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Office of the Provost

Osborne Administration Building

About the Office of the Provost

Organization and Responsibilities

The individual responsibilities and duties of officers are listed below.  For more information about reporting offices and programs, see a complete organization chart [pdf].


Provost Gabel

Joan T.A. Gabel, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost

Provost Gabel is the chief academic officer of the University of South Carolina. She oversees the schools and colleges of the USC Columbia campus. The Provost is charged with overall leadership of academic affairs of the university, including curriculum development and establishment of academic standards in the schools and colleges. Click to download Provost Gabel's curriculum vitae [pdf].

Cheryl L. Addy headshot

Cheryl L. Addy, Ph.D., vice provost and dean of the graduate school

Dr. Addy is responsible for coordinating and advancing the interests of faculty, including leadership training, family friendly requests, tenure, promotion, and review, endowed chairs, dean reviews, internal grants and SEC travel grants. She also serves as dean of the Graduate School and oversees institutional research and assessment, policies, and communications. 

John Dozier Portrait

John H. Dozier, Ed.D., senior associate provost for inclusion and chief diversity officer

Dr. Dozier is responsible for leading diversity and inclusion efforts that are focused on creating a learning, living and working environment that embodies values stated in the Carolinian Creed. He also oversees the Coordinating Office for Community Engagement and the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation. Click to learn more about the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Kelly Headshot Photo

Sandra J. Kelly, Ph.D., vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies

Dr. Kelly oversees undergraduate general education requirements, the First-Year Reading Experience and provides guidance on undergraduate academic initiatives within and beyond the classroom.  She is responsible for oversight of the Center for Teaching Excellence, USC Connect, On Your Time, Continuing Education and Conferences, USCreativity, and the University Advising Center. She also is the liaison for the Faculty Principals to the Office of the Provost.

Allen Miller Portrait

P. Allen Miller, Ph.D., vice provost and director of global carolina

Dr. Miller is responsible for growing international recruitment among students and developing international relationships worldwide as the head of Global Carolina.  He also oversees the university partnership with Shorelight, the Rule of Law Collaborative and manages the University of South Carolina Press.


Additional Members of Provost's Executive Cabinet

Meera Narasimhan, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., special advisor to the president for health innovations
Chris Nesmith, Ph.D., associate provost for palmetto college campuses and dean of extended university
Dennis Pruitt, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, vice provost and dean of students
R. Caughman Taylor, M.D., special advisor to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost


Office Staff

Office staff can be emailed by clicking on the individual’s name below.

Appointments with Provost and Vice Provosts

Penny Bellesen, executive assistant
- Appointments with Provost Joan Gabel
- Council of Academic Deans (information, scheduling, agendas, etc.)

Coyet Greene, administrative coordinator
- Faculty Awards
- Financials
- Internal Grants 
- Provost Office events

Kareemah Hosendove, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with John Dozier
- Events for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
- Communications and marketing

Vacant, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Sandra Kelly
- Undergraduate Studies coordination
- Communications

Vacant, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Cheryl Addy 
- Coordinates ALDP
- Coordinates SEC Travel Grants
- University policy updates

Trudie Wierts, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Allen Miller
- Global Carolina coordination
- International travel

 Academic Administration

Mary Alexander, assistant provost and chief of staff
 - Provost office budgeting
 - Academic unit budget oversight
 - Administrative management of the Office of the Provost
 - Academic blueprints
 - Internal grants administration
 - Analysis, reporting and data collection
 - Classroom Enhancements and Space Needs and Planning (SNAP) committees coordination

Academic Resources

Vicki Lewter, human resources coordinator
 - Human resources coordination
 - Emeritus status requests
 - Sabbatical leave

Terrie Smith, Ph.D., assistant provost for faculty affairs
 - Tenure and promotion, post-tenure review, and third year review coordination
 - Non-tenure-track promotion coordination
 - Hire with tenure coordination
 - Endowed Chairs and named professorship coordination
 - Family friendly requests
 - Non-tenure track faculty criteria policies and procedures coordination

Communications and Information Resources

Geniese James, director of information resources
 - Main Office of the Provost sites:
   Tenure & Promotion, University Policies, Carolina Core, First-Year Reading Experience,
   Undergraduate Studies, USC Connect, Global Carolina, Academic Programs Proposal System

 - Information technology resources and projects
 - SharePoint development and support
 - Website design and development

Vacant, administrative coordinator
- Appointments with Sandra Kelly
- Web communications
- Communications and marketing

 Roseanne Shaw, program coordinator
- Calendar & Space Reservation System


Reporting Administrators

Reporting to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Joan Gabel
Tena Crews, Ph.D., associate provost, Academic Programs
Terrie Smith, Ph.D., assistant provost for faculty affairs

Reporting to Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Sandra Kelly
Shelley Dempsey, M.Ed., MBA, director, On Your Time Initiatives
August (Augie) E. Grant, Ph.D., director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Claire Robinson, Ph.D., director, University Advising Center
Kate Shelton, director, Continuing Education and Conference Services
Irma Van Scoy, Ph.D., executive director, USC Connect

Learning Community Principals

Preston Residential College: Lara Lomicka Anderson, Ph.D.
Capstone: Patrick Hickey, Ph.D.
Galen Fellows: David Simmons, Ph.D.
Green Quad: William J. Jones, Ph.D.
International House at Maxcy College: David Snyder, Ph.D.
Rhodos Fellows: Simon Tarr, Ph.D.

Reporting to Vice Provost P. Allen Miller
Richard Brown, Ph.D., director, USC Press
Wesley Curtis, Ph.D., director, English Programs for Internationals
Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D., director, Study Abroad
Jody Pritt, M.A., director, International Student Services
Joel Samuels, J.D., director, Rule of Law Collaborative

Reporting to Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Cheryl Addy
Sabrina Andrews, M.S., executive director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analytics
Janice Breuer, Ph.D., faculty civility advocate
Heather Brandt, Ph.D., associate dean, Graduate School
Murray Mitchell, Ph.D., senior associate dean, Graduate School