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:


Vice Provost 

Larry Holloway, Vice Provost

Larry Holloway began his role as Vice Provost in July 2018 and serves as the primary liaison between the Office of the Provost and the academic units. In the liaison role, he analyzes and prioritizes requests from academic units and, in consultation with the Associate Provost for Finance and Operations, makes decision recommendations to Provost Blackwell for final consideration. In addition, he is authorized to make a myriad of routine decisions from the colleges on the Provost's behalf and serves on the front line of addressing complex issues that arise. He also leads and/or supports selected university-level and provost-level initiatives.




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 Operations

Lisa Wilson is the Associate Provost for Finance and Operations, a role in which she has served since 2011. She oversees the Provost area budget and finance functions including budget development, implementation of area business, administrative process, and policy, and the allocation of resources for all units reporting to the Provost. Wilson is an alum of the University of Kentucky and has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education administration.



International Center 

Sue Roberts, Associate Provost for Internationalization

As the Associate Provost for Internationalization, Sue 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.


Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation

Kathi Kern, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation

Kathi Kern began her role as Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation in July 2018. She has led pedagogical innovation on our campus since 2010 as the Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. In 2016 her responsibilities expanded to include the Academic Preparation and Placement Program, various peer tutoring programs, and academic coaching.  Throughout the spring of 2018, Kathi provided invaluable effort and vision as part of UK's long-term financial planning process—the “Our Path Forward” initiative. In addition to continuing to support initiatives under Our Path Forward, Kathi leads initiatives focused on dynamic pedagogical change, effective teaching by faculty and graduate students, curricular redesign to promote student-centered learning, innovative program design, and creative approaches to assessing the effectiveness of teaching and learning strategies. She also focuses on creating new pathways for Kentucky citizens to access the resources of the University, providing avenues for deeper collaboration between the University and industry partners and aligning educational pathways with workforce needs of the future. Her work aligns with the University’s Strategic Plan and long-term enrollment strategies.