Provost Office Team


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.



Enrollment Management

Don Witt, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management;

In his capacity as Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, Witt works with a team of professionals in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, the University Registrar, Student Account Services, the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Academic Scholarships and the Veterans Resource Center. His office and staff are committed to supporting all students throughout the college process, from the prospective student all the way through to graduation. He signs all admission acceptance letters as well as diplomas when students graduate.

Witt graduated from UK in the College of Communication and Information and has worked at UK for 29 years. In addition, he has taught in the College of Communication and Information more than 20 years. His "see blue." experience stems from the multiple perspectives – from being a student, teacher, alum and administrator.


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

Victor Hazard, Interim Associate Provost for Student and Academic Life;

Victor Hazard assumed this role for the second time on October 1, 2015. The Division of Student and Academic Life seeks to facilitate the integration of the academic experience of students with all aspects of university and student life. Student and Academic Life offices and programs facilitate interactions among students, faculty, and staff to promote a campus climate that supports students' academic success and their personal and professional development.

Hazard began his career at the University of Kentucky in 1988, when he became the Associate Dean of Students. In the fall of 2000, he was named Dean of Students, and in the fall of 2003 he was named the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. Additionally, he was appointed as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students (October of 2008 – June 30, 2010), while a national search was conducted for the Vice President for Student Affairs. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee and a Masters of Education Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Montevallo, in Montevallo, Alabama.  



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.