Office of the Provost

At Jacksonville University, the Provost serves as the chief academic officer, working with the president to oversee academic policies and activities university-wide.

Dr. Sherri Jackson is the Interim Provost at Jacksonville University. As a direct report to President Tim Cost and the leader of the University in his absence, Dr. Jackson is responsible for five colleges, three institutes, and a diverse range of academic and research support systems. Learn more about the Provost and her staff.

Mission & Objectives

The Office of the Provost provides vision, leadership, and oversight for all areas related to Academic Affairs in order to ensure that the quality of student education is a top priority in all decision making.

The Office of the Provost is also responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and support of faculty members and college administrators. Accomplished through a system of shared and collegial governance, this mission is executed by:

  • determining academic priorities for the University
  • working collaboratively with Admissions and Enrollment Management
  • optimizing support for faculty development
  • managing tenure and promotion processes
  • interpreting personnel policies equitably, correctly, and consistently
  • facilitating experiential learning initiatives and student engagement
  • fostering intellectual curiosity
  • promoting the importance of inclusion, diversity, and accessibility
  • providing budgetary support for faculty members, academic units, and academic programming
  • stewarding fiscal responsibility while being attentive to the needs of the University’s academic community