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What is a Provost?

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the senior academic officer of Boise State University. The Provost oversees all academic activities and provides leadership in all matters related to academic programs. The deans and leaders of academic administrative units report to the Provost.

Contact the Provost

1910 University Drive
Administration Building, Room 202
Boise, Idaho 83725-1001

Telephone: (208) 426-1202
Email: provost@boisestate.edu

Office of the Provost Staff

  • Provost John Buckwalter, wearing a suit with a blue tie, smiling, with leaves in the background

    John Buckwalter, Ph.D.

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    • Academic quality and student success
    • Ensuring a positive learning and working environment
    • Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan
    • Institutional accreditation and accountability
    • Recruiting and maintaining a top-quality faculty
    • Managing academic appointments, tenure, and promotion
    • Lead the university’s internationalization efforts
    • Academic quality and student success
    • Ensuring a positive learning and working environment
    • Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan
    • Institutional accreditation and accountability
    • Recruiting and maintaining a top-quality faculty
    • Managing academic appointments, tenure, and promotion
    • Lead the university’s internationalization efforts
  • Portrait of Zeynep Hansen

    Zeynep Hansen, Ph.D.

    Vice Provost for Academic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness

    • Academic Planning
    • Institutional Effectiveness
    • Oversight of the development of new program proposals
    • Planning and management of the institutional accreditation process for Boise State University
    • Periodic Review of academic departments
    • Academic Planning
    • Institutional Effectiveness
    • Oversight of the development of new program proposals
    • Planning and management of the institutional accreditation process for Boise State University
    • Periodic Review of academic departments
  • Susan Shadle, Ph.D.

    Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

    • Promote academic success and retention of undergraduate students
    • Oversight of Undergraduate Studies units:
        • Advising & Academic Support Center
        • Center for Teaching & Learning
        • University Foundations
    • Partner with Student Affairs on undergraduate enrollment initiatives
    Administration Building, ADM 202
    • Promote academic success and retention of undergraduate students
    • Oversight of Undergraduate Studies units:
        • Advising & Academic Support Center
        • Center for Teaching & Learning
        • University Foundations
    • Partner with Student Affairs on undergraduate enrollment initiatives
  • Michelle Payne, Ph.D.

    Assistant Provost for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs

    • Academic leadership
    • Faculty development and support
    • Resources for academic leaders
    Administration Building, ADM 202
    • Academic leadership
    • Faculty development and support
    • Resources for academic leaders
  • Kristen DeBoer

    Executive Assistant to the Provost

    • Executive support for Provost Buckwalter
    • Executive support for Provost Buckwalter
  • Portrait of Erin Muggli

    Erin Muggli

    Senior Project Manager for Strategic Planning & Academic Initiatives

    • Manage project assignments related to Strategic Plan implementation
    • Coordinate development and implementation of academic initiatives
    • Provide administrative support for University Strategic Planning Council
    • Manage project assignments related to Strategic Plan implementation
    • Coordinate development and implementation of academic initiatives
    • Provide administrative support for University Strategic Planning Council
  • Karen Hansen

    Senior Coordinator of Academic Affairs Operations

    • Oversight of Provost-authority Academic Affairs budgets
    • Coordinate Academic Affairs annual budget request process
    • Manage resource-related Memorandum of Agreements
    • Oversight of Provost-authority Academic Affairs budgets
    • Coordinate Academic Affairs annual budget request process
    • Manage resource-related Memorandum of Agreements
  • Jennifer Jayne

    Project Coordinator for Academic Planning

    • Unified Strategic Planning for academic departments
    • Management of the institutional accreditation process
    • Assistance with new program proposals
    • Institutional management of program changes with Idaho State Board of Education
    • Unified Strategic Planning for academic departments
    • Management of the institutional accreditation process
    • Assistance with new program proposals
    • Institutional management of program changes with Idaho State Board of Education
  • Sage Rust Headshot

    Sage Rust

    Project Coordinator for Academic Success

    • Support student grievance and grade appeal processes
    • Facilitate work focused on student academic success
    • Manage and oversee processes related to the development and ongoing revisions of academic related initiatives
    Administration Building, ADM 202
    • Support student grievance and grade appeal processes
    • Facilitate work focused on student academic success
    • Manage and oversee processes related to the development and ongoing revisions of academic related initiatives
  • Stephanie Ritchie Breach Headshot

    Stephanie Ritchie Breach, M.A.

    Project Coordinator for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs

    • Academic leadership council
    • Faculty promotion and tenure process
    • Emeriti Guild liaison
    • Academic leadership council
    • Faculty promotion and tenure process
    • Emeriti Guild liaison
  • Meg Young

    Communications Specialist

    Communications for the Office of the Provost

    Administration Building, ADM 202

    Communications for the Office of the Provost

  • Edson Valdisimo Headshot

    Edson Valdisimo

    Administrative Assistant II

    Administrative Support for the Office of the Provost

    Administrative Support for the Office of the Provost

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