Baylor since January 2011. She holds a B.S. from Baylor. Her duties include coordinating everyday office operations, answering phones, greeting visitors, and reserving Pat Neff conference rooms 105 & 107. She serves as the administrative associate to Tiffany Hogue. She helps to coordinate the faculty interview process, and she plays an intergral role in generating the electronic deans' list and plans many events for the Provost Office. She also provides administrative support to the Faculty Senate.
Phone: (254) 710-3601
Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Provost
Erin Shoemake has worked at Baylor since July 2013. She holds a B. A. in Psychology and Religion from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Before coming to Baylor, she was the Executive Assistant to the president of an employee benefits firm in Tennessee for eleven years. As Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Provost, she coordinates the Provost’s calendar, aids in correspondence, maintains the Provost’s records, and works closely with the assistants to other vice presidents, deans and department chairs.
Phone: (254) 710-7803
Assistant to the Vice Provosts and Faculty Credentials Coordinator
Debi Talley has worked at Baylor since 2003. She holds a B.S.Ed. from Baylor. Before joining the Provost's Office, she was the Office Manager for the Religion Department. As the Assistant to the Vice Provosts and the Faculty Credentials Coordinator, she manages multiple calendars, the faculty credentials system, new faculty orientation, the annual production of the undergraduate catalog, and other duties and projects as assigned.
Phone: (254) 710-7591