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 started her career in 1984 as a Clinical Fellow at The Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She joined the faculty of the City University of New York, where she earned tenure in 1992 and taught for eight years. She spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she taught in the first-year curriculum and supervised clinical students in a joint project with the UMD Hospital.
She joined the West Virginia University College of Law faculty in 1995, became a full professor in 1998, and the Thomas R. Goodwin Professor of Law in 2002. She served two terms as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, under Dean Emeritus John Fisher, and was appointed the William J. Maier, Jr. Dean in 2008. At the College of Law, McConnell taught primarily in the area of property law, specifically first-year property, natural resources, and land-use planning. She taught “Gender and Law” and focused on the leadership of women in the legal profession.
McConnell is a nationally recognized scholar as well as a national and state leader. She is a current Co-Chair of the Section for the Law School Deans of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). In the past, she has served as President of the AALS Section for Women in Legal Education and the Section for Energy and Natural Resources. She is both an ABA Foundation and WV Bar Foundation Fellow and served on Governor Manchin’s Judicial Reform Commission with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Provost
As the Vice 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 served as Senior Associate Provost from 1999 to 2014. He was made Vice Provost in September, 2014.
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 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. 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 for Community 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.