As the Provost of West Virginia University, Dr. Michele G. Wheatly is the Chief Academic Officer responsible for the administration of all academic policies, programs, facilities, and budgetary matters except for programs reporting through the Chancellor of the Health Sciences Center. A major initiative of her first year as Provost was leading the university-wide strategic planning process along with Chancellor Chris Colenda. The plan was endorsed in early 2011 by the WVU Board of Governors.
Dr. Wheatly now works closely with the Office of Strategic Planning—which she helped found—and with the university’s full academic administration to align hiring priorities, student recruitment strategies, and campus programming decisions with the goals of the WVU strategic plan. She also chairs the University Planning committee that prioritizes funding decisions at the University.
A current major focus of the Provost’s Office is WVU’s 2014 reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Wheatly has convened a campus-wide committee to plan for the comprehensive evaluation process and is working closely with them to ensure that WVU comes through our reaffirmation with flying colors.
Dr. Wheatly has also been active in supporting international partnerships between WVU and other institutions. She visited institutions in Harbin, Beijing, and Shanghai, China in the summer of 2012. In May 2013, she traveled to various institutions in Ireland. She will travel to England in March for a Coursera conference. She has also hosted visitors from institutions around the world.
She chairs the internal advisory board for the University’s NSF ADVANCE grant, which aims to increase the number of women faculty in STEM fields at WVU. Together with Maryanne Reed, Dean of WVU’s Isaac Perley School of Journalism, Dr. Wheatly is the architect of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at WVU. This program offers executive coaching to successful women leaders on campus and mentoring to early-career women in all fields. There are currently more than 100 participants from across main campus.
Dr. Wheatly is also an active presence in the academic community outside of WVU. She was recently named to the Executive Committee for the APLU Council on Academic Affairs and to the APLU Science & Math Teacher Imperative Executive Committee. She began serving on both this year. She meets regularly with her counterparts in the Big 12, and will host the group in fall 2014. She presented on the success of the WVU Women’s Leadership Initiative at the American Council of Education’s annual meeting in March 2013 and in March 2014 co-hosted a mini-conference for Presidents and Provosts of institutions with ADVANCE funding.
Prior to joining WVU in January 2010, Dr. Wheatly was Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and a professor of Biological Sciences at Wright State University. She began her research career and ascended the academic ranks at the University of Florida. Wheatly’s research has focused on comparative physiology, most recently using a crustacean model to understand the logic of epithelial calcium transport. She has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on approximately $21.5 million in grants with 24 years of continuous NSF funding as PI.
Dr. Wheatly has written or contributed to more than 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters. Academic courses that she has taught at all levels have included biology, marine animal physiology, women in science, and human-computer interaction.
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Provost
As the Senior Associate Provost at West Virginia University, 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 has served as Senior Associate Provost since 1999.
Executive Assistant to the 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, chairs the Greater Morgantown Arts Collaborative, and has served on the board of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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. Elizabeth A. Dooley 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; supervising the Undergraduate Academic Services Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Military Science and Aerospace Studies. Dr. Dooley is also responsible for preparing the annual Higher Education Policy Commission Compact is the lead and contact person for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement Initiative. Dr. Dooley also serves as the Chair of the WVU Assessment Council, and is a Professor of Special Education and Curriculum & Instruction at the College of Human Resources and Education.
Office of the Provost
Dr. John P. Campbell is Associate Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. In this role, John 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, John 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.
Dr. Steve Robinson is the University Registrar at West Virginia University. In this role, Dr. Robinson oversees graduation/degree audit, registration, grading and all academic record-keeping for WVU. Prior to his appointment at WVU, he was University Registrar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an Associate Registrar at the University of Alabama. His professional experience also includes significant work in academic advising at both the University of Alabama and East Tennessee State University. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Virginia University. His doctorate was earned at the University of Alabama in Higher Education Administration.
Office of the University Registrar
Dr. Nigel Clark
Dr. Nigel Clark is the Associate Vice President for Academic Strategic Planning. Dr. Clark has extensive experience developing and managing large-scale funded research programs and a proven capacity for organizing relevant stakeholders. He has over 25 years of research experience in alternative fuels, energy efficient transportation and mobile source emissions characterization and reduction. He served for five years as director of the West Virginia University Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions and holds the George B. Berry Chair of Engineering. Dr. Clark served on the West Virginia University Board of Governors from 2009 to 2011 and has chaired the Faculty Senate. In 2010 he chaired the Strategic Planning Council to set the direction for the institution for the decade.
Brenda Thompson is the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at West Virginia University. Thompson oversees the areas of Admissions, Recruitment, Financial Aid, Scholarships, New Student Orientation and Student Systems Management and serves as the co-chair of the Enrollment Management Council at WVU. A long-time employee of West Virginia University, Brenda spent nearly 20 years working through various positions in the Office of Financial Aid where she was last employed as the Director. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Concord University and a Masters in Business Administration from Marshall University (formerly the WV College of Graduate Studies).
Enrollment Management and Services
Dr. Sue Day-Perroots is Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation at West Virginia University. She provides leadership for WVUOnline/Extended Campus, the Teaching and Learning Commons, Summer Session, K12 Digital Initiative and ACCESS courses for high school students. Dr. Day-Perroots directs the successful entrepreneurial models for Online programs and Summer sessions, which has increased enrollments across colleges and resulted in substantial fiscal return. She has built a national reputation for her work in distance education. Over the past three years she has: served as President of the National American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) (2010); was named chair of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) (2013); received the prestigious ADEC Irving Award for Outstanding Leadership (2012); and institutional representative for the APLU-AASCU Distance Education Deregulation Advisory Committee. Day-Perroots has also serves as a Peer Reviewer and Team Chair for the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, Chief Global Officer and Dean of the College of Business and Economics, came to WVU in 2010 from Johnson & Johnson. At that firm, he served as pharmaceutical group chairman for Asia-Pacific, Japan and Latin America, overseeing a business of more than $3 billion in annual sales spread over more than 50 countries and supported by more than 9,000 employees. Through March 2010, he was a board member of the Council of the Americas. In addition, he has held leadership positions in the industry in many countries and has served as chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) International Steering Committee and other significant committee chairmanships such as those for Japan, Canada, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
Dr. Gypsy Denzine is the Associate Provost of Engagement and Outreach at West Virginia University. In this position, she will lead and coordinate the University-wide land-grant outreach mission and foster broad engagement with the state. She recently served Northern Arizona University as the interim director of the NAU Center for Science Teaching and Learning in the college of engineering, forestry, and natural sciences. She previously served for two years as the dean of the NAU college of education. She served the college of education as the associate dean for eight years. For the past 11 years, much of her administrative experience has focused on providing access to higher education to citizens in rural communities throughout Arizona. She is a professor of educational psychology and conducts research in the area of college student development, learning, and motivation. Her recent grant-funded activities and publications have been in the area of engineering education.