The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and has administrative responsibility for, and proper jurisdiction over, the academic programs and the faculty and staff serving the various academic units, colleges, schools, divisions, and departments. The divisions within Academic Affairs include: the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Nursing, the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions, the Mitchell College of Business, the Graduate School and Office of Research, the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the School of Computing, and the University Libraries. Other offices reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President include: Registrar, Enrollment Services, Innovation in Learning Center, Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Success Center (Student Academic Success). The Provost and Senior Vice President has a major role in developing academic rules and regulations, planning and developing curriculum, and planning for and participating in faculty recruiting and appointments. The Provost and Senior Vice President also acts as the Affirmative Action Officer for Faculty and Administration.
Dr. Andrea (Andi) M. Kent, a native Mobilian and an alumna of the University of South Alabama, is serving as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. She embraces the notion of teaching, research and service, focused upon supporting talented faculty as they lead innovative research, teach remarkable students and engage in making a difference through service. Dr. Kent joins the university community in celebrating the collective milestones and individual achievements of many, and continues to promote the ongoing development of a community of inclusivity, where all voices are heard, valued and respected.
Dr. Kent began at USA in the fall of 2004 as an assistant professor of Literacy Education in what is now the College of Education and Professional Studies. During her time in the College, she served as Director of Field Services, Interim Director of Graduate Studies, the College’s State Teacher Certification Officer, and Associate Dean. She served as Dean of Education from 2015 until assuming her current position on September 1, 2020. Prior to joining the USA family, Dr. Kent served for a decade as an educator in the Mobile County Public School System.
She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Development and her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from USA, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Mobile.