Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost provides academic leadership for Drake University.

Reporting to the President, the Provost oversees all academic programs, including six colleges and schools, as well as faculty hiring, development, promotion, and tenure; enrollment management and admissions; student life; equity and inclusion; the libraries; student success and retention; accreditation, institutional research, and assessment; research, grants, and contracts; online education; and international and global education. 

Dr. Sue Mattison was appointed Provost on July 18, 2016.  In addition to serving as chief academic officer, she has a PhD in epidemiology, and holds tenure as Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Provost Sue Mattison

Sue Mattison

Office of the Provost
Old Main 202

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Provost Council

Deputy Provost of Enrollment Management
Keith Summerville

Associate Provost for Academic Excellence & Student Success 
Melissa Sturm-Smith

Associate Provost for Campus Equity & Inclusion
Erin Lain

Associate Provost for Curriculum & Assessment
Arthur Sanders

Executive Director, Global Engagement & International Programs
Annique Kiel

Executive Director, Online Graduate Program
Christina Trombley

Director of Institutional Research and Academic Assessment
Kevin Saunders

Jenny Tran-Johnson

Interim Academic Affairs Budget Manager 
Susan Dittmer

Dean of Students
Jerry Parker

Administrative Assistant
Drinda Williams

Provost Office Organizational Chart

Deans' Council


Deans' Council Meeting Minutes 2017-18

Colleges and Schools

College and School Accreditation Information

Academic Libraries

The Office of the Provost is committed to providing quality academic support.  Should you have a comment (compliment or concern), please use the following procedure.

Provost Office and Direct Reports Complaint Procedure:
If you have a complaint or a concern that a policy or procedure has been incorrectly or unfairly applied or that inappropriate behavior or action has occurred, first discuss the problem with the staff member with whom the issue originated. If you would like the complaint to move forward following this discussion, please contact the person's immediate supervisor. If the process still is not resolved, please call 515-271-3751.

Student Complaint and Appeal Resources and Procedures


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University News
February 22, 2018
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Drake University for an additional 10 years.