Texas Tech University

Office of the Provost Staff

Ronald Hendrick

Provost Ron Hendrick

Ronald L. Hendrick is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Hendrick served as dean of the Michigan State University College of Agriculture (CANR) and Natural Resources and professor in the Department of Forestry. As dean, Hendrick oversaw all academic, research and outreach efforts of CANR, which includes 12 academic departments and schools, the Institute of Agricultural Technology, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.

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Rob StewartRob Stewart

Senior Vice Provost

Rob Stewart currently serves as Senior Vice Provost of Texas Tech University with oversight responsibilities for areas in support of academic programs, faculty advancement, and student matriculation. He previously served for 11 years as an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies, where he began as an assistant professor at Texas Tech in 1984.
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Mitzi K. Lauderdale

Vice ProvostMitzi K. Lauderdale

Mitzi Lauderdale serves as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Associate Academic Dean for Students in the College of Human Sciences and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University. Mitzi teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in estate planning, legal and regulatory aspects of personal financial planning, special needs planning, and general personal financial planning. More »



Melanie Hart

Vice ProvostMelanie Hart

Melanie Hart holds the title of Vice Provost for eLearning & Academic Partnerships. Her responsibilities include the oversight of the six regional teaching sites and the Center at Junction, online program compliance and quality, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), continuing education, and Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD). More »


Darryl James

Vice ProvostDarryl James

Darryl James serves as Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and is responsible for the oversight of institutional effectiveness. He represents the university as the accreditation liaison with SACSCOC. He supports TTU compliance with SACSCOC and discipline-based accreditor academic standards. More »


Patrick C. HughesPatrick Hughes

Vice Provost for University Programs and Student Success

Patrick Hughes is Vice Provost for University Programs and Student Success and a Professor of Communication Studies. He is a member of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy and he received the Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, the Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Gender Equity Award in 2017 and received over 1.3 million dollars in research funding. He is a former department chair and associate dean for academic affairs. More »


Jessica Williams

Senior Director of Academic Finance

Dr. Jessica Williams serves as the Senior Director of Academic Finance for the Office of the Provost. In her role, she provides support to the Office of the Provost and to the colleges in regards to fiduciary matters by overseeing areas of academic funding and Provost Office contributions. She also assists with faculty and staff appointments through reviewing/processing of faculty offer letter requests and faculty transcript credentialing. More »


Sharon PiggSharon Pigg

Executive Associate, Provost and SVP Academic Affairs

Sharon Pigg serves as the Executive Associate and reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President at Texas Tech University. In her role, Sharon provides total support to the Provost, and manages the office. Sharon is a Lubbock native and lifelong Red Raider fan. Sharon has an extensive Administrative management support history. More »


Te'Ree WozniakTe'Ree Wozniak

Senior Administrative Assistant

Te'Ree Wozniak serves as a Senior Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Provost, providing direct support to Senior Vice Provost Dr. Rob Stewart and Vice Provost Dr. Darryl James. She has served in several administrative support roles at Texas Tech since 2005.  More »


Luciana CavazosLuciana Cavazos

Executive Administrative Associate, Provost and SVP Academic Affairs

Luciana Cavazos is an Executive Administrative Associate in the Office of the Provost. She directly supports Vice Provosts Melanie Hart, and Mitzi Lauderdale. Luciana also plays an important role in the daily operations of the Provost office, providing assistance in many key areas of business. She previously worked as an Event Producer for College Flowers for seven years. More »


Abigail Walton

abigail waltonAdministrative Assistant

Abigail Walton is from Lubbock Texas, and she and her family have lived here for about 13 years. In 2018, she graduated from South Plains College with her associate's degree and has recently graduated from Texas Tech University with her bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Nutrition. More »


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