Offices of the Provost

Mission of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost is the chief academic officer and the senior university officer next to the President. The Provost is the President’s principal adviser in all matters pertaining to the development and execution of a well-conceived and organized curriculum, administered and taught by a faculty of the highest qualifications. The Provost oversees academic planning and budgeting and works with the Vice Presidents to accomplish the University’s educational objectives.

The mission of the Provost and Senior VPAA’s office is to support and enhance a creative, inclusive, academic environment in which students participating in the university’s diverse teaching, research, and service programs may flourish by acquiring, advancing, and applying knowledge. Along with the Provost, the deans of the colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, Health, Honors, Nursing, and Science and Technology; the directors of the University Libraries, Learning Enhancement Center, Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Institute for Disability Studies, and Graduate Studies; and the Academic Council, Graduate Council, Faculty Senate, and the Council of Chairs provide leadership and support in achieving this mission.

  • Allison Gillespie
  • Assistant to the Provost for Academic Affairs
  • allison.gillespie@usm.edu
  • 601-266-5002
  • Kennard-Washington Hall, Room 200
  • Debby Hill
  • Assistant to the Provost for Operations
  • debby.hill@usm.edu
  • 601-266-6579
  • Kennard-Washington Hall, Room 200
  • Linda Dorsey
  • Budget and Personnel Coordinator
  • linda.dorsey@usm.edu
  • 601-266-5844
  • Kennard-Washington Hall, Room 200