Staff Directory

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor

Holden Thorp became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis on July 1, 2013. He is Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor and holds appointments in both chemistry and medicine.

Thorp joined the university after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013.

Thorp started at UNC as an undergraduate student and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with highest honors in 1986. He earned a doctorate in chemistry in 1989 at the California Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral work at Yale University.  He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from North Carolina Wesleyan College and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Thorp is the co-author with Buck Goldstein of two books about higher education:  “Engines of Innovation” and the forthcoming “Our Higher Calling:  Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and its Colleges and Universities,” which will be published by UNC Press in September 2018.

In his research career, Thorp developed technology for electronic DNA chips and co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which recently sold its lead drug, oteseconazole, to create Mycovia Pharmaceuticals that is seeing the drug through Phase 3 clinical trials. Thorp is currently a member of the boards of Artizan Biosciences, the College Advising Corps, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Gail Boker

Program Coordinator – Diversity Initiatives

Gail coordinates and manages several projects, programs, and initiatives in Vice Provost Davis’s portfolio, including the Women Faculty Leadership Institute, the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program, the Diversity and Inclusion Grants program, and faculty mentoring and leadership development programs. She also staffs the MLK Commemoration Committee and serves as liaison between the Office and the James E. McLeod Honors and Awards Committee; the Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Faculty and Staff, the Association of Women Faculty and some external partnerships.  She also serves as the unit’s office and budget manager and is the web content manager for


Coordinator, Student Success Projects

As the Coordinator for Student Success within the Office for Student Success, Lucy is primarily responsible for implementing student-facing programming and professional development opportunities for participants within the Deneb STARS Program. She manages the Student Leadership Corps and leads the planning efforts for foundational Deneb STARS events, including the Deneb STARS Early Arrival Program, Fall Retreat, and monthly Deneb STARS Pod Meetings.


Vice Provost

Marion holds a dual appointment as Vice Provost and the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law.  She also holds faculty affiliate appointments in the Brown School and with Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her administrative duties with the provost’s office include oversight of initiatives designed to stimulate and facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research, including the Bring Your Own Idea program and the Beyond Boundaries Cross-School Teaching Grant program.  She also serves as the liaison for the provost to several university-wide centers and institutes, including the Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and the Institute for Public Health. In the law school, she teaches labor and employment law, family law, and seminars relating to class inequality and social movements. Her academic research focuses on the relationship between gender, work and class status, with a particular emphasis on collective action.  For the 2016-17 year, Marion is serving as Leader of the University Libraries.

Sr. Associate Provost and Chief of Staff

Erin is responsible for managing initiatives, policy development, and projects on behalf of the Provost.  She advises the Provost on strategic plans and supports implementation efforts of those initiatives, specifically focusing on information technology, public affairs, academic initiatives and policies.  In this position she also serves as liaison to student affairs, emergency management, general counsel, chancellor’s office, key staff in the schools, and units such as the Edison Theatre and the Institute for School Partnerships.


Vice Provost

Adrienne holds a dual appointment as Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor in the Law School. Adrienne’s administrative duties include coordinating diversity and faculty leadership across the University. She works closely with each of the seven schools and also coordinates a suite of initiatives and programs for the Provost’s office. As a faculty member, Adrienne’s research and teaching focuses on private law areas such as contracts and trusts & estates, as well as legal theory and history, including slavery, feminist legal theory, and theories of justice and reparations.

Faculty Fellow

Tonya Edmond is an Associate Professor in the Brown School and Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost. As a Fellow she works closely with the Provost and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis to develop a suite of programs to enhance women faculty leadership and mentoring. Tonya’s research and teaching focuses on violence against women and children, with a specific interest in testing the effectiveness of interventions for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She has authored or co-authored 30 articles and book chapters. She has been advancing the importance of evidence based practice in the field of social work through presentations, publications and her leadership in the development of a model comprehensive evidence based curriculum. She is a former President of the Association of Women Faculty and currently serves as the Cluster Co-Chair on Violence Against Women for the Society for Social Work & Research. From 2006-2011 Tonya was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Brown School.


Senior Project Manager

Jill  monitors and acts on Higher Learning Commission activities as they pertain to the University accreditation. This includes responsibility for updating the Higher Learning Commission Annual Institutional Data Report. She supports the work of the Vice Provost, the Faculty Senate Council and is the Secretary to the Undergraduate Council. She oversees and updates the on-line Faculty Information Handbook.

Veteran Student Services Advisor

Jen serves as the University’s focal point for military and veteran matters, to include facilitating the transition of military and veteran students into higher education, increasing student recruitment, engagement, tracking and support programs and services, and developing partnerships with campus services, community-based organizations, and federal, state and local government agencies. She coordinates efforts across the University’s schools, divisions, and units to effectively serve the University’s military and veteran community.

Administrative Assistant- Diversity Initiatives

Cecilia Hanan Reyes provides the administrative and calendaring support for Vice Provost Adrienne Davis and Assistant Provost Rochelle Smith. She supports several key initiatives, including Leadership Alliance; the Math & Science Joint Post Baccalaureate Program; the Standing Committee for Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms; and the Professional Leadership Alliance Network (PLAN).

Title IX Director

Jessica is responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of Washington University’s meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation, and case law. She works in collaboration with the Judicial Administrator to implement the University’s procedures related to sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints made against faculty, staff or students; manages the provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; and coordinates the University’s timely response to, and investigation of, alleged violations of Title IX.


Assistant Provost, Analysis

Lynn supports the Provost by providing relevant analysis of internal and external data. She provides ad hoc counsel and support to the provost, deans, and various committees and workgroups.

Faculty Fellow

David Patterson Silver Wolf is an associate professor at the Brown School.  His primary duties as a Fellow involve working closely with the Provost and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis to create a mentoring seminar for recently tenured underrepresented minority faculty. Dr. Patterson Silver Wolf will also work with the office of admissions to enhance the university’s recruitment of underrepresented students.  He is the Director of Research with the Buder Center studying American Indian/Alaska Native health and wellness as well as investigates best ways to increase underrepresented minority student’s college retention rates.

Assistant Provost, Finance

Steve supports the Provost through coordination of the budgets and other financial analysis for university wide centers and certain CFU departments that report to the Provost. He also assists the Provost with the analysis of the budget and plans for the Danforth Campus schools. Steve is responsible for approving the purchasing and payroll/Human Resources documents and transactions for the Office of the Provost.


Director, Strategic Projects and Appointments

Lisa manages and implements a variety of issues on behalf of the Provost, including academic and leadership searches, special projects and serves as the primary liaison between the Office of the Provost and the Schools.  In addition, this position performs extensive event planning for the Office and is responsible for a variety of day-to-day activities.

Assistant Provost, Diversity Initiatives

As Assistant Provost Rochelle supports faculty and student diversity and recruitment in STEM, enhances the coordination of and support for the University’s growing pipeline initiatives, and leads Washington University Diversity Pipeline Consortium-STEM. Rochelle directs the University’s partnership with Leadership Alliance, a consortium of higher education institutions that encourage and mentor underrepresented students to pursue graduate school and research careers. She coordinates the Professional Leadership Academy and Network(PLAN), the leadership development program for mid to senior level professional administrators at Washington University. Rochelle is also the Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) Liaison for the medical school and serves on the nine-member Executive Council which provides guidance for the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, the largest graduate school program at Washington University.

Vice Provost and University Librarian

Denise Stephens is Vice Provost and University Librarian of the Washington University Libraries. She leads a system of 10 campus libraries on the Danforth and West Campuses.  The libraries’ organization includes numerous services and specialties, supported by subject librarians, curators/archivists and other staff.  The Library is also home to Data and GIS Services which supports Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and data visualization projects for entire university community, as well as growing digital library and repository programs. She oversees a vast print and electronic collection of more than 5 million print and ebook titles, journal titles, database subscriptions, and over 100,000 AV  titles.  Denise is responsible for the development of the general research collections, the building of special collections, and strategic collaborations supporting the teaching and research mission of the university in partnership with the faculty and university leadership. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Digital Public Library of America.

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

William (Bill) holds dual appointments as Vice Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, and Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences. In his administrative capacity, he works with faculty, graduate program directors, department chairs, student organizations, other deans and executive officers to ensure sustained high quality and to support the positive trajectory of the programs leading to all Ph.D.’s awarded by Washington University in St. Louis, as well as all non-professional Master’s degrees. He serves as Chair of the governing bodies of the Graduate School, including the Graduate Council and the Professional and Graduate Student Coordinating Committee. As a faculty member, William’s research focuses on epidemiological and geospatial modeling to explain social determinants of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) attainment and related developmental outcomes.

Assistant Provost for Student Success

Anthony Tillman’s primary focus is to direct the Office of Student Success that will coordinate university programs and services that support the academic and developmental success of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and first-generation college family backgrounds.  The Deneb STARS Program, directed by Anthony Tillman, will strategically address the challenges these students may face during their enrollment at Washington University.  Anthony also oversees the KIPP College Partner initiative between Washington University and the national KIPP Foundation. Additionally, Anthony represents the Office of the Provost on the American Talent Initiative (ATI). ATI is a coalition of top performing colleges and universities who are committed to serving 50,000 highly qualified low- and moderate-income students by 2025.

Vice Provost for Admissions & Financial Aid

Ronné Patrick Turner, Vice Provost for Admissions & Financial Aid, is responsible for planning and directing the recruitment of undergraduate students to Washington University and for implementing strategies to increase the strength and diversity of the student body. She also oversees Student Financial Services, which is dedicated to making it financially possible for admitted students to enroll and for enrolled students to graduate.


Director, Institutional Research & Analysis

Lisa collects and analyzes institutional data about students, faculty, academic programs and faculty research to promote informed decision-making, planning and policy for University leadership. She serves as the primary point of contact for ad hoc requests involving institutional data and analysis.

Administrative Assistant

Liz provides high-level administrative support for five members of the Office of the Provost to create an effective and efficient, professional office environment. She assists the Title IX coordinator with Title IX activities and managing sexual assault cases. She maintains calendars, coordinates travel arrangements, itineraries, expense reports and reimbursements, schedules and supports meetings, lectures, conferences, symposiums and seminars. Liz also provides administrative support to the Bring Your Own Idea Grant program. This program includes communication with faculty and staff, arranging meeting space, meals, managing budgets, tracking due dates and deadlines and updating the provost web page to reflect awards and results. Liz is responsible for providing tools to the faculty and staff to implement and fulfill the awards efficiently and successfully.


Vice Provost

Gerhild holds a dual appointment as Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor and Barbara Thomas and David Thomas Professor in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences. In her administrative role, she oversees the University’s assessment and accreditation activities and the Faculty Achievement Awards Committee; she co-chairs (with the Provost) the Undergraduate Council. As a faculty member, she teaches, does research, and publishes primarily in the areas of early modern (1400-1700) literature and culture of Germany and France, translation theory and practice, and literature of the occult.

Faculty Fellow

Adia Harvey Wingfield is Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost. Her primary duties as a Fellow involve working closely with the Provost and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis to implement a university-wide postdoctoral program designed to increase the pipeline of underrepresented scholars on Washington University’s campus. Adia’s research focuses on the processes that maintain racial and gender inequality in professional workplaces. She has lectured internationally on her research this area, and has published her work in numerous peer reviewed journals including Gender & Society, Social Problems, and American Behavioral Scientist. Adia is also the author of several books, most recently the award-winning No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work. In addition to serving as a Faculty Fellow, she is also President of Sociologists for Women in Society, a professional organization devoted to advancing gender equality in sociology.


Administrative Assistant

Liz provides high-level administrative support and works closely with the Senior Executive Assistant to help manage daily activities of the Provost. She also serves as the point of contact for calls and visitors to the Provost’s Office.


Senior Research Analyst

Tao manages a suite of institutional student, alumni and faculty surveys and analyzes the results. He provides analytical and statistical expertise for pay equity analysis and survey data. Tao’s analyses examine Washington University change over time and how we compare with other institutions. His work provides support for the Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Students, deans and university committees. He prepares reports and presentation materials for various internal audiences for each survey project and responds to ad hoc requests.