Office of the Provost

The mission of the Office of the Provost is to implement the mission of HBU by providing a learning experience that instills a passion for excellence in academic, spiritual, and professional pursuits.  This mission is motivated by our central confession that “Jesus Christ is Lord.”  This is accomplished through the work of outstanding faculty in seven colleges, and student support services such as Student Success and Advising, Student Life, and various organizations and ministries, the Library, and other key offices.

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Our goal is to lead HBU in Christ-centered teaching, service and research so that the “…true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (John 1:9) can be more fully known by our students and communities.  As part of being a comprehensive university we are committed to developing excellent programs in all areas of the human experience as “All things came into being through [Jesus], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3).  I am excited about HBU’s vision and all the great work being done by our faculty and staff.  My prayer is that our students will be more aware of God’s goodness and sovereignty over their lives as our faculty and staff lead them to the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).

Dr. Stan NapperDr. Stan Napper, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,  reports directly to the University President.  Dr. Napper’s brief personal biography is available at “What I Would Like You to Know About Me.”  He is instrumental in the development of innovative curriculum and leads the efforts in faculty recruitment, professional development and establishing policies and procedures commensurate with the University Mission and Vision.  Dr. Napper is also the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
Ms. Ritamarie TauerMs. Ritamarie Tauer, CPA,  Associate Provost for Academic Operations,  reports directly to the University Provost.  Working in concert with the Provost, Ms. Tauer is responsible for leadership, direction and support of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and University Compliance.  Ms. Tauer is responsible for assuring compliance with all accreditation standards, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and College/School specific accreditation. Direct reports to this position include the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Compliance Support, the Library,  and the Office of the Registrar.
Mr. Whit GoodwinMr. Whit Goodwin, Associate Provost for Student Life, reports directly to the University Provost.  Mr. Goodwin has oversight of the university’s student life, including Spiritual Life, Student Involvement, First and Second Year Experiences, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, Student Organizations, Student Conduct, Student Health Services, the HBU Bradshaw Fitness Center, the Institute of Christianity and Scholarship, and HBU’s Cheer and Spirit programs. Goodwin reports to the Provost and also serves on various University committees and task forces.
Mr. Eduardo Borges, Assistant Provost, reports directly to the University Provost. Mr. Borges provides leadership for key initiatives within Academic Affairs. The Assistant Provost works collaboratively with Deans and Associate Provosts to facilitate and maintain excellence in communication, policy development, and implementation of key strategic Academic Affairs initiatives and projects. He provides leadership and oversight for specified Provost Office and University initiatives.  Mr. Borges serves as the Academic Liaison with the Advancement Department to cultivate relationships with current and prospective donors and friends of the university. He serves as Director of the Spahr-Tan Center for International Education, Co-Director of the Student Foundation, and oversees and administers several Presidential Scholarship Programs. Mr. Borges is an alumnus of HBU’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program, class of 2012.


Mr. Scott Bertrand, Executive  Assistant to the Provost, reports directly to the University Provost and serves the Provost, the Deans, and the faculty to more effectively accomplish the university’s mission. Mr. Bertrand’s responsibilities include project planning, coordination, and implementation; research and data analysis; administrative and operational problem solving; and the development of policies and programs in furtherance of the University’s mission and strategic plan. He also serves on the University’s Spiritual Integration Committee.