Provost’s Staff

Nancy Berner

Nancy Berner is vice provost for planning and administration.  She assists the provost in providing leadership and direction to the University’s internal operations, in the development and implementation of the University’s plans and policies, and in the integration of offices across the University. Her duties vary at the discretion of the provost. Her current duties include annual and long-term budget tracking and modeling, overseeing reaccreditation, and planning for summer programs, the arts, community engagement and undergraduate research. Berner is the William Henderson Professor of Biology and continues an active undergraduate research program in the winter activity and acclimation of the Eastern red spotted newt.  She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in from the University of Idaho and a doctorate in biology from Stanford University, and joined the University in 1992.

Jon Evans

Jon Evans is assistant provost for environmental stewardship and sustainability.  He assists the provost in providing leadership, vision, and direction to the University’s initiatives in land use and sustainability, and in the development and implementation of the University’s plans and policies in these areas.  He supervises two directors, of environmental stewardship and of sustainability integration.  As Professor of Biology, Evans both teaches classes and publishes in the fields of plant ecology and conservation biology, and directs the Sewanee Herbarium.  Evans received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his doctorate in biology from Duke University, and joined the University in 1994.

Vicki Sells

Vicki Sells is associate provost for information technology and University librarian.  She assists the provost in providing leadership, vision, and direction to the merged computing and library division, including the Archives and Special Collections. Sells received her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College, and a master’s and doctorate in instructional technology from the University of Tennessee, and joined the University in 1998.

Paul Wiley

Paul Wiley is assistant provost for academic services and institutional research.  He assists the provost in providing leadership and direction to the registrar's office as well as the University's efforts in collecting, maintaining, and reporting on institutional data.  Wiley received bachelor’s degrees and a master's degree from Shenandoah University, and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, and joined the University in 1999.