Senior Vice President and Provost

Melody J. Tankersley, Ph.D.

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Provost
Division of Academic Affairs


  • B.S., Winthrop University
  • M.Ed., Winthrop University
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia


Provost Tankersley leads the largest of Kent State’s eight divisions and is responsible for the administration, faculty and staff within the university’s 10 colleges and seven Regional Campuses. She provides leadership in the areas of curriculum, academic personnel and faculty affairs, research, experiential education and civic engagement, student success and global education. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she assists in the development and administration of university policies and strategic goals.


  • Vice President for Regional Campuses and Dean of the College of Applied and Technical Studies, Peggy Shadduck
  • Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Scott Sheridan
  • Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Susan Perry
  • Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs, Kevin West
  • Vice President, Global Education, Marcello Fantoni
  • Associate Vice President, Continuing and Distance Education, Valerie Kelly
  • Senior Associate Vice President, Office of Strategy Management, Jennifer McDonough
  • Senior Associate Vice President for University Outreach and Engagement, Dana Lawless-Andric
  • Senior Director, Academic Affairs, Jennifer Hebebrand
  • Dean, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Christina Bloebaum
  • Dean, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Mark Mistur
  • Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Mandy Munro-Stasiuk
  • Dean, College of the Arts, Diane Petrella
  • Dean, Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Deborah Spake
  • Dean, College of Communication and Information, Amy Reynolds
  • Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services, James Hannon
  • Dean, College of Podiatric Medicine, Allan Boike
  • Dean, College of Public Health, Sonia Alemagno
  • Dean, College of Nursing, Versie Johnson-Mallard
  • Senior Associate Vice President for Student Access and Support and Dean, University College, Eboni Pringle
  • Dean, University Libraries, Kenneth Burhanna
  • Dean, Honors College, Alison Smith

CONTACT, 330-672-8613