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Dr. Kelly Chaney

Interim Provost




Since assuming the role of Provost, I have had several members of our community ask me, “So what does a Provost do exactly?” It’s a good question, as currently it is a title that is mostly used only in higher education (although, the ancient meaning of provost was “prison warder,” and I assure you that definition is obsolete and far from the truth today!).


The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the college and is responsible to President Comerford for creating, implementing, and maintaining the academic priorities for the college. As such, the Provost oversees academic policy and procedure, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the faculty. I work closely with academic division chairs, department chairs, faculty, and student services staff to ensure Blackburn College provides quality educational programs and experiences for all students, in the classroom, outside of the classroom, and in our work program. I also help to recruit, mentor, encourage, and retain outstanding, dedicated, diverse faculty who facilitate learning and research opportunities for our students as well as provide service to our college community.

In addition, departments that provide support and resources for the academic affairs of the college, such as Records and Registration, Institutional Research, the Work Program, Technology Services, and the Lumpkin Learning Commons, report to the Provost.

Without doubt, the Provost’s job is challenging and exciting, but above all it is fulfilling. It is my pleasure to serve Blackburn College in this role – please feel free to stop by my office in Ludlum Hall 211!

Kelly Chaney, Ph.D.
Interim Provost
Ludlum Hall, 211
217-854-5801
kelly.chaney@blackburn.edu