As the Provost of West Virginia University, Joyce McConnell, JD, LLM, is the chief academic officer responsible for the administration of all academic policies, programs, facilities, and budgetary matters. She is committed to WVU’s land-grant mission of ensuring access to exceptional education, supporting and facilitating innovative research, and serving the needs of the state and people of West Virginia.
Provost McConnell is also an academic who has dedicated her career to improving legal education. As a teacher, scholar, and higher education administrator, she has focused on two educational innovations: multidisciplinary learning and clinical legal education.
Prior to her appointment as Provost, McConnell served as Dean of the WVU College of Law (2008-2014). At the College of Law, she expanded the College’s multidisciplinary opportunities throughout the University and implemented state-of-the-art experiential and clinical programs and facilities that support curricular innovation. She made this possible by raising $36 million in A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.
McConnell was named the 2014 Public Servant of the Year by the West Virginia Association for Justice. In 2010, she was awarded the Special Places Award by West Virginia Land Trust. She earned an undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College, a law degree from Antioch School of Law and a master of laws from Georgetown University Law Center.
In addition to being passionately committed to WVU, McConnell is an advocate for LGBTQ rights, for gender equity in the workplace, and for the preservation and protection of our environment. She is a past President of three sections of the Associations of American Law Schools: the sections on the Dean, on natural resources and energy law, and on women in legal education. McConnell currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the West Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and President-Elect of the West Virginia Bar Association. She was also Chair of the very successful 2015 West Virginia University United Way Campaign.
In making the Provost appointment last year, WVU President Gordon Gee said of McConnell, “She understands the bold vision of a major land-grant university and its primary mission to serve our state and its citizens. Her commitment to this University and to West Virginia is evident; it’s truly a passion.”
Whenever McConnell has a free weekend—which is not often—she escapes to a cabin in Lewisburg, West Virginia to relax, sit in a hammock, and “just be.”
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Provost
As the Vice Provost at West Virginia University, Dr. Russell K. Dean serves as the Provost’s chief deputy and acts on her behalf in her absence. He also serves as liaison with the appropriate persons and units on all matters involving academic facilities, deals with budget matters as they relate to those units that report to the Provost, develops the University’s request for discretionary WVU Foundation funds, and provides oversight for the Provost’s Office accounts to assure that expenditures from them are in accord with relevant policies. Dr. Dean is also chair of the Information Technology Oversight Committee, vice chair of the University Planning Committee, and co-chair of the Enrollment Management Council.
Dr. Dean has been with WVU since 1979, when he was hired as an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. He is tenured in the College of Engineering and served as the Director of Graduate Programs for the college for four years. He joined the Provost’s Office in 1989 as Assistant Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction, in which role he was responsible for central oversight of all academic programs. Dr. Dean served as Senior Associate Provost from 1999 to 2014. He was made Vice Provost in September, 2014.
Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost
Office of the Provost
Dr. C. B. Wilson is Associate Provost for Academic Personnel at West Virginia University, where he is the Provost’s principal deputy in all matters involving faculty appointments, evaluation, promotion, and tenure. Dr. Wilson is also responsible for matters relating to university faculty awards, sabbatical leaves, and a variety of professional development programs. He is also active on the board of Arts Monongahela and has served on the board of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Donna M. Pancoast
Office of the Provost
Dr. Katherine Karraker is the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs at West Virginia University. Her responsibilities include providing oversight for graduate and professional programs, recommending and implementing policy, organizing program reviews and assessment, facilitating graduate student recruitment, retention, and timely degree completion, and managing fellowship, tuition waiver, and professional development programs for graduate students. Dr. Karraker is also a Professor of Psychology.
Office of Graduate Education and Life
Dr. Sue Day-Perroots is Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and is responsible for providing leadership to the University’s undergraduate academic programs and modes of instruction; leading the institution’s student learning outcomes assessment; leading the development and implementation of student retention efforts; overseeing the Board of Governor’s program reviews; and supervising the Center for Service and Learning and military science and aerospace studies. As Dean of University College, Dr. Day-Perroots leads the college and supports its mission of providing a foundation for student success. She will also oversee the annual Higher Education Policy Commission compact and be the lead contact person for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement Initiative. Dr. Day-Perroots was previously Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation, where she led the tremendous expansion of the university’s online programming (including massive open online courses) and K-12 educational outreach within the state.
Office of the Provost
Dr. John P. Campbell is Associate Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. In this role, he is responsible for providing institution-wide leadership to the University’s technology infrastructure. John’s efforts focus on leading the institution’s strategic and resource planning as well as service delivery. Prior to his appointment at WVU, he was the Associate Vice President for Academic Technologies at Purdue University. His responsibilities focused on the support, empowerment, and enhancement of faculty efforts in research and teaching/learning. During the past ten years, Dr. Campbell has examined methods to use academic analytics to identify students at risk within courses. He was the founder of the Signals project which has been featured on NBC and in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Signals project has also been awarded the 2012 Noel-Levitz Retention Award, the 2011 Digital Educational Achievement Award, and the 2011 Campus Technology Innovators Award for Teaching and Learning. His doctorate was earned at Purdue University in Higher Education Administration.
Elizabeth A. Hamilton
Dr. Elizabeth A. Hamilton is West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Strategic Action and an Adjunct Professor in the West Virginia University Department of Philosophy. Dr. Hamilton concentrates on integrating academic, financial, and facilities planning to promote efficiency and effectiveness in institutional practices and harmonize practices between units. She also leads the implementation of special, strategic initiatives that advance the institution on behalf of the Office of the Provost and coordinates institutional accreditation. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Northwestern University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Hamilton has research interests in ethics and social and political philosophy; she is particularly interested in theories of autonomy, moral responsibility, and coercion.
Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mindy Wall’s responsibilities are focused on coordinating and integrating the academic components of strategic campus-wide entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives, including developing curriculum in these critical disciplines for the WVU-Beckley campus. She also supports student success initiatives, including working on the coordination and implementation of Project 168. She has 11 years experience in entrepreneurship education. Previously Ms. Walls served as the Associate Director of the WVU Entrepreneurship Center where she developed the academic minor in entrepreneurship. Later, she became the Center Director where she developed the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and other co-curricular student activities. She has developed and taught numerous entrepreneurship courses in both face-to-face and online environments. Ms. Walls has twice been recognized by her peers for teaching; in 2011, the SBA named her the State Small Business Financial Champion of the year for he work with student entrepreneurs. She is a member of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship where she has served on the executive board as the VP of Event and Programs, Sr. VP- Elect Programming, and VP of Conference. Ms. Walls currently serves on the executive committee for the West Virginia Small Business Development Centers State advisory board and is a member of the Monongalia, Preston BB&T Bank advisory board.
Ann Claycomb is Assistant Vice President for Strategic and Academic Communication in the Office of the Provost. She works on a variety of initiatives for the Provost’s Office, most notably in support of faculty recognition both internally and externally and in communicating the strategic initiatives of the Provost’s office to the campus and wider university community. She has been with the Provost’s Office at WVU since 2011, first as Executive Assistant to the Provost and then as Director of Academic Communication. Ms. Claycomb earned her BA in English literature and psychology from Wellesley College, her MA in English literature from the University of Maryland, and her MFA in fiction writing from WVU.
Stephen Lee serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at West Virginia University. In his role, Stephen leads undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, financial aid, and orientation. Of primary focus is facilitating growth of WVU’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment through recruitment, financial aid strategies, and an effective orientation program. Lee started at WVU in 2011 as the Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment and became the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management in 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in recruitment and enrollment management and has held positions at Keystone Junior College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Siena College and Lock Haven University. Lee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Lock Haven University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Aimée Pfeifer was appointed Registrar of WVU in July 2016, after serving nearly a year as the Interim Registrar. She joined West Virginia University as the Associate Registrar for Student Services, responsible for the maintenance of student records, in 2010. She previously worked in the registrar’s office at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and at Capital University in Ohio and has more than 10 years of experience in the field.