Office of the Provost

The mission of the Office of the Provost is to execute leadership of the university in the areas of Academic Affairs, Academic Operations, Student Life, and Academic Technology.

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In the Gospel of John we read of how Jesus became flesh and tabernacled among us.  Our goal is to lead HBU in Christ-centered teaching, service and research so that the “…true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (John 1:9) can be more fully known by our students and communities.  As part of being a comprehensive university we are committed to developing excellent programs in all areas of the human experience as “All things came into being through [Jesus], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3).  I am excited about HBU’s vision and all the great work being done by our faculty and staff.  My prayer is that the Light of the world and His grace will bless you as you participate in the life of the university.

Photo of Dr. Cindy Simpson in her officeDr. Cynthia Simpson, University Provost, is the chief academic officer and is responsible to the President for the creation and implementation of the academic priorities for the university and for the allocation of resources that will support those priorities. The provost works closely with the associate provosts, academic deans, department heads, academic support service professionals, and faculty and staff to provide the highest possible quality of educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students (view organizational chart) while fully supporting the university vision: Ten Pillars in a Great City.


Dr. Michael RosatoDr. Michael Rosato, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs,  reports directly to the University President.  Dr. Rosato assists in policy development, strategic planning and faculty/staff/student relations as needed. Dr. Rosato is instrumental in the development of innovative curriculum and leads the efforts in faculty recruitment, professional development and establishing policies and procedures commensurate with the University Mission and Vision.  Direct reports to this position include the Office of the Registrar,  Career and Calling, the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, University Testing, Moody Library, the Academic Success Center, Student Support Services (TRiO), Student Success, and the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies.


Ms. Ritamarie TauerMs. Ritamarie Tauer, CPA,  Associate Provost for Operations,  reports directly to the University Provost.  Working in concert with the Provost, Ms. Tauer is responsible for leadership, direction and support of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and University Compliance.  Ms. Tauer is responsible for assuring compliance with all accreditation standards, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and College/School specific accreditation. Direct reports to this position include the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and Compliance Support.


Mr. Whit GoodwinMr. Whit Goodwin, Associate Provost for Student Life, has oversight of the university’s student life and student success departments including Spiritual Life, Student Involvement, First and Second Year Experiences, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, Student Organizations, Student Conduct, Student Health Services, the HBU Bradshaw Fitness Center, the Institute of Christianity and Scholarship, and HBU’s Cheer and Spirit programs. Goodwin reports to the Provost and also serves on various University committees and task forces.


Dr. Paulita Brooker, Associate Provost for E-Learning and Continuing Education, reports directly to the University Provost. Working in concert with the Provost, Dr. Brooker is responsible for the leadership, direction and support of academic efforts of the online programming at the University. Dr. Brooker is responsible for the professional development and training of faculty who teach in the online environment, and for collaboration with other areas of the university which serve the online programming to establish policies and procedures which assure the academic experience for online students meets the standards and is congruent with that of all students the university serves. Direct report to this position is the division of academic technology support.

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