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The University of Kentucky Office of the Provost is committed to being a resource for all of the University of Kentucky, with a primary emphasis on enhancing UK's academic excellence and its brand as an institution that focuses on the Commonwealth in ways that have a global impact.

The following individuals serve within the Office of the Provost and look forward to hearing from you with questions or comments about the items that are listed under their names.

Office of the Provost

Christine Riordan, Provost

Dr. Christine M. Riordan is the Provost of the University of Kentucky.  Provost Riordan oversees all of the academic operations of the University of Kentucky, which has more than 29,000 students, 19,000 full and part-time employees and a budget of $2.7 billion.  The Provost is responsible for supporting and advancing academic programs, teaching, and scholarship at UK.  This oversight includes 16 colleges, an extensive library system, undergraduate education, graduate education, enrollment management, information technology, student support services, international programs, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness.  You may contact Provost Riordan  by emailing

Hannah Eddy, Director of Provost’s Initiatives

As Director of Provost’s Initiatives at the University of Kentucky, Hannah is responsible for consulting with, advising, and collaborating with the Provost and her senior leadership team on a wide variety of projects.  Please contact Hannah ( with questions regarding:

  • see tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan 2014 – 2020
  • Reports released by the Office of the Provost
  • Initiatives and Task Forces led by the Provost
  • Marketing and public relations efforts
Kris Hobson, Chief of Staff

Kristine M. Hobson is the Provost's Chief of Staff, serving as the principal aide and logistics manager for the Provost. She has been with the University since 1978, spending a majority of her time working in the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and, since 2001, in the Office of the Provost.  Please contact Kris ( with questions regarding:

  • The Dean’s Council
  • Open searches for positions posted through the Office of the Provost, including Dean searches
  • The Provost’s communications with the Board of Trustees
Ann Becker, Executive Assistant

Ann Becker is the Executive Assistant for the Office of the Provost.  She collaborates with colleges, departments, centers and community partners to coordinate events, conferences, workshops, lectures and programs.  Please contact Ann ( with questions regarding:

  • The Provost’s calendar, including invitations to events
  • Open Office Hours

Associate Provosts

Susan Carvalho, Associate Provost for Internationalization; Interim Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School 

Susan Carvalho oversees the UK International Center, which houses Education Abroad, International Student & Scholar Services (including immigration issues), the China Office and Confucius Institute, international undergraduate recruitment, and the Japanese Saturday School associated with Toyota and other Japanese businesses of central Kentucky. The International Center also handles all international memoranda of agreements, advises on external funding opportunities for international projects, and guides campus-wide discussion of international strategy and policies. Please contact Susan ( with questions regarding:

  • Academic advising, adaptation to US academic culture, or other issues related to support of our international students
  • Invitations to visiting scholars or the various visa types associated with international visitors
  • Student opportunities for Education Abroad (including faculty-led programs abroad), as well as all travel abroad by student groups under UK’s auspices (see AR 4:9)
  • Setting up partnerships with international universities or entities for research, student exchange, faculty exchange, or other collaborations involving commitments and signatures
  • Safety, security, and university resources for faculty and staff traveling on UK business
  • The international dimension of college-level strategic plans, including international undergraduate recruitment

Susan Carvalho also serves as Interim Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, a resource for graduate education throughout the campus as well as the academic home of  two interdisciplinary graduate programs, the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce and the Martin School of Public Policy & Administration. In this role, Susan and her team address questions regarding:

  • Benchmark and best-practices data in graduate education
  • Admissions processes and requirements for master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs
  • Degree requirements and students’ academic status in graduate programs
  • Postdoctoral students and grant-funded graduate students
  • Inquiries regarding new graduate degree or certificate programs, or modifications to existing programs or courses
  • Coordination and resources related to assistantships (GA, RA, TA), as well as graduate and undergraduate health insurance
  • Preparation and management of theses and dissertations
  • Training and resources for department-based Directors of Graduate Studies 

GT Lineberry, Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Effectiveness

GT Lineberry is primarily responsible for all matters relating to the full span of the careers of 2284 faculty members at the University, as well as the first stop for internal and external stakeholders to issues related to assessment, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness.  Please contact GT (  for questions or issues related to:

  • Faculty professional development opportunities, including leadership development programs
  • Faculty promotion and tenure processes, regulations, and policies
  • Assistance in improving faculty members’ teaching skills (CELT)
  • University-level assessments, accreditation, and program review processes (Institutional Effectiveness)
  • The implementation, evaluation, and management of institutional effectiveness activities
  • Question concerning faculty position creation, faculty appointment, reappointment, promotions, granting of tenure, phased retirement, faculty leaves (including sabbaticals), and faculty performance evaluation processes and outcomes
  • Faculty-related human relations
  • Expertise regarding all Governing and Administrative Regulations that govern faculty rights and responsibilities in order to serve as a resource to both faculty and administrators
  • Faculty awards and award nominations
  • University interaction with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and SACSCOC
  • Dual-career partner services

Lisa S. Wilson, Associate Provost for Finance and Operations

Lisa Wilson is the Associate Provost for Finance and Operations.  She is responsible for oversight and direction of the Provost Area budgets, the new financial model implementation, area business and administrative process and policy, and the allocation of resources (including space) for all units reporting to the Provost.  Lisa is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has over 22 years of experience in higher education administration.  Please contact Lisa ( with questions regarding:

  • The Values-Based Financial Model
  • Budgetary questions or issues for academic units
  • Business Process or Policy concerns affecting academic units
  • Space allocation and needs assessments

Benjamin C. Withers, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Benjamin C. Withers leads the Division of Undergraduate Education (UGE). He and the staff in UGE collaborate with all undergraduate colleges to support and improve the undergraduate academic experience, student retention and success. He leads efforts for curricular reform, promotes advising, career exploration, enhancement of student’s learning environment, and directly supports the premier undergraduate programs. Contact Ben ( if you have questions about:

  • Undergraduate curriculum, especially UK Core, undergraduate certificates, and dual credit.
  • Appeals of the Kentucky statewide general education transfer, UK Academic Preparation Program requirements
  • How to declare a major, if you are in-between majors or have been suspended from a college and are still enrolled
  • Career advice, and university-wide internship and experiential learning courses.
  • Tutoring, academic counseling, and testing services.
  • Selective admission to The Honors Program, The Gaines Center for Humanities, The Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, Robinson Scholars and First Scholars
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research, service learning, National Student Exchange, and nationally competitive awards and scholarships

Don Witt, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management

As the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, Don is responsible for undergraduate student enrollment with a mission focused on the Strategic Plan. Enrollment Management includes the Office of Admission and University Registrar, Student Account Services, Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships, Veterans Resource Center, Transfer Center, and UK Visitor Center. Please contact Don ( with questions regarding:

  • Undergraduate Admission
  • University Registrar
  • Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships
  • Student Account Services
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • UK Transfer Center
  • UK Visitor Center

Senior Vice Provost

Vince Kellen, Senior Vice Provost for Analytics & Technologies

As the Senior Vice Provost for Analytics & Technologies (UKAT), Dr. Kellen leads a staff of approximately 275 and manages the development and support for IT strategic planning.   He and his staff collaborate with UK colleges and departments, UKHealthcare, industry vendors, and community leaders to deliver innovative technology. UKAT services include business intelligence, classroom technology, learning spaces, high performance computing, learning management systems, student information systems, data center operations, network infrastructure, e-learning and information technology support. Please contact Vince ( with questions regarding:

  • Academic Technology
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • End User Support
  • Enterprise Applications
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Services and Storage

Vice President

Robert Mock, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Robert C. Mock Jr., is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Kentucky. Vice President Mock is responsible for the overall supervision and direction of a Division of Student Affairs that includes: Office of the Dean of Students; UK Counseling Center; Dining Services; Plus Account Office; Catering; Residence Life and Housing Assignments Office; Student Center; Student Involvement; Off Campus Student Services; Student Publications; Disability Resources; Greek Affairs; Campus Recreation; The Violence Intervention & Prevention Center; Substance Education and Responsibility; New Student and Parent Programs; Judicial Affairs; and Student Affairs Administration. There are approximately 1,959 total employees including full-time, part-time, Graduate Assistants and work-study students within the Division of Student Affair. Please contact Robert Mock by emailing with questions regarding:

  • Student Activities
  • Student Health & Wellness
  • Student Media
  • Student Complaints
  • Student Services
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