About the Provost's Office

The provost is the chief academic officer of the university and provides overall administration and coordination of the academic programs of the university. Areas of supervision include the activities of the academic area deans, the University Registrar's Office, the Library and the Office of Student Success. The provost makes recommendations to the president regarding the selection, evaluation and professional development of part-time and full-time faculty and also prepares and oversees the academic area budget. 

  • Dr. Charles "Chuck" Sands is provost and chief academic officer of the university.

  • Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs is the associate provost for faculty development and professor of English. As professor of English, Dr. Jacobs' areas of interest include English education, comparative literature, science fiction and fantasy literature, Latin American literature, mythology/folklore and Native American literature.
  • Lynette Risner, the administrative assistant to the provost, provides administrative support for the provost and staff in the provost's office and supervises secretaries in the schools and colleges.
  • Dr. Tracy Ward is the associate provost for administration. Dr. Ward oversees the administrative functions of the Academic Affairs division, including fiscal management, space planning and day-to-day operations. She also supervises the Registrar and the dean of Academic Services, who are responsible for student records and program and policy analysis to facilitate student progress to graduation.

  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Morris is the associate provost for educational effectiveness and the accreditation liaison officer for the university. She is responsible for maintaining regional accreditation while supporting all academic areas that have professional accreditation. Dr. Morris is also responsible for the curriculum development and assessment of all academic programs. 

  • Holly Pope is the administrative assistant to Academic Affairs. Holly provides administrative support by overseeing various processes and procedures related to the Academic Affairs Office; assisting in processing new faculty relocation and contracts, general reimbursements and budget for Academic Affairs, faculty development funding and microgrants and the Educational Assistance Loan Program.

  • Aura Donaldson is the director of academic engagement. She oversees training and logistics processes for academic travel that require an experiential learning element in an off-campus learning environment locally, nationally or internationally. This includes study tours, local and international community engagement, study abroad, internships, field experiences, practicums and any other experiential learning opportunity that would take students and faculty into an off-campus or cross-cultural setting.

  • Estrella (Star) Cruz, the receptionist for the Provost Office, provides secretarial and general administrative support for all incoming inquiries.

  • Robert Chan, director of Research Initiatives, works with faculty, departments, schools and colleges to increase and administer extramural contracts, grants and cooperative agreements for research, scholarly activities, education, outreach and infrastructure (“sponsored projects”). Research Initiatives facilitates a myriad of sponsored projects related activities, such as: identifying funding opportunities; proposal development, review and submission; negotiation and award acceptance; account setup; award monitoring in accordance with sponsor terms, policies, governmental regulations and university policies and procedures; sub-award issuance and monitoring; post-award accounting; and award closeout.

California Baptist University is composed of 10 professional schools and colleges and one online/distance education division:

The deans of these schools and colleges serve on the Provost's Council, which is charged with carrying out California Baptist University's academic policies.