Academics: Office of the Provost


Office of the Provost

My ProvostMyra Burnett, Ph.D. is the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Spelman College. Burnett’s professional service has included membership on several regional and national advisory committees, such as a three-year term on the Advisory Committee for the Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation; participation in an Expert Panel for a joint committee of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute; membership on the Peer Review Advisory Board, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; service on the External Advisory Board for the National Experiment in Undergraduate Science Education (Project NEXUS) of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; service on the Board of Examiners for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (teacher certification); and service on the Advisory Board for the Social Science Research Council project, Learning in Higher Education: Are Disadvantaged Students Catching Up or Falling Further Behind?  Read More

What Does the Provost Do? 

The provost is the senior officer of the College, responsible for the academic affairs of the institution. The provost reports directly to the president and oversees the following areas:

Duties and responsibilities include the role of chief adviser to the president and to the faculty on academic affairs for which the provost formulates educational policies, presenting them to the faculty for consideration and to the president for approval; overseeing and enhancing academic programs and the academic work of the College; reviewing and recommending proposals related to academic programs; and staffing the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.  The provost also calls the attention of the College, and specifically the faculty, to changing thoughts and practices in higher education.

The Office of the Provost is responsible for recruitment, orientation, and retention of faculty. The provost recommends, in consultation with the Tenure and Promotion Committee,  candidates for tenure and promotion.


Provost Staff


Executive Assistant to the Provost
Beverly Walker

Special Assistant to the Provost
Karen Brakke, Ph.D.

College Accreditation Coordinator
Venetta I. Coleman, Ph.D.

Associate Provost of Research
Carmen Sidbury, Ph.D

Associate Provost for Global Education
Dimeji R. Togunde, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Deans
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Program Coordinator
Cynthia Hudson

Database Processor/
Administrative Assistant
Joya Marshall

Senior Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
 Dianne Whyte