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Organizational ChartThe Office of the Provost promotes collaboration across the University and oversees policies and initiatives that shape the academic life of the University as a whole. In coordination with academic deans, directors and faculty, the Office of the Provost is responsible for advancing the University's mission through the administration of academic programs, including instruction and research and the management of academic administrative and support services. »Download organizational chart [PDF]

Cindy Pemberton

Cindy Pemberton
Interim Provost for Academic Affairs

Phone: (816) 235-5623
pembertonc@umkc.edu

The interim provost serves as the chief academic officer and senior member of the chancellor's leadership team and is responsible for implementing the University's vision. The provost also ensures academic excellence; maintains growth in external funding for research and outreach; and supports synergy among schools, academic departments, centers, institutes and professional programs. Through collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and faculty colleagues, the provost is also working to expand student retention and success strategies and the development of an early alert program.

Mary Lou Hines Fritts

Mary Lou Fritts
Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice Provost

Phone: (816) 235-6476
frittsml@umkc.edu

The chief information officer oversees Information Services which is responsible for campus technology: hardware, software, data warehouse and IT personnel.  They partner with UM System IT and Academic Affairs on shared service opportunities and other projects.  Program Review, centers/institutes review, and the Office of International Academic Programs also report to the Sr. Vice Provost/CIO.

Jennifer Friend

Jennifer Friend
Interim Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs

Phone: (816) 235-1196
friendji@umkc.edu

The Interim Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs oversees faculty development, undergraduate research, student assessment and academic program review, as well as reviewing all undergraduate course and academic program proposals/modifications. Her role also involves supporting projects and initiatives implemented by the Interim Provost and the UM System as needed, including the University’s Strategic Plan.

Denis M. Medeiros

Denis M. Medeiros
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Dean, School of  Graduate Studies

Phone: (816)235-1301
medeirosd@umkc.edu

The vice provost for faculty affairs has oversight of faculty and academic appointments, faculty awards, leaves of absence, grievances, faculty promotion and tenure, and the Student Conduct Code. The vice provost also provides support for faculty governance of graduate education, has administrative management of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, oversees new and revised graduate programs, graduate student financial support and awards, new graduate courses and graduate catalog, and offers the administrative oversight for the Institute for Human Development.

Lawrence Dreyfus

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Phone: (816) 235-5246
dreyfusl@umkc.edu

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development oversees the Office of Research Services (ORS), the Institute for Human Development (IHD), and the UMKC Innovation Center encompassing all of the research and economic development initiatives at UMKC. The IHD conducts and collaborates on a wide variety of Applied Research projects to develop, implement, and evaluate new ideas and promising practices for improved delivery of support services. The Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark entrepreneurial efforts that translate research discoveries and innovations into profitable, job-creating businesses. The Vice Chancellor's Office also provides assistance to faculty and staff to improve grant and contract award success. These support services include award packet development, pre-award budget help, application assembly, electronic submission and post award management. The ORS is responsible for the management of all research grants and awards consistent with the university policy, those of funding agencies, and federal regulations. In addition, the Office manages compliance with federal, state, and local and institutional regulatory practices; and oversees the Office of Technology Transfer to help UMKC researchers share their discoveries with the world.

Kim McNeley

Kim McNeley
Associate Vice Provost for University College and Undergraduate Advising

Phone:  (816) 235-8648
mcneleyk@umkc.edu

The Associate Vice Provost for the University College and Undergraduate Advising facilitates efforts towards the development and implementation of programs and services that support students' ability to purposefully craft educational plans based on an assessment of their values, abilities, aspirations, and career goals. The role involves leading cross-college initiatives and programs in collaboration with academic college/schools and working closely with Student Affairs to ensure that academic advising is closely coordinated with other support services. The Associate Vice Provost is directly responsible for UMKC's University College, the unit that coordinates the overall academic experience of incoming exploratory (undecided/undeclared) students and continuing students in transition between majors.

Ruth E. Cain

Ruth E. Cain
Director of Assessment

Phone: (816) 235-6084
cainre@umkc.edu

The Director of Assessment provides leadership in the area of assessment of student learning outcomes assessment. The Director of Assessment chairs the University Assessment Committee, which is charged with coordinating and facilitating the work of the university in the areas of assessment for student learning and assessment for accountability. The role involves assessment policy development, implementation, and review; collaboration with faculty and staff on unit and institutional assessment plan development and implementation; and preparation of internal and external reports related to assessment.

Devon A. Cancilla

Vice Provost for Online and Distance Learning

Phone: (816) 235-5431
cancillad@umkc.edu

The Vice Provost of Online and Distance Learning works to develop quality online education experiences at UMKC, and assists faculty and staff in matters of developing, improving, and implementing online courses. This includes working with an advisory committee to develop and articulate a plan for e-learning at UMKC, assisting with development of new online degree programs, and providing support to those programs that are currently providing online education experiences for their students.

Dan Chambers

Dan Chambers
Director of Program/Project Operations

Phone: (816)235-2760
chamberscd@umkc.edu

Dan Chambers is responsible for the overall business and fiscal operations in the Office of Provost, which includes areas within VC Academic Affairs and University College. This includes the oversight and day-to-day operations in the areas of human resources, payroll, budgeting, procurement, and fiscal review, reconciliation and reporting. He received both his B.S. in Business Administration and M.B.A. from Columbia College.