Kathleen Hagerty works with deans, directors and administrative units to set academic priorities and polices and coordinate initiatives to support graduate and undergraduate education, faculty appointments and promotion, and space and resource planning. She also has primary responsibility for preparing Northwestern’s annual budget.
Central Office StaffKayla Atkins manages faculty-facing programming and events including faculty wellness programs, professional development workshops, mentorship small groups and new faculty orientations.
Gina Bazer suppports communications efforts for the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President.
Lorraine Cassis contributes to projects across the Strategy and Policy portfolio.
Jenny Chaitkin Puchtel oversees business operations, including budget and planning, financial administration, and human resources, for the Office of the Provost and its 25-plus administrative reporting units. She also works to ensure ongoing alignment of Office of the Provost resources and strategic priorities through the office’s resource planning and position management processes.Debbie Crimmins directly supports the Associate Vice President of Information and Analytics and the Associate Provost for University Enrollment on a variety of activities, including data collection, reporting, and analysis for both internal and external use.Nancy Cunniff has elevated the One Book, One Northwestern brand to become a signature University program that challenges Northwestern readers to look deeper into all sides of issues that affect our world.
Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar and the Associate Provost for Faculty team leads faculty-focused initiatives and programs related to faculty support and development. The team also assists the Provost on faculty matters such as recruitment, retention, tenure, promotion and resource allocation.
Celina Flowers oversees the implementation of policies, programs and infrastructures that are designed to support faculty excellence. She also works to coordinate institutional responses to address faculty concerns and manages the processes that govern faculty rights and appeals.
Mark Francis is responsible for supporting and enhancing academic operations, work processes, resource allocation processes, and space/facilities planning and execution, both within the Office of the Provost and across the University.
Miriam Gamoran Sherin facilitates the enhancement of the undergraduate academic experience through partnerships with the undergraduate schools and Student Affairs. Her office provides resources and opportunities for undergraduates through several undergraduate education units.Anahit Gomtsian supports the Associate Vice President for Information and Analytics by leading efforts to advance University-wide faculty nominations for prestigious national honors and awards.Jen Gurley-Zilligen supports the business operations of the Office of the Provost, including financial administration, budgetary planning and human resources.
Samantha Haevers manages scheduling, travel arrangements, event coordination and other relevant project work on behalf of Office of the Provost senior leaders.Amy J. Hauenstein supports the Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Northwestern’s vision for professional programs.
Mike Hines leads communications for the President, Provost and, for communications that have broad institutional impact, the Executive Vice President.Mia Hodges provides support for the Associate Provost for Faculty and other initiatives led by the Office of the Provost faculty team.Jordan Hughes supports Academic Program Review with Program Review visits, schedule development, department finances, and other strategic projects.
Joan Marie Johnson leads programming and initiatives for faculty, focused on the successful recruitment, retention and support of faculty at all stages of their careers. She also oversees administration of the external Nemmers Prizes and manages various awards and honors for the Provost Office.
Jake Julia oversees academic budget activities in partnership with the Budget Office and oversees academic facility and space utilization, renovations and approvals for academic capital projects, key initiatives, projects and operations that have University-wide impact. He also oversees the operations of Enrollment Management, the Registrar’s Office and Financial Aid.
Roma Khanna leads the University Policy Review Committee and manages University accreditation, state authorization, and new degree program processes and approvals. Roma also oversees University-level leadership searches.Leslie Kirchler-Owen provides strategic leadership for cross-department and school collaboration to support campus planning and academic capital projects.
Andrianna Kurzenberger contributes to key projects across the Strategy and Policy portfolio, such as the dean review process, University-level leadership searches and accreditation-related milestones.Johanna Page supports the Assistant Provost of Faculty Operations managing faculty recruitment transactions, faculty lifecycle processes and large-scale data projects for the Office of the Provost.
Rebecca Pinchuk facilitates data-gathering processes that emphasize multiple perspectives and works with senior leaders to facilitate change in support of institutional priorities.
Madison Pintér supports the business operations of the Office of the Provost, including budgetary and financial planning, human resources and IT administration.Amit Prachand leads efforts to collect, integrate, and analyze institutional and external data to support institutional decision-making, planning, and policy development.
Mearah Quinn-Brauner provides strategic and tactical support for a wide range of activities within the Office of the Provost and the University more broadly, including senior searches, oversight of new degree programs and international partnership agreements, fulfillment of accreditation and state authorization requirements, dean reviews, and the development of University policy.Melissa Rice supports Academic Program Review.Jason Ripple supports a variety of activities, including data collection and reporting for both internal and external use.
Alex Rot supports the Office of the Provost with processes and projects related to faculty lifecycle transactions, faculty salary planning and faculty hiring plans. He also provides quality assurance and conducts research related to the data surrounding these processes.Paul Schatz leads a variety of activities, including data collection, reporting and analysis for both internal and external use, and the creation, administration, and reporting of institution-wide surveys.
Lee West facilitates collaborative cross-school and cross-unit initiatives for undergraduates, supports linkages between curricular and co-curricular support services and programming, and works across the schools and units to extend efforts in assessing student learning outcomes of undergraduates.Brad Zakarin focuses on the leadership and execution of strategic initiatives in support of the diverse portfolio of academic and administrative responsibilities within the Office of the Provost. His primary responsibilities include facilitation and support of effective evidence-based decision-making through quantitative and qualitative analysis, the development of briefs and recommendations, and contributions to key processes and projects.