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Provost Bill Hardgrave

Bill Hardgrave, PhD

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Bill Hardgrave began serving as Auburn University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in January, 2018. He is the Wells Fargo Professor in the Harbert College of Business, where he also served as dean from August 2010 through December 2017.

As the chief academic officer, Provost Hardgrave provides leadership to Auburn’s 13 colleges and schools and oversees the university’s academic resources, support units, and instructional and research programs. Establishing the academic priorities for the university, Hardgrave leads initiatives designed to promote student and faculty success and ensures the quality of student learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Providing leadership to the faculty, Hardgrave manages the processes for faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions, and tenure.

As dean, Hardgrave oversaw the growth of the Harbert College of Business to include significant increases in student enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, resources for students and faculty, and research advancements. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, including a $40 million gift from 1982 alumnus and namesake Raymond Harbert. Read More about Provost Hardgrave

J. Emmett Winn

J. Emmett Winn, PhD

Associate Provost
(334) 844-5776

Dr. J. Emmett Winn is a Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism and has been serving as Associate Provost since 2009. Winn earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Read More about Dr. Winn

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Jennifer Kerpelman, PhD

Interim Vice President for Research
(334) 844-4784

Jennifer Kerpelman was appointed interim Vice President for Research on June 1, 2018.  In this role, she serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the University Academic Program Review Committee, and the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.  She is responsible for research program development and public and private externally sponsored programs. Her duties include budget planning and allocations, personnel, compliance, and research related legislative (federal and state) initiatives. Read more about Dr. Kerpelman.

Taffye Benson Clayton

Taffye Benson Clayton, EdD

Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity
(334) 844-4184

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton is the inaugural Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Auburn University.  Dr. Clayton and her team are tasked with expanding Auburn’s diversity and inclusion footprint within the institution and nationally.  Dr. Clayton formerly served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at East Carolina University.  Read More about Dr. Clayton

Royrickers Cook

Royrickers Cook, PhD

Associate Provost and Vice President for University Outreach
(334) 844-5700

Dr. Royrickers Cook provides university-wide leadership for all outreach and engagement initiatives, spanning 12 colleges and schools, aimed at advancing Auburn University’s outreach mission of applying its educational resources to problems and issues faced by citizens of the State of Alabama and beyond. Read More about Dr. Cook

Overtoun Jenda

Overtoun Jenda, PhD

Assistant Provost for Special Projects and Initiatives
(334) 844-4184

Dr Jenda was a faculty at University of Malawi, University of Botswana, and University of Kentucky before coming to Auburn University in 1988. Read More about Dr. Jenda


Drew Clark

Drew Clark, PhD

Director, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
(334) 844-4765

Drew Clark joined the faculty of Auburn University in 1982 and holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of English, where he long taught courses on English Renaissance literature and on the Bible.He became the University's Director of Assessment in 2001 and Director of... Read More about Drew Clark

Megan Good

Megan Good, PhD

Director, Academic Assessment
(334) 844-6844

Dr. Megan Good is the Director of Academic Assessment at Auburn University, where she supports programmatic student learning outcome assessment endeavors on campus. Notably, she helped to create and maintain the SCORE (Student Core Outcomes and Readiness Evaluation) infrastructure which helps Auburn to improve educational opportunities on campus. She also supports programmatic learning improvement projects using the model outlined in the NILOA Paper, A Simple Model for Learning Improvement: Weigh Pig, Feed Pig, Weigh Pig,which she co-authored. Megan earned her PhD in Assessment and Measurement from James Madison University. She lives in Auburn with her husband and daughter.

Christopher Heacox

Executive Director, Gogue Performing Arts Center
(334) 844-7217

Christopher J. Heacox serves as the inaugural Executive Director of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University where he leads the artistic, administrative, and philanthropic direction of the center. His work in performing arts presenting spans over fifteen years including Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), Friday Musicale (Jacksonville, Florida), the Porter Center for the Performing Arts (North Carolina), and Riverside Fine Arts Association (Jacksonville, Florida). Read more about Chris Heacox.

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Julie Huff

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communications
(334) 844-5777

Julie Huff is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications for the Provost’s Office and is responsible for coordinating the University’s strategic planning process, overseeing the communication initiatives for the Provost, and managing projects that support the strategic goals of the Provost’s Office. Read More about Julie Huff.

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Amanda Malone

Director, Provost Budget Services
(334) 844-0280

An Auburn alumna, Amanda Malone was born and raised in nearby Valley, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy/Business Administration. Prior to working in the Provost's Office, Amanda was an accountant in the Office of the Dean in the College of Human Sciences ... Read More about Amanda Malone

Margaret Marshall

Margaret Marshall, PhD

Director, Office of University Writing
(334) 844-7474

Margaret Marshall received her PhD from the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan in 1991. Before joining Auburn in January 2010 as Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Program she served as Director of the University of Pittsburgh's Writing Center... Read More about Margret Marshall.

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Keerry Ransel

Kerry Ransel

Special Assistant to the Provost for Human Resources
(334) 844-2940

Ransel was born in Munster, Indiana and received a bachelor's degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a master's degree in Environmental Science from Ohio University in Athens. However, her career led her in other directions, gaining experience in personnel-related fields. Read More about Kerry Ransel

Lavelle Bledsoe

Lavelle Bledsoe

Administrative Support Specialist
(334) 844-5771

Lavelle is an Opelika native. She graduated from Opelika High School and attended Southern Union State Community College. She has been working in the Provost Office since 2008.  Prior to working at Auburn University, she worked at International Paper for 27 years. Her responsibilities as... Read More about Lavelle Bledsoe.

Last Updated: January 03, 2019