Office of the Provost

The goal of the Provost's Office is to be a resource for all of the University of Kentucky, with a primary emphasis on enhancing UK's academic excellence and its brand as an institution that focuses on the Commonwealth in ways that have a global impact.

Making those priorities a reality involves cultivating strong and long-lasting partnerships with the campus community and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, trust, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. As such, the provost's office is a resource for colleges, deans, students, faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky.

Contact us at: Phone: (859) 257-2911 Email:


Academic Excellence

Kirsten Turner, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence Operations

J. Kirsten Turner is Associate Provost for Academic Excellence Operations.  In her role, she facilitates and coordinates between the academic administrative units under the Provost Office, including Student and Academic Life, Enrollment Management, UK International Center, Faculty Advancement and the Center for Learning and Teaching.  

Turner earned her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in the Center for the Study of Higher Education.  She holds a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree from Hanover College.  Her research interests deal with the public benefits of higher education as well as the current state of the American professoriate.




Faculty Advancement 

GT Lineberry, Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement;

GT Lineberry serves as the Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement. The Office for Faculty Advancement promotes academic and administrative excellence by working collaboratively with members of the University community and external stakeholders through professional development. 








Finance and Administration 

Lisa Wilson, Associate Provost for Finance and Administration

Lisa Wilson is the Associate Provost for Finance and Operations. She oversees the Provost area administration, institutional research, strategic planning, and institutional effectiveness and assessment.  In addition, she is responsible for oversight and direction of the Provost area budgets, area business, administrative process and policy, and the allocation of resources for all units reporting to the Provost.




UK International Center 

Sue Roberts, Associate Provost for Internationalization;

As the Associate Provost for Internationalization, Dr. Roberts oversees the UK International Center, including the divisions of Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services and International Partnerships, in addition to the Office of China Initiatives and the Confucius Institute. Her campus-wide role includes enhancing global research, graduate education, and curriculum initiatives within each of UK’s colleges, and chairing the International Advisory Council. She also serves as professor of geography, a position she has held since 1991. In her more than 15 years at UK, Roberts has held a number of roles including director of the international studies program and associate dean for internationalization in the College of Arts and Sciences.



Student and Academic Life

Greg Heileman, Associate Provost of Student and Academic Life

Greg Heileman began this position in August 2017, after serving as the vice provost for teaching and learning at the University of New Mexico. In this role, he is responsible for supporting the University of Kentucky's goals through vision and direction of the Student and Academic Life unit. He coordinates student services policies and programs that have a strong impact on the University's curricular and co-curricular goals.  Additionally, he serves as chief advisor to the Provost in recommending new university-wide initiatives and special programs that provide the right support and services across the four pillars of student success. Greg is excited to encourage collaboration among the talented people across campus and execute a vision based on a simple, but profound goal: helping students in need. 




The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Kathi Kern, Director of CELT; 

The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) supports excellence in teaching and learning by working collaboratively with all instructors to create engaging, innovative and inclusive learning environments in which diverse students can excel. As an Associate Professor from the Department of History, Dr. Kern is an innovator in her own classrooms and brings energy and enthusiasm to the teaching enterprise at UK. She has won UK's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995), the Alumni Great Teacher Award (2003) and the College of Education's "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Award (2001, 2004). She has authored several successful grants funded through the Teaching American History Grant program of the US Department of Education with awards totaling nearly four million dollars. This past academic year, Professor Kern served as the Stanley Kelley Jr., Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, 2009-2010.