Announcing New Associate Provost: Dr. Lee Ann Clements

February 26, 2016

To the JU community,

It’s my pleasure to announce to you today that we have named one of our most experienced and respected faculty members, Dr. Lee Ann Clements, as Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Operations, effective March 1.

Dr. Clements has a nearly three-decade track record of excellence at JU and will be the University’s accreditation liaison, overseeing planning, assessment, accreditation and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). She will also oversee adjunct performance, students’ academic appeals, instructional facilities and technology, articulation agreements with U.S. institutions, and updating the University’s Catalog.

We’re very grateful to widen the influence and responsibilities of someone with such commitment to scholarship and knowledge of our institution as Dr. Clements. With JU continuing to improve its academic quality, student support and its national and international reputation, she is a welcomed addition to our executive leadership team. She is known for her talents in data analysis, innovative instructional methods and superior preparation of students for their chosen professions, and has contributed so much to the educational excellence Jacksonville University is known for during her 27-year tenure.

In addition to her longtime role as Professor of Biology and Marine Science, her leadership positions at JU include Division Chair of Science and Mathematics (since 2004), Faculty Chair (1998-2000), Director of Environmental Science (1992-95), Director of Marine Science (2002-04), and Chair of Institutional Self-Study, SASCOC (2000-03). In addition, she has served since 2010 on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville.

Dr. Clements received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia, and her M.S. and PhD in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests focus on the physiology and ecology of echinoderms, specifically the process of regeneration in brittle-stars and sea-stars. In the classroom, Dr. Clements actively encourages undergraduate research, and motivates upper-division majors to apply their core knowledge to real data and situations so they can function as professionals in the work world. She enhances student performance and learning by using various teaching methods, including lectures, student presentations, laboratory experiments, library research and primary literature reading with discussion.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Clements and welcoming her to our leadership team.


Tim Cost
Jacksonville University
Class of 1981