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Provost Bill Hardgrave

Bill Hardgrave, PhD

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Bill Hardgrave began serving as Auburn University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in January, 2018. He is the Wells Fargo Professor in the Harbert College of Business, where he also served as dean from August 2010 through December 2017.

As the chief academic officer, Provost Hardgrave provides leadership to Auburn’s 13 colleges and schools and oversees the university’s academic resources, support units, and instructional and research programs. Establishing the academic priorities for the university, Hardgrave leads initiatives designed to promote student and faculty success and ensures the quality of student learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Providing leadership to the faculty, Hardgrave manages the processes for faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions, and tenure.

As dean, Hardgrave oversaw the growth of the Harbert College of Business to include significant increases in student enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, resources for students and faculty, and research advancements. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, including a $40 million gift from 1982 alumnus and namesake Raymond Harbert. Read More about Provost Hardgrave

J. Emmett Winn

J. Emmett Winn, PhD

Associate Provost
(334) 844-5776

Dr. J. Emmett Winn is a Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism and has been serving as Associate Provost since 2009. Winn earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Read More about Dr. Winn

Constance Relihan

Constance Relihan, PhD

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
(334) 844-4924

Constance C. Relihan joined the Auburn faculty in 1990 and currently holds the rank of Professor in the English Department. Prior to accepting the position as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies... Read More about Dr. Relihan

Bobby Woodard

Bobby Woodard, PhD

Associate Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs
(334) 844-2354

Dr. Bobby R. Woodard¬†is the university’s senior student affairs officer and oversees 12 departments who directly serve more than 25,000 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Woodard and the Division of Student Affairs promote personal growth and development of Auburn University students by cultivating a supportive campus environment and engaging students through advanced learning and leadership opportunities. Read More about Dr. Woodward

Taffye Benson Clayton

Taffye Benson Clayton, EdD

Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity
(334) 844-4184

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton is the inaugural Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Auburn University.  Dr. Clayton and her team are tasked with expanding Auburn’s diversity and inclusion footprint within the institution and nationally.  Dr. Clayton formerly served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at East Carolina University.  Read More about Dr. Clayton

Royrickers Cook

Royrickers Cook, PhD

Associate Provost and Vice President for University Outreach
(334) 844-5700

Dr. Royrickers Cook provides university-wide leadership for all outreach and engagement initiatives, spanning 12 colleges and schools, aimed at advancing Auburn University’s outreach mission of applying its educational resources to problems and issues faced by citizens of the State of Alabama and beyond. Read More about Dr. Cook

Overtoun Jenda

Overtoun Jenda, PhD

Assistant Provost for Special Projects and Initiatives
(334) 844-4184

Dr Jenda was a faculty at University of Malawi, University of Botswana, and University of Kentucky before coming to Auburn University in 1988. Read More about Dr. Jenda


Drew Clark

Drew Clark, PhD

Director, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
(334) 844-4765

Drew Clark joined the faculty of Auburn University in 1982 and holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of English, where he long taught courses on English Renaissance literature and on the Bible.He became the University's Director of Assessment in 2001 and Director of... Read More about Drew Clark

Megan Good

Megan Good, PhD

Director, Academic Assessment
(334) 844-6844

Dr. Megan Rodgers Good is the Director of Academic Assessment at Auburn University, serving as a resource to academic programs on all phases of student learning outcomes assessment (e.g., outcome creation, instrument development, data collection strategies). Megan earned her PhD in Assessment and Measurement from James Madison University. Her doctoral work focused on connecting assessment with teaching and learning strategies to evidence student learning growth at a programmatic level.

Christopher Heacox

Executive Director, Gogue Performing Arts Center
(334) 844-7217

Christopher J. Heacox serves as the inaugural Executive Director of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University where he leads the artistic, administrative, and philanthropic direction of the center. His work in performing arts presenting spans over fifteen years including Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), Friday Musicale (Jacksonville, Florida), the Porter Center for the Performing Arts (North Carolina), and Riverside Fine Arts Association (Jacksonville, Florida). Read more about Chris Heacox.

Julie Huff Auburn University

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communications
(334) 844-5777

Julie Huff is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications for the Provost’s Office and is responsible for coordinating the University’s strategic planning process, overseeing the communication initiatives for the Provost, and managing projects that support the strategic goals of the Provost’s Office. Read More about Julie Huff.

Julie Huff

Amanda Malone

Director, Provost Budget Services
(334) 844-0280

An Auburn alumna, Amanada Malone was born and raised in neaby Valley, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy/Business Administration. Prior to working in the Provost's Office, Amanda was an accountant in the Office of the Dean in the College of Human Sciences ... Read More about Amanda Malone

Margaret Marshall

Margaret Marshall, PhD

Director, Office of University Writing
(334) 844-7474

Margaret Marshall received her PhD from the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan in 1991. Before joining Auburn in January 2010 as Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Program she served as Director of the University of Pittsburgh's Writing Center... Read More about Margret Marshall.

Provost's Staff

Keerry Ransel

Kerry Ransel

Special Assistant to the Provost for Human Resources
(334) 844-2940

Ransel was born in Munster, Indiana and received a bachelor's degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a master's degree in Environmental Science from Ohio University in Athens. However, her career led her in other directions, gaining experience in personnel-related fields. Read More about Kerry Ransel

Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson

Information Technology Manager
(334) 844-6851

Kevin Watson is a 1997 Auburn University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is a fourth generation Auburn University employee in his 20th year of service. Kevin provides support and consultation . . .Read More about Kevin Watson.

Lavelle Bledsoe

Lavelle Bledsoe

Administrative Support Specialist
(334) 844-5771

Lavelle is an Opelika native. She graduated from Opelika High School and attended Southern Union State Community College. She has been working in the Provost Office since 2008.  Prior to working at Auburn University, she worked at International Paper for 27 years. Her responsibilities as... Read More about Lavelle Bledsoe.


Last Updated: May 07, 2018