Dr. Maurice Eftink
Associate Provost, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of Accreditation
Dr. Eftink oversees a wide variety of issues relating to students and faculty. He deals with accreditation, assessment, academic policies, and reports to our governing board office. He acts as liaison with the Office of Information Technology to design and implement a number of online services and uses of technology in teaching and learning. Dr. Eftink has a longstanding interest in efforts to promote diversity, especially at the graduate level.
Dr. Noel Wilkin
Associate Provost and Professor of Pharmacy Administration, and Research Professor in RIPS
Prior to joining the Provost’s office, he served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Administration and Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management in the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Wilkin chairs the Strategic Planning Council, serves on the Crisis Action Team, and serves as secretary of the Council of Academic Administrators. He also assists the Provost in matters dealing with the academic budget, academic issues, office space, and research centers.
Dr. Donald Cole
Assistant Provost and Assistant to the Chancellor Concerning Minority Affairs, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Cole oversees a variety of issues relating to minority affairs at the University of Mississippi, including minority student and faculty recruitment and retention. Dr. Cole also leads the Ronald McNair Program and the NSF Alliance for Minority Participation at the University and he co-directs the Alliance for Graduate Education.
Dr. Charlotte Fant Pegues
Assistant Provost, Registrar, and Assistant Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education
Dr. Charlotte Fant Pegues oversees a variety of student issues related to academic progress. Having served as Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Director of Admissions, and Registrar, she works closely with other university departments to resolve student concerns. Dr. Fant Pegues serves as the university’s representative to the IHL’s Articulation Sub-Committee, chairs the Committee on Academic Suspension and Dismissal Appeals and serves on the Student Intervention Team. She continues to direct the Office of the Registrar.
Dr. Linda Chitwood
Interim Associate Provost for Outreach and Continuing Studies and Professor of Exercise Science
Linda Chitwood was named interim associate provost for outreach and continuing education in May of 2012. Prior to joining the Provost’s office, she served as chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management and dean of the School of Applied Sciences. She also provided leadership as interim dean of the School of Education and interim associate athletic director for academics.
Dr. Chitwood received the BS and MS degrees in Health and Physical Education from Oklahoma State University and the PhD in Human Sciences with emphasis in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition from Florida State University. She joined the University faculty in 1991.
As interim associate provost, Dr. Chitwood is responsible for one of the largest and most diverse units at the University of Mississippi. Her leadership responsibilities include regional campuses, summer school, online education, college and pre college special programs, and professional development and lifelong learning. She also assists and advises the provost in a wide variety of academic matters.
Dr. John Z. Kiss
Interim Senior International Officer, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biology
Dr. Kiss has long had an interest in international engagement. As a faculty member, he represented the United States and NASA at meetings of international space agencies in Europe and in Japan. He has given seminars on his research in 14 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia. Dr. Kiss also has served as an international peer reviewer for projects for the governments of Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, the Ukraine, Israel, Hong Kong and Japan. He currently is working on spaceflight projects with an international research team with members from the United States, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway. As Graduate Dean, he will be making a site visit to Vietnam to evaluate proposals for the Vietnam Education Foundation later this summer.
Ms. Foust is executive assistant to Provost Morris Stocks. She works closely with Dr. Stocks on a variety of projects and special initiatives. She acts as a liaison to students, faculty, and administrative units. Ms. Foust is responsible for official reports, presentations, and the Provost’s professional correspondence. In addition, Ms. Foust assists with faculty tenure and promotion and coordinates quadrennial reviews.
Ms. Harrell is executive assistant to Dr. Maurice Eftink and Dr. Charlotte Fant. She also monitors financial accounts for the Office of the Provost and is responsible for processing budget revisions, g/l transfers, requests for payments and travel documents. In addition, Ms. Harrell assists with issues relating to faculty recruitment, new faculty orientation, TACIT, teacher-course evaluations and the academic common market.
Ms. Pegues is executive assistant to Dr. Noel Wilkin. She also coordinates information provided by the Provost's office to the IHL Board. In addition, Ms. Pegues serves as coordinator for the Council of Academic Administrators and Undergraduate Council and processes applications for tenure, promotion, and sabbaticals.