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About the Provost's Office

About the Provost's Office

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University, and provides overall administration and coordination over all of the academic programs of the University. Areas of supervision include the activities of the academic area deans, the University Registrar's Office, the Library, the Academic Services Center, and the Academic Success Center. The Provost makes recommendations to the President regarding the selection, evaluation and professional development of part-time and full-time faculty, and also prepares and oversees the academic area budget.

There are four staff positions in the Provost's Office:

  • Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs is Vice Provost, Accreditation Liaison Officer, and Professor of English. As professor of English, Dr. Jacobs' areas of interest include English education, comparative literature, science fiction and fantasy literature, Latin American literature, mythology/folklore and Native American literature.
  • Dr. Neal McBride is the Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment. Dr. McBride coordinates the academic assessment program, maintains and updates institutional statistics and annual reports, and coordinates preparation for regional accreditation visits.
  • Mrs. Lynette Risner, the Administrative Assistant to the Provost, provides administrative support for the Provost and staff in the Provost's Office and supervises secretaries in the schools and colleges.
  • Dr. Tracy Ward is the Associate Provost for Administration. Dr. Ward oversees the administrative functions of the Academic Affairs division, including fiscal management, space planning and day-to-day operations. She also supervises the Registrar and the Dean of Academic Services, who are responsible for student records and program and policy analysis to facilitate student progress to graduation.

California Baptist University is composed of six professional schools, the College of Allied Health and the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. The professional schools include the Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education, the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business, the School of Behavioral Sciences, the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music, the School of Christian Ministries and the School of Nursing. The deans of these schools and colleges serve on the Provost's Council, which is charged with carrying out California Baptist University's academic policies.