Office of the Provost
The mission of the Office of the Provost is to execute leadership of the university in the areas of Academic Affairs, Academic Operations, Student Life, and Academic Technology.
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In the Gospel of John we read of how Jesus became flesh and tabernacled among us. 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 the Light of the world and His grace will bless you as you participate in the life of the university.
Dr. Paulita Brooker, Associate Provost for E-Learning and Continuing Education, reports directly to the University Provost. Working in concert with the Provost, Dr. Brooker is responsible for the leadership, direction and support of academic efforts of the online programming at the University. Dr. Brooker is responsible for the professional development and training of faculty who teach in the online environment, and for collaboration with other areas of the university which serve the online programming to establish policies and procedures which assure the academic experience for online students meets the standards and is congruent with that of all students the university serves. Direct report to this position is the division of academic technology support.
Dr. Jeff Green, Associate Provost for Graduate Programs and Director of HBU’s Institute of Christianity and Scholarship, reports directly to the University Provost. Dr. Green coordinates graduate programs across HBU’s curriculum and works to improve the graduate education process from admissions to alumni relations. Among his responsibilities are assisting with new program development, overseeing Graduate Council, working with admissions staff and deans on enrollment management, and partnering with University stakeholders to improve the graduate student experience. Dr. Green is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and his primary research interests are in Metaphysics and Epistemology and the application of those areas to questions in Philosophy of Religion. In addition, he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, including the course Medical Humanities. As director of the Institute of Christianity and Scholarship, he assists in the hiring process and faculty development with regards to the integration of faith and scholarship.
Dr. Crystal D. Lee, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Education, reports directly to the University Provost. Working collaboratively with faculty and staff across the university, the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs provides leadership under the direction of the Provost to support excellence in teaching and learning within the undergraduate and graduate programs through seeking continuous improvement in policies, procedures, and services to facilitate student success and to support the advancement of the university’s mission, values, and strategic goals. Direct reports to this position include the Office of the Registrar; Student Success, Academic Success Center, Moody Library; Student Support Services (TRiO), University Testing, Career and Calling; and the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.