Aileen Ball is the executive assistant to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She provides executive and administrative management in direct support of the vice provost and is the lead liaison and project manager for projects and strategic priorities originating from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost. She provides public relations assistance for the Senior Vice Provost, ensuring accurate and timely communications with diverse audiences.
Before joining the Office of the Provost in 2014, Aileen worked for KU Libraries in a variety of roles, most recently as the assistant and project manager for the Associate Deans. Aileen holds a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Knox College and master’s degrees from Indiana University in Classical Studies and Library Science.
Linda Bonebrake joined the staff in the Office of the Provost in October, 2010. As Assistant to the Provost, she oversees the Provost’s calendar and correspondence, arranges travel, and coordinates events. Linda began her career at KU in 1998, where she served as Assistant to the Senior Vice Provost. In 2003, she became Assistant to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts and then served as Assistant to the Dean of the School of Music when Fine Arts was reorganized in 2009. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.
Jana Collins joined the staff in the Office of the Provost in September 2014. She is the assistant to Sara Rosen, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and works closely with Abby Coffin and Aileen Ball on various projects for the Academic Affairs team. Jana began her career at KU in 2012, where she served as an Academic Advisor for the School of Education. Before coming to KU, she was employed as an Administrative Assistant in the finance industry in New York, NY for five years. Jana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Baker University and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas.
Emily is the assistant to Diane Goddard and Linda Luckey. She joined the staff in the Provost’s Office in 2007 and previously worked in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office since 2002. Before coming to KU she was a paralegal for an amusement park and also worked in a law office.
Received her Bachelors in Economics in 1977 from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, and her MBA from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS in 1990.
Diane is currently the Vice Provost for Administration and Finance for the Lawrence Campus of the University of Kansas. Diane is strategically leading the implementation of Changing for Excellence which is a comprehensive transformational review of KU’s administrative practices. She works closely with the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor on fiscal strategies for the campus, particularly in relation to tuition and the research foundation. Her responsibilities as Vice Provost also include oversight of the campus fiscal and operational functions including the Budget office, Comptroller’s Office, Purchasing Office, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities Services, Design and Construction Management, Capital Planning and Space Management, Public Safety Office, Environmental Health and Safety, Sustainability, Parking and Transit, and the KU Card Office.
Prior to becoming the Vice Provost for Finance in November 2008 she was the Associate Vice Provost/Comptroller for the Lawrence Campus of The University of Kansas. As Comptroller since 1998 her principal responsibility included maintaining institutional fiscal integrity and accountability. She has also served as Acting Budget Director, the Director of Purchasing and as Associate Comptroller at the University of Kansas. From 1984 – 1991 Diane was Associate Director at the Kansas Geological Survey.
Prior to coming to the University of Kansas she was the Chief Accountant/Controller at Yale University Health Services, New Haven, Connecticut. She also served as Business Manager for the Yale University Art Gallery in the early 1980’s.
Laura joined the staff in the Office of the Provost in March, 2011, reporting to Vice Provost Mary Lee Hummert. As Coordinator for Faculty Development she coordinates faculty programs such as promotion and tenure, sabbatical, phased retirement, faculty leaves, and awards. Laura began her career at KU in 1992, where she served as an Academic User Services documentation and training specialist at the computer center. She also served as a Program Manager at the Natural History Museum. From 2000-2006 she was employed as a Program Manager at Sprint in Overland Park. Most recently she served as a Program Assistant at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center in the Office of Technology Commercialization. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Certificate from the George Washington University Project Management Institute.
Mary Lee Hummert (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1987) is Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Professor of Communication Studies, and on the faculty of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Gerontology. She joined the Provost's Office in September, 2006, and previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Research. Key responsibilities in her current position include administration of faculty programs and policies, such as new faculty orientation, the promotion and tenure process, sabbatical leave, etc. In addition, she coordinates development programs for department chairs/program directors and serves as the liaison in the Provost's office for the Ombuds Office, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Fine Arts, Journalism, Law, and Social Welfare. Dr. Hummert's research examines the social cognitive processes linking age stereotypes and communication. She has published extensively in communication, psychology, and gerontology journals, and is the co-editor of two books on communication and aging.
Linda Luckey assists the provost as chief of staff, monitoring strategic planning initiatives, day-to-day operations of the Office of the Provost, and coordinates special events for the provost. Since coming to KU in 1996 Linda served as Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations, and Assistant to Provost. She was the founding director of the Center for Service Learning, is the advisor for KU Alternative Breaks, and teaches COMS 201: Introduction to Leadership. Before coming to KU, Linda was the Vice President for Business Affairs at the Chicago Theological Seminary, from which she holds a Master of Divinity Degree.
Jenny Mehmedovic is executive assistant to the vice provost for faculty development. Her responsibilities include coordinating academic leadership and faculty development efforts, including programming for Senior Administrative Fellows, developing discussion forums for department chairs, and coordination of peer mentoring groups for a variety of faculty audiences.
Before joining the Office of the Provost in 2008, she served for 6 years in the Office of the Vice Provost for Information Services as coordinator of information technology policy and planning, where she developed and educated users on information technology policy for the university community. Jenny has presented nationally on topics including information security, records management, and policy development, as well as leadership, ethics, organizational and professional development, effective teams, and working from your strengths. She provides professional facilitation upon request to groups engaged in strategic planning, team building, and process improvement. Jenny has also been employed at KU in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, and has held an internal audit position with Sprint. Jenny is a member of the EDUCAUSE Connect 2015 Program Committee and served as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute from 2009-2012. A 2005 Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, Jenny has bachelor's degrees in anthropology and Spanish and a master's degree in business administration.
Sharon serves as the Business Manager for the areas of Provost Office; Faculty Development; and Diversity & Equity. In this role she manages the area budgets including State, Endowment and Research funds and advises the Vice Provosts on annual budgets.
She works closely with the Campus Administration and Operations Shared Service Center to ensure any management desired reports are accurate and timely. Sharon supervises the administrative support staff for the Provost Office and serves as the office manager dealing with the day-to-day operations. Prior to joining the KU family she worked for 13 years at Kansas State University.
Chris Stoppel is the executive associate to the Vice Provost for Administration & Finance. He provides executive and administrative management in direct support of the vice provost. Chris is the lead liaison and project manager for initiatives originating from the vice provost.
Before joining the Office of the Provost in 2014, Chris worked in the Budget Office as a budget analyst. He assisted academic unit budgeteers with their working budgets. He created university revenue and tuition projections. Chris coordinated KU’s undergraduate orientation in New Student Orientation/Office of First-Year Experience from 2007-2013. He Chris was an Area Coordinator Senior in Residence Life & Dining Services at the University of Wyoming from 2005-2007. He worked for Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman (EKS&H) in Denver as a staff account from 2002-2003. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration (2001) and a master’s degree in accounting and information systems (2002) from KU. He also has a master’s degree in higher education (2005) from Iowa State University.
Chris live in Lawrence with his wife, Meghan, and children, Oliver and Emily. He is big fan and advocate for all things Jayhawk.
Dr. Jeffrey Vitter is the provost and executive vice chancellor and the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. As provost, Dr. Vitter is the chief academic and operations officer for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. He oversees strategic planning and implementation, which focus on excellence in four important areas: energizing the educational environment, elevating doctoral education, driving discovery and innovation, and engaging scholarship for public impact. Key enablers include developing people, synergy, diversity, external support, efficiency, and infrastructure. Further details appear in his curriculum vitae.
Before coming to KU, Dr. Vitter held a similar post at Texas A&M University. He served as the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science and as Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. He held a distinguished professorship at Duke University and served at Duke as chair of the Department of Computer Science. He had earlier progressed through the faculty ranks and in leadership roles at Brown University.
His educational degrees include a B.S. with highest honors in mathematics in 1977 from the University of Notre Dame; a Ph.D. in computer science under Prof. Don Knuth in 1980 from Stanford University; and an M.B.A. in 2002 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His hometown is New Orleans, Louisiana (as everyone who knows him knows!). He and his wife Sharon (née Weaver, KU Pharmacy '78) have three children.
Dr. Vitter serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. He served on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), where he continues to co-chair the Government Affairs Committee. He has served as Chair of ACM SIGACT, the Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory of the world's largest computer professional organization, the Association for Computing Machinery.
Dr. Vitter’s research deals with the algorithmic aspects of processing, compressing, and communicating massive amounts of information. He has been elected a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has been named National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, a Fulbright Scholar, and an IBM Faculty Development Awardee. He has over 280 book, journal, conference, and patent publications reflecting his research interests. His Google Scholar h-index is 60, and he is an ISI highly cited researcher.