Office of the Provost
The mission of the Office of the Provost is to implement the mission of HCU by providing a learning experience that instills a passion for excellence in academic, spiritual, and professional pursuits. This mission is motivated by our central confession that “Jesus Christ is Lord.” This is accomplished through the work of outstanding faculty in seven colleges, and student support services such as Student Success and Advising, Student Life, and various organizations and ministries, the Library, and other key offices.
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Our goal is to lead HCU 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 HCU’s vision and all the great work being done by our faculty and staff. My prayer is that our students will be more aware of God’s goodness and sovereignty over their lives as our faculty and staff lead them to the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
Dr. Kristina Cerling, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of The Graduate School, reports directly to the University Provost. Dr. Cerling assists academic programs to grow through innovation, excellence, and in accordance with HCU’s mission. As Associate Provost she supervises the Institutional Research team, the Office of Academic Records, and the University’s assessment and compliance efforts including serving as Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and supporting college- and school-specific accreditations. She coordinates faculty and staff professional development for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs through her leadership of the Center for Learning Innovations and Teaching Excellence (C-LITE).
Dr. Jay Spencer, Associate Provost for Online and Digital Learning, reports directly to the University Provost. As Associate Provost, Dr. Spencer directs long-range planning, assessment, and implementation of digital/online academic offerings and assists in establishing guidelines and protocols for the Pampell Online Division in compliance with SACS standards. He also collaborates with University colleagues on institution-wide technology initiatives and projects that relate to online and digital learning opportunities. In addition, he supervises selection, training, and evaluation of adjunct faculty (including online course evaluation) and develops partnerships internally and externally to create additional opportunities for the delivery of existing and new HCU programs (including degree programs, certificates, and other non-traditional forms of learning). He also serves as a member of the Deans’ Council.
Mr. Eduardo Borges, Assistant Provost, reports directly to the University Provost. As Assistant Provost, Mr. Borges provides leadership for the implementation of key initiatives within Academic and Student Affairs and works collaboratively with Deans and Associate Provosts to facilitate and maintain excellence in communication and policy development. He also provides leadership and oversight for the Student Affairs Division, which includes the departments of Student Success, Student Life, University Testing and Student Accommodations, and Residence Life.
Mr. Scott Bertrand, Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives, reports directly to the University Provost and serves the Provost, the Deans, and the faculty to more effectively accomplish the University’s mission. Mr. Bertrand helps facilitate the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, and his responsibilities include budget development and management; research and data analysis; administrative and operational problem solving; and the development of policies and programs in furtherance of the University’s mission and strategic plan. He also provides support to the Institute for Christianity and Scholarship, the Spiritual Life Department, and the faculty and staff development efforts of the Center for Learning Innovations and Teaching Excellence.