The University of Mississippi
Office of the Provost



Dr. Rich Forgette

Associate Provost, Interim Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, and Professor of Political Science

Dr. Forgette is responsible for the Provost Scholars Program and co-chairs the University General Studies Committee. He assists the Provost in matters involving faculty promotion and tenure, institutional planning and research, academic and operational planning, office space, and human resource issues. Professor Forgette received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Donna Strum

Associate Provost, Professor of Pharmacy Administration, and Research Professor in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Services

Dr. Strum oversees a wide variety of faculty and student issues. She is the Secretary of the Council of Academic Administrators. She assists the Provost in a wide array of administrative matters dealing with the academic budget, classroom space, student retention, and human resource issues. Dr. Strum coordinates the new faculty orientation, sabbatical leave process, and the Faculty Achievement Award process. Dr. Strum holds an appointment as Professor of Pharmacy Administration in the School of Pharmacy and Research Professor in RIPS.

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Dr. Donald Cole

Assistant Provost and Assistant to the Chancellor Concerning Minority Affairs, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Cole oversees a variety of issues relating to minority affairs at the University of Mississippi, including minority student and faculty recruitment and retention. Dr. Cole also leads the Ronald McNair Program and the NSF Alliance for Minority Participation at the University and he co-directs the Alliance for Graduate Education.

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Dr. Charlotte Fant Pegues

Assistant Provost, Registrar, and Assistant Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education

Dr. Charlotte Fant Pegues oversees a variety of student issues related to academic progress. Having served as Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Director of Admissions, and Registrar, she works closely with other university departments to resolve student concerns. Dr. Fant Pegues serves as the university’s representative to the IHL’s Articulation Sub-Committee, chairs the Committee on Academic Suspension and Dismissal Appeals and serves on the Student Intervention Team. She continues to direct the Office of the Registrar.

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Dr. Tony Ammeter

Director of Outreach and Continuing Studies, Associate Provost, Dean of General Studies and Associate Professor of Management and Management Information Systems: Provost/Vc for Academic Affairs

Tony Ammeter was named interim associate provost for Outreach and Continuing Studies in July of 2015. In this role, Dr. Ammeter's leadership responsibilities include regional campuses, summer school, online education, college and pre college special programs, and professional development and lifelong learning. He also serves as the interim Dean for the Bachelor of General Studies program and assists and advises the provost in a variety of academic matters. Dr. Ammeter holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Management and Management Information Systems in the School of Business Administration. He received his PhD in Organization Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Dr. Nosa Egiebor

Senior International Officer

As the chief international officer of the university, Dr. Egiebor has oversight responsibility for several departments within the Office of Global Engagement. These include the Office of International Programs (OIP), the Intensive English Program (IEP), the Study Abroad Office (SAO), and the Japanese Supplementary School (JSS). Dr. Egiebor has over 30 years of involvement and leadership in international higher education, both as an administrator and as a faculty member. Dr. Egiebor is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) and a professor of chemical engineering.

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John Adrian

Business Manager for Academic Affairs

As the Business Manager for Academic Affairs, Mr. Adrian serves as a financial advisor to academic units concerning business matters and University financial and operational policies and procedures. He prepares, presents and reviews financial reports to support decision making, improve business processes and provide effective management of financial affairs. Mr. Adrian is a proud alumnus of the University, having received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Patterson School of Accountancy.

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Susan Foust

Executive Assistant

Ms. Foust is executive assistant to Dr. Donna Strum. Ms. Foust serves as coordinator for the Council of Academic Administrators and Deans' Meetings. She also assists with issues related to the Faculty Achievement Award selection process and new faculty orientation. In addition, Ms. Foust processes applications for sabbaticals.

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Ginger Harrell

Executive Assistant

Ms. Harrell is executive assistant to Dr. Maurice Eftink and Dr. Charlotte Fant.  She also monitors financial accounts for the Office of the Provost and is responsible for processing budget revisions, g/l transfers, requests for payments and travel documents.  In addition, Ms. Harrell assists with issues relating to faculty recruitment, new faculty orientation, TACIT, teacher-course evaluations and the academic common market.

Katherine Slone

Executive Assistant

Ms. Slone is executive assistant to Dr. Noel Wilkin and Dr. Charlotte Fant Pegues. She maintains and coordinates their daily calendars. Katherine assists with the Provost Scholar Seminar, Non-Resident Admission Applications, and Academic Common Market. She logs travel authorizations, travel reimbursements, job analysis questionnaires, position classifications, and retirement program gifts.

Samantha Dismuke

Executive Assistant