The University of Mississippi
Office of the Provost


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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.

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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 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

Associate Provost, Dean of General Studies, Director of Outreach and Continuing Studies, and Associate Professor of Management and Management Information Systems

Dr. Ammeter joined the Office of the Provost in July of 2015. In his role as Associate Provost, he serves as the Dean of the General Studies Program and the Director of Outreach and Continuing Studies. His leadership responsibilities include regional campuses, summer school, online education, college and pre-college special programs, and professional development and lifelong learning. He also assists 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, where he previously served as the Associate Dean. He received his PhD in Organization Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Blair McElroy

Interim Senior International Officer

As the interim senior international officer of the university, Blair McElroy has oversight responsibility for several departments within the Office of Global Engagement. These include the Office of International Programs, the Intensive English Program, the Study Abroad Office, and the US – Japan Partnership Program. She also serves as the Director of the Study Abroad Office, with extensive overseas experience and risk and crisis management expertise. She teaches in the Department of Legal Studies and is a licensed attorney in the State of Mississippi.

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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 e-forms, applications for sabbaticals, space and classroom renovation proposals, and game day parking requests.

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Ginger Harrell

Executive Assistant

Ms. Harrell is executive assistant to Dr. Rich Forgette.  She monitors financial accounts for the Office of the Provost and is responsible for processing budget revisions, g/l transfers, and requests for payments.  In addition, Ms. Harrell assists with issues relating to promotion and tenure, faculty recruitment, the Provost Scholars program, TACIT, classroom technology purchases, and teacher-course evaluations.

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Katherine Slone

Executive Assistant

Ms. Slone serves as the executive assistant to Dr. Noel Wilkin. She coordinates all of his travel and calendar appointments. She assists with faculty tenure and promotion and coordinates quadrennial review.

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Samantha Dismuke

Executive Assistant

Ms. Dismuke is executive assistant to Dr. Charlotte Fant Pegues. Samantha assists with the Honors Day program, Non-Resident Admission Applications, Undergraduate Council, and Academic Common Market. She logs travel authorizations, travel reimbursements, job analysis questionnaires, and position classifications. In addition, she coordinates the Academic Reports information provided by the Office of the Provost to the IHL Board.