Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Collaboration and Leadership Development
Dr. Lori Baker is an associate professor anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences with a specialization in molecular and forensic analysis of skeletal remains. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Baylor and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Baker serves as chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD), and is past chair of the Faculty Senate (2014015) and also served as the Faculty Regent on the University’s Board of Regents. She is founder and executive director of Reuniting Families, a program she founded at Baylor in 2003 that aids in the identification and repatriation of undocumented immigrants who perish during migration into the United States. She has acted as an advisor to the attorney general of the Mexican State of Chihuahua, the Washington Office on Latin America, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Truth Commissions in Peru and Panama. She has been an invited speaker in many national and international venues such as the Peace Palace in the The Hague, as part of the International Commission on Missing Persons Conference and Amnesty International. Dr. Baker is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has published in national and international journals. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC, MSNBC and other media outlets.
Phone: (254) 710-2145
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.
Vice President for Academic Operations and Strategic Finance
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.
Vice President for University Mission
In addition to his role as Vice President for University Mission, Darin Davis is director of Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) and clinical associate professor of moral philosophy in the Honors Program in the Honors College. He also is an affiliate faculty member in the department of philosophy and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Dr. Davis earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas and Baylor, respectively, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University. As IFL director since 2008, he oversees several projects, including the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture; various faculty and staff development efforts, including Communio, an annual retreat for Baylor educators; programs for Baylor undergraduate and graduate students, including the Crane Scholars Program and Conyers Scholars Program; annual lectures in Christian and medical ethics; and the publication of "Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics." His scholarly research focuses on Christian ethics, the history of moral philosophy and higher education in America, with articles published in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Christian Reflection, International Journal of Christianity and Education and the Southern Journal of Philosophy. He is editor and co-author of "Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century" (St. Augustin’s Press, 2016). An ordained Baptist minister, Davis also is pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, a congregation founded in 1859.
Phone: (254) 710-4850
Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Dr. Hamilton has been on the faculty at Baylor since 1995. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. Prior to serving as Vice Provost for Global Engagement, Dr. Hamilton was chair of the department of History. The VPGE oversees international education initiatives including study abroad and international student and scholar services.
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.
Senior Financial and Business Manager for Academic Affairs
Ross joined Baylor University in 2014 as the Senior Financial and Business Manager for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Ross holds a B.B.A from the University of Minnesota and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M - Commerce. Ross is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and also holds the Certified Internal Auditor credential. Ross serves as the key budget contact for Academic Affairs and assists with daily activities including BearQuest approval, analysis of processes for improvement, and analysis of new and existing academic programs. Ross also serves as a liaison between Academic Affairs and key administrative offices.
Phone: (254) 710-6797
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.
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