Staff Directory

S. Jack Hu

S. Jack Hu

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

203 Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1651
(706) 542-0415
provost@uga.edu

S. Jack Hu was appointed Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in 2019. In this role, he oversees instruction, research, public service and outreach, and information technology at the University of Georgia. The vice presidents of these four areas, the deans of UGA’s 18 schools and colleges, and the campus dean of the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership report to him. The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives, and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School also report to him, as do associate provosts for academic programs, faculty affairs, global engagement, the Honors College, and the libraries.

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Michelle Cook

Michelle Cook

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives

205 Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1651
(706) 542-0415
mgcook@uga.edu

Cook has served as Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives since 2017. In this role, she plans and implements programs that span units across campus while also providing strategic leadership to the Office of Institutional Diversity, where she previously served as associate provost. Cook co-facilitated the development of the University's 2025 Strategic Plan and works with academic and administrative units across campus to support institutional initiatives such as textbook affordability, the New Approaches to Promote Diversity and Inclusion grants program, which is sponsored by the President’s Office, and promoting female leadership development. She also chairs the university’s Diversity Advisory Council. 

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Marisa Pagnattaro

Marisa Anne Pagnattaro

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

209 Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1685
(706) 542-0415
pagnatta@uga.edu

Pagnattaro assists with all matters of academic administration, policy and planning, and acts on behalf of the Provost when he is not available. She also chairs the UGA Arts Council and oversees the Georgia Museum of Art, Institute for Higher Education, and the Performing Arts Center. 

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Ron Walcott

Ron Walcott

Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

Dean’s Office, Brooks Hall
Athens, Ga. 30602 
(706) 542-6394
rwalcott@uga.edu

Walcott was named the inaugural Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School in 2020. In this role, he works with schools and colleges across campus to enhance the recruitment, support, and success of graduate students. 

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Meg Amstutz

Margaret A. “Meg” Amstutz

Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief of Staff

204 Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1685
(706) 542-0415
mamstutz@uga.edu

Amstutz is a key advisor on administrative and academic affairs, leads campus-wide initiatives of the Provost’s Office, and works closely with campus and external stakeholders. She oversees the Office of Academic Programs, the Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness, and the Provost’s Office staff, who report through her to the Provost. Serving as UGA’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Amstutz ensures that compliance with accreditation requirements is incorporated into the institution’s planning and evaluation processes. She also coordinates the selection process for major awards administered by the Provost’s Office and oversees leadership programs for faculty.

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Elizabeth Weeks

Elizabeth Weeks

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

225 New College
Athens, Ga. 30602-1685
(706) 542-9389
weeksleo@uga.edu

Elizabeth Weeks was named Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs in 2020. In this role, she directs UGA’s Office of Faculty Affairs and works closely with campus leaders on faculty-related policies, processes, and records while also overseeing a robust slate of professional development programming for faculty. Weeks is the Charles H. Kirbo Professor in the School of Law, where she has maintained her academic appointment and continues to teach. 

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Toni Rogers

Toni P. Rogers

Associate Vice President for Academic Fiscal Affairs

212 New College Athens, 30602-1695 
(706) 583-0337
trogers@uga.edu

Rogers has served in the Office of Academic Fiscal Affairs since 2003. She directs the Office of Academic Fiscal Affairs, which provides oversight for all financial and human resource affairs for units that report directly to the Provost’s Office, including the Vice President for Instruction. This position also provides support to the schools and colleges in academic fiscal matters as well as execution of hiring, retention, and other initiatives. 

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Will Richardson

Will Richardson

Assistant to the Provost

105 Administration Building Athens, Ga. 30602-1651
(706) 583-0506
willr@uga.edu

Richardson joined the Provost’s Office in 2014 and previously served as Senior Human Resources Managing Consultant for the UGA Search Group, where he managed executive-level searches for the university. He earned his bachelor’s degree in religion and a master’s degree in public administration from UGA, and he is currently a student in the PhD program at the Institute for Higher Education. His responsibilities include directing the daily operations of the Office of the Provost, including management of the administrative staff, overall coordination of the Provost’s activities, and support for strategic academic initiatives, as well as serving as a liaison to Provost’s direct reports, the President’s Office, and external constituencies.

Sam Fahmy

Sam Fahmy

Director of Communications for Academic Affairs

219 New College
Athens, Ga. 30602-1651
(706) 583-0727
sfahmy@uga.edu

Fahmy joined the Provost’s Office in 2012 and previously served as News Director for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from UGA and a master’s degree in science and technology journalism from Texas A&M. His responsibilities include overseeing external communications for the Provost’s Office and its initiatives.

Carolyn Payton

Carolyn Payton

Communications Specialist

201 New College
Athens, Ga.30602-1651
(706) 583-0728
carolyn.payton@uga.edu

Payton joined the Provost’s Office in 2019. Her duties include promoting the programs and activities of the Provost’s Office and related units through website content and social media. She develops and designs print materials for events sponsored by the Provost’s Office. She also supports the UGA Arts Council and spearheads promotion of the annual Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Sherri Bennett

Sherri Bennett

Program Coordinator, Academic Programs

Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1695 
(706) 542-0383
sherri@uga.edu

Bennett previously served as Senior Administrative Specialist and Assistant to the Vice President in the Office of Instruction. Previous to that role, served as Assistant to the Dean in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She earned her bachelor's degree from UGA and is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. program in Higher Education Administration at Georgia Southern University. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief of Staff, and support for the activities of the Office of Academic Programs

Stacia Fink

Stacia Fink

Administrative Specialist for the Provost & Special Projects

Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1695
(706) 542-0415
staciaf@uga.edu

Fink’s duties include providing administrative and project support for the office, scheduling meetings and booking travel for the Provost, event planning and support for central classroom scheduling. She joined the Provost’s Office in 2015 after working as a human resources specialist for UGA Food Services. Fink graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Sandra Osborn

Sandra Osborn

Administrative Specialist

Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1695
(706) 542-5806
sosborn@uga.edu

Osborn provides administrative support to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and also supports the UGA Arts Council.