People

Barbara Bichelmeyer, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, Chief Learning Officer
785-864-4904
Strong Hall, Room 250

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Ph.D., an academic leader in the field instructional design and technology, was appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas in February 2020. Bichelmeyer, a Kansas City native, also holds an appointment as a professor in the KU School of Education & Human Sciences.

Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research
Vice Chancellor for Research
785-864-7298
Youngberg Hall
Charles (Charlie) Bankart, Associate Vice Provost, International Affairs
Associate Vice Provost - International Affairs
785-864-6161
Strong Hall, 300

Charlie Bankart is the associate vice provost for international affairs at the University of Kansas, where he serves as KU’s senior international affairs officer.  He is responsible for providing institution-wide leadership in support of university internationalization and directs central KU International Affairs Administration.  He also oversees the operations of the Applied English Center, International Short Programs, International Support Services, International Admissions and Study Abroad & Global Engagement.

Sarah Bowling
Administrative Associate for Faculty Development
785-864-4912
Strong Hall, 145
Vice Provost for Faculty Development, J. Christopher Brown
Vice Provost for Faculty Development
(785) 864-4904
Associate Director of Internal Communications
785-864-0236
Strong Hall, 250
Stuart Day, Dean of the Edwards Campus and the School of Professional Studies
Dean of the Edwards Campus and the School of Prof. Studies, Prof. of Spanish
913-897-8400
Regnier Hall 170
Tammara L. Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
(785) 864-4060
Strong Hall, Room 133

Tammara Durham joined KU in 1998 as assistant director of the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center. She served as director of the University Advising Center from 2004 to 2011. Durham was named vice provost for student affairs at the University of Kansas in May 2012 after serving as interim vice provost since September 2011. Prior to that, she served as associate vice provost for Student Success since January 2011.

As the vice provost for student affairs, Durham is the senior student affairs officer for the main campus in Lawrence and is responsible for student life, support and leadership programs, student auxiliary services and student-supported wellness programs. The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs coordinates and develops student support services and programs and serves as an advocate for student needs across the university community that contribute to overall academic success.

Durham received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Missouri State University and her doctorate from the University of Kansas in higher education administration.

Haines Eason, Communications Coordinator
Communications Coordinator, KU IT
785-864-1810
Price Computing Center
Emily Eichler, Administrative Associate
Administrative Associate
(785) 864-4901
Strong Hall, Room 250

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.

Interim Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging D A Graham
Interim Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
785-864-0063
Sharon D. Graham, Vice Provost for Lifelong and Professional Education
Vice Provost for Lifelong and Professional Education
913-897-8767
Regents Center 125
Chris Gregory, Senior Director of Strategic Alignment & Marketing
Senior Director of Strategic Alignment & Marketing
913-897-8611
Regents Center 125
Jason Hornberger,  Vice Provost - Finance
Vice Provost - Finance
(785) 864-9140
Jill Hummels, Director of Internal Communications
Director of Internal Communications
785-864-6577
Strong Hall, Room 250
Addison Keegan-Harris, Administrative Assistant, Diversity & Equity
Administrative Assistant, Diversity & Equity
785-864-1602
Strong Hall, 250
Vice Provost for Academic Success Susan Klusmeier
Vice Provost for Academic Success
785-864-4961
Strong Hall, 156
Chief of Staff
Annie McBride, Director of Projects and Policy Development
Director of Projects and Policy Development, Office of Diversity & Equity
785-864-3600
Strong Hall, Room 250
Richard McKinney, Associate Vice Provost for Finance
Associate Vice Provost for Finance
(785) 864-3136
Strong Hall, Room 250
Associate Director for Faculty Developement Jenny Mehmedovic
Associate Director for Faculty Development, Safe Zone Ally
785-864-4532
Strong Hall, 145

Jenny Mehmedovic is associate director of the Center for Faculty Development & Mentoring at The University of Kansas. Jenny is an experienced facilitator with more than 20 years in higher education. In her work, Jenny seeks to foster faculty and academic leadership development and the creation of inclusive work environments. Her current professional focus is on building peer mentoring networks and other active learning opportunities for a variety of faculty audiences. Jenny has presented nationally on topics including leadership, organizational change, 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 is an active member of the Community of Practice for Faculty Affairs Professionals. She formerly served as a member of the EDUCAUSE Connect 2015 Program Committee, as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute from 2009-2012, and is a 2005 Frye Leadership Institute Fellow. Jenny has bachelor's degrees in anthropology and Spanish and a master's degree in business administration.

Matt Melvin, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
(785) 864-7110
Jean Redeker, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
785-864-1025
Strong Hall, 250
Jennifer Roberts, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Professor of Geology
785-864-8040
Strong Hall, room 213A

Dr. Jennifer A. Roberts is the Director and Managing Trustee of the Self Graduate Fellowship Department. She also serves as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and is a Professor in the Department of Geology. Dr. Roberts received her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and served as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Water Research Division of the USGS before joining the University of Kansas in 2001. Her research focuses on hydrochemistry and microbial geochemistry, bridging basic and applied science to better understand the role of microorganisms in mineral weathering as it applies to carbon sequestration, petroleum reservoir diagenesis, paleoclimate, and water quality from nano- to landscape-scales. Prior to her roles with Graduate Studies, Dr. Roberts served as Chair of the Geology Department.

For her research as well as her teaching, Dr. Roberts has received recognition such as the Professional Excellence Award from the Association for Women in Geoscience, the Docking Young Faculty Scholar Award, and the Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Women Mentoring Women Award, among others. Her work has also received multiple major funding awards from institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the Army Corps of Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mike Rounds, Vice Provost for Human Resources, Public Safety & Operations
Vice Provost for Human Resources, Public Safety & Operations
Nick Stevens, Chief Data Officer
Chief Data Officer, Director, Analytics, Institutional Research & Effectiveness
785-864-4914
Holly Storkel, Vice Provost for Assessment & Program Development
Vice Provost for Assessment & Program Development
785-864-3661
Strong Hall, Room 200
Maria Thompson, Office Manager
Office Manager
(785) 864-3136
Strong Hall, Room 250
Faunia Tuma
Executive Associate for the Provost
785-864-4905
Strong Hall, Room 250
Alma Varela
Administrative Associate for Academic Affairs, Receptionist, Provost Office
785-864-4904
Strong Hall, Room 250
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