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Provost Staff

Janet Levit

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Janet Levit serves as The University of Tulsa’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for TU.

Levit, who holds degrees from Yale University (JD and MA, 1994) and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (AB, magna cum laude, 1990), is TU’s first female provost and previously served as the first female dean of the TU College of Law, where she continues as a professor.

Before being named provost in April 2018, Levit served as vice president for strategic initiatives and successfully structured TU’s five-year strategic plan, charting the next phase in the evolution of the university.

As dean of TU Law, Levit led faculty and staff in improving student outcomes, containing legal education costs, reorienting the curriculum toward experiential learning and innovating around the core JD program to offer accessible, targeted legal training to those beyond traditional law school students.

Levit’s off-campus work has garnered her numerous honors including Tulsa’s Women of the Year Pinnacle Awards’ Anna C. Roth Legacy Award, TU Law Hall of Fame, James C. Lang Mentoring Award and “50 Making a Difference” Circle of Excellence. She currently is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Richard A. Redner

Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

As the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Liaison Official for the university, Professor Richard Redner ensures that the university maintains its accreditation. He is also responsible for assessing the academic standards of the university and is the liaison between the colleges and athletics. He chairs the Associate Deans’ Council. Redner balances his administrative duties with his duties as a professor of mathematical sciences in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Redner served as a National Research Council Associate at the Johnson Space Center from 1978 to 1980, performing research in clustering, pattern recognition and statistics before joining TU’s math department. He was named a TU Outstanding Teacher in 1992.

After serving as the graduate program advisor and associate chair of the Department of Mathematics, he joined the Graduate School staff in 2001, where he served as the associate dean of research and graduate studies until 2018 when he joined the provost’s staff.

John M. Bury

Senior Vice Provost for Operations and Student Success

John M. Bury’s areas of responsibility include ensuring that TU students are successful through his oversight of the Center for Student Academic Success (CSAS) and the registrar, where credit hours and grades are tracked to ensure that students’ journeys to graduation go as planned. He also oversees institutional research and data analysis for the university, providing the statistics that measure TU’s strengths — student-faculty ratio, diversity of the student body (in-state, out-of-state and international as well as multicultural), overall grade point average, percentages of scholarships rewarded, etc. Additionally, Bury’s office is over TU’s NPR affiliate station KWGS. Because he has a bird’s eye view of the underpinnings of TU, he also serves as a Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Peer Reviewer, helping to ensure that the university maintains its accreditation.

Mindi Fuser

Director of Academic Budgets & Fiscal Affairs

Mindi Fuser supports the Office of the Provost by managing the annual operating budget for Academic Affairs and by monitoring the fiscal and programmatic operations of the associated colleges and departments. She works closely with the senior vice provost for operations and student success to support academic planning and institutional goals.
Fuser also helps to coordinate the financial review effort of the strategic plan and provides support for the university and college/program accreditations.

Janet Haggerty

haggarty_janet-300x300Vice Provost for Research
Dean of the Graduate School

Janet Haggerty administers the Graduate School and the academic side of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, such as the internal funding programs. She develops and teaches the Life Skills Workshops for graduate students. Haggerty administers the TU Student Research Colloquium for graduate, law, and undergraduate students, and chairs the Intellectual Property Committee.

Jane Kucko

Jane Kucko, Vice Provost for Global Education at The University of TulsaVice Provost for Global Education

Jane Kucko joined the TU team August 1, 2016 as Vice Provost for Global Education where she oversees the Center for Global Education. As Vice-Provost Kucko leads her team and faculty on continuing the implementation of comprehensive internationalization across TU. TU’s internationalization plan includes such initiatives as study abroad, TU Global Scholars, a staff global development program and internationalization grants for faculty.

Tawny Rigsby

tawney-taylor-300x300Director of Student Academic Support

Tawny Rigsby provides leadership for academic support programming and services as well as University retention initiatives. She is a Primary Response Team Member for crises, serves on the University’s Behavior Intervention Team, and provides consultation and assistance regarding student behavior and concerns. She also serves as ADA/504 Coordinator for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and administers the University’s Medical and Psychological Withdrawal processes.

Denise Dutton

dutton_denise-300x300Assistant Provost for Honors Program and Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment

Denise Dutton administers the Honors Program and serves as founding director of the Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment. In addition to teaching in the Honors Program, Denise coordinates the admission and selection of Honors Scholars and works with TU professors to staff Honors seminars, to review the Honors curriculum and to advise students designing an Honors Plan. Through the Henneke Center, Denise organizes forums to address common challenges in teaching and to highlight strategies TU professors are using with great success to engage students in the life of the mind and advance their learning. She develops and maintains resources to support faculty in their teaching, advising, and professional leadership. She also facilitates the University Seminar.

Nona Charleston

charleston_nona-300x300Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Associate Director of Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge

Nona Charleston advises undergraduate and graduate students who apply for prestigious scholarship or fellowships. Charleston coordinates campus application procedure from notification through submission and organizes selection and screening committees. She also oversees TURC operations including admissions and selection for summer research stipends and opportunities for civic engagement and service.

Monica Varner

Monica VarnerDirector of University Assessment

Monica Varner serves as the Director of University Assessment and administers the Office of University Assessment. The office works with faculty, academic administrators, and university personnel to help advance student learning and achievement in educational programs, university curriculum, and support services. Monica collaborative develops with academic and institutional units learning goals, assessment processes, and evidence-based strategies, which increase institutional effectiveness and campus-wide continuous improvement. In addition to her university assessment responsibilities, Monica is involved with all aspects of accreditation, supports the university curriculum process, and serves on the university Student Success Team. Monica chairs the Academic Assessment Committee and the University Assessment Committee, as well as serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Avonna Swartz

Avonna SwartzDirector of the Teachers Institute for Tulsa

The Teachers Institute for Tulsa was accepted as a member of the League of Teachers Institutes in November, 2017. The Director serves as a liaison between Tulsa Public Schools, TU administration and faculty and the Yale National Initiative in New Haven. She acts as a leader and facilitator of the participating Fellows and, in consultation with the University Advisory Council, recruits seminar leaders from among the faculty at TU. She also works to ensure that all TIfT activities are carried out in accordance with the rules and procedures established by the Yale National Initiative.

Lauren Wagner

wagner_lauren-300x300Administrative Associate to the Provost

Lauren Wagner edits the Undergraduate Bulletin and coordinates New Faculty Orientation as well as community and campus-related events as assigned by the Provost. She serves as secretary to the Faculty and Curriculum Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Deans’ Council and the University Curriculum Committee. Wagner provides support for the Honors Program and the Henneke Center.

Patt Joyce

joyce_patt-300x300Assistant to the Provost

Patt Joyce manages the budgetary responsibilities including the processing of requisitions and purchase orders for the Office of the Provost and other academic units. She manages and ensures the smooth operation of the Office of the Provost on a daily basis and is the initial contact person for individuals seeking assistance from the Office of the Provost.