A dedicated staff in the Saint Louis University Office of the Provost works to ensure the University meets its academic goals and mission.
Chief of Staff
DuBourg Hall, room 210
Matt Davis serves as the chief of staff to the provost and provides organizational and project management support for the provost’s strategic initiatives. He works directly with the provost on designing and implementing initiatives such as the academic strategic plan, any ongoing college/school-level reorganizations, and other projects to support the academic and research endeavors of the University. Davis works with the deans, associate and assistant provosts, and the vice presidents who report to the provost and their staff in organizing and completing these projects.
Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., M.S.
Associate Provost, Graduate Enrollment and Growth Strategies
Eric Armbrecht leads University-wide efforts to develop and implement enrollment strategies. Working in collaboration with deans, faculty and administrators, he manages targeted investments in graduate degree programs to achieve and sustain enrollment growth, diversify the student body, and advance Saint Louis University’s reputation for excellence in education, research, and healthcare. He is responsible for guiding internationalization strategies, including the development of alliances with global partners and the support services that enable international student success.
Lisa L. Dorsey, Ph.D., M.B.A., PT
Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education
Lisa Dorsey oversees and coordinates the development and implementation of undergraduate academic programs, policies and support services. She works closely with the colleges and schools that offer undergraduate programs, leads the University-level Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee (UAAC), and oversees academic advising and other undergraduate-focused programs (Honors, Pre-Law and Pre-Professional Health, INTO-SLU, and academic integrity). She also serves as a liaison for the Office of the Provost and UAAC to shared governance bodies including the University Undergraduate Core Committee (UUCC), the Council of Academic Deans and Directors (CADD), the Student Government Association (SGA), Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees.
Stacey Harrington, J.D.
Associate Provost, Office of the Provost
Verhaegen Hall, room 316
Stacey Harrington is an associate provost who provides financial management and support for the Office of the Provost and all reporting academic units and handles faculty contracts. She also oversees the Office of Institutional Research. She works in concert with operating support functions to provide long-term and short-term resource planning to the provost and the deans, and works closely with their business managers to complete the annual budget process, monitor operating and capital expenses and provide data support to them for effective decision-making.
Jeffery L. Jackson, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Career Development
Griesedieck Hall, Lower Level, Suite 130
Jeffery Jackson serves as the associate provost for career development. He is responsible for the advancement of career services to increase success for our students and alumni, which includes enhancing career planning, preparation and employment. This effort also includes working with SLU stakeholders to better coordinate internships and other career-related experiential learning programs, as well as, growing university relations with community organizations and industry to cultivate meaningful and life-changing career opportunities.
Debra Rudder Lohe, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Chief Online Learning Officer
DuBourg Hall, room 255
Debie Lohe provides leadership to ensure quality, support, and compliance for distance education initiatives; helps to ensure strategic and collaborative decision-making and support for academic technologies; and provides leadership and support for a variety of educational development activities at the University. She oversees the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and the Distance Education Office. She also collaborates with various divisions reporting to the provost to foster educational equity for all students. Periodically, Lohe supports Provost Office faculty fellows who are engaged in project work on behalf of the provost. Prior to joining the Provost’s office team, she served as director of the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.
Steven J. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Office of the Provost
DuBourg Hall, room 458
Steve Sanchez is responsible for University-wide assessment of student learning and academic programs, as well as institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. He assists the Provost in the development of academic policies, communications with the Board of Trustees and other institutional constituencies, and with processes and technologies supporting the evaluation of faculty and academic leadership. Since joining SLU in 2007, Sanchez has also overseen SLU’s charter school sponsorship efforts. Sanchez is a member of the Council of Academic Deans and Directors and the University Undergraduate Core Committee.
April Trees, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Graduate Education
April Trees oversees and coordinates the development and implementation of graduate academic programs, policies, and support services. She works closely with the colleges and schools that offer graduate programs, leads the University-level Graduate Academic Affairs Committee (GAAC), oversees the University-wide Academic Program Review process and the staff, operations and budget of the Office of Graduate Education. She collaborates with other units in the provost’s office and across campus on initiatives related to equity and inclusion and graduate student well-being. She also serves as a liaison for the provost’s office and GAAC to shared governance bodies, including the Council of Academic Deans and Directors (CADD), the Graduate Student Association (GSA), Faculty Senate, and the Board of Trustees.
Peggy Dotson, M.A.
Assistant Provost, Academic Advising
Verhaegen Hall, room 212
Peggy Dotson serves as the assistant provost for academic advising. She oversees all aspects of student advising, including coordination of advising activities and support for academic advising staff.
Miriam E. Joseph, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost
DuBourg Hall, room 457
Miriam Joseph is special assistant to the provost. In collaboration with other members of the Provost's staff, she oversees the development and maintenance of faculty and other academic affairs policies and the University Faculty Manual; oversees all aspects of promotion and tenure; reviews applications for sabbaticals and research leaves; reviews unit faculty workload policies; and activities related to faculty hiring and onboarding.
Lisa Fischer, Ph.D.
Academic Director of INTO SLU, Office of the Provost
Beracha Hall, room 110
Lisa Fischer is the academic director for INTO SLU. She oversees the academic programs in the joint venture between Saint Louis University and INTO. This includes oversight of the academic English program, the undergraduate and graduate Pathways, and academic advising for INTO SLU students. She is currently a member of the Council of Academic Deans and Directors.
Ellen Crowell, Ph.D.
Director of the University Core
Adorjan Hall, room 326
As director of the University Core, Ellen Crowell leads faculty efforts to design, implement and assess SLU’s University-wide core curriculum. She serves as chair of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum Committee (UUCC) and coordinates cross-campus engagement in common core development. She also serves at the direction of the provost in related roles centered on common core/general education.
Director, Office of the Provost
DuBourg Hall, room 456
Mary Drexl plans, directs and coordinates department operations for Academic Affairs and acts as the liaison for the provost’s office and University academic and administrative units to ensure compliance with University business-related processes. She also analyzes internal processes and implements procedural changes to improve efficiencies and reviews and adjusts staff support services as needed while also managing the business and budget functions of the office.
Tracy Watkins, M.P.A.
Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost
DuBourg Hall, room 210
Tracy Watkins is the principal administrative contact for the provost, performing an array of duties to ensure the smooth operation of the office. These include: execution of the Provost’s directives and special initiatives, provision of committee support as assigned by the Provost, and development of effective systems for managing the Provost’s administrative needs. Watkins also manages the Provost’s complex calendar and travel arrangements, as well as special projects assigned by the provost.
Felicia C. Echols, Ed.D.
Coordinator, Academic Affairs
DuBourg Hall, room 422
Under general direction from the associate provost for Academic Affairs, this position coordinates and manages projects and workflows related to both the Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committees. The position also provides general administrative support for academic affairs, including financial management, meeting logistics, grant and special project support, and coordination of the electronic graduate assistantship recommendation form.
Manager, Office of Faculty Affairs
DuBourg Hall, room 441
Christine Rogers manages the Office of Faculty Affairs and supervises its staff in maintaining faculty records related to rank and tenure, sabbatical, research and developmental leaves. She also reviews faculty contracts and memoranda of agreements (MOAs), provides support for the promotion and tenure process, and oversees the faculty hiring process to ensure compliance with federal and Faculty Affairs policies including The Faculty Manual. Rogers is the office liaison to Human Resources, the Office of Institutional Research, Information Technology Services and the Office of the Provost. She works with the associate provost for Faculty Affairs and Development on special projects and committees.