Office of the Provost Leadership

Yves ​Berthelot, Vice Provost for International Initiatives

Steven A. Denning Chair for Global Engagement President, Georgia Tech – Lorraine Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Yves Berthelot is vice provost for International Initiatives and Steve A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As such, he oversees the international activities of Georgia Tech. Dr. Berthelot received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France, his M.SC. from ISVR at the University of Southampton in the UK, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1985. His research contributions are in the area of acoustics, ultrasonics and material characterization using lasers. In 2006, Dr. Berthelot became President of Georgia  Tech-Lorraine, the European Campus of Georgia Tech, located in Metz France, a unique campus recognized for its transatlantic collaborative programs in education, research, and development of high technology. Dr. Berthelot is vice president of the newly established Lafayette Institute in Metz, an industry-driven, open innovation platform that focuses on commercialization of optoelectronics devices. He also serves as President of GT-Global, the nonprofit entity that oversees some of Georgia Tech’s international activities, such as GT-Panama and GT-Costa Rica. Dr. Berthelot received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1988; the Pi-Tau Sigma Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1991 and the R. Bruce Lindsay award of the Acoustical Society of America in 1991. He has been an associate editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2001-2010) and was elected Fellow of ASA in 1995.  He was made a knight in the French National Order of Merit (2011). 

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Rich DeMillo, ​Executive Director, Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U)

Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing

Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and directs the Center for 21st Century Universities, a unique institution. The Center is Georgia Tech’s living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. He leads the educational innovation council at Georgia Tech and is a national leader and spokesman in the online revolution in higher education. He was named Lumina Foundation Fellow in recognition of his work in higher education. He was formerly the John P. Imlay Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech where he led the design and implementation of the Threads program which has helped transform undergraduate engineering education in the US and around the world. His influential 2011 book “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities,” which helped spark the national discussion of the future of higher education, was inspired by this experience. He was also Hewlett-Packard’s first Chief Technology Officer, where he had worldwide responsibility for technology. He led HP through technology revolutions in super computing, printing, open source software, information security, and nanotechnology. Prior to joining HP, he was in charge of Research at Bellcore, where he oversaw the development of many internet and web-based innovations. He has also directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation. During his twenty-year academic career, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, The University of Wisconsin and the University of Padua (Italy). The author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, Rich’s research has spanned computer science and includes fundamental innovation in computer security, software engineering and mathematics. He is a Fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. His book, “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities,” was published by MIT Press in 2011. A sequel entitled “Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators will make College Accessible and Affordable” was published by MIT Press in 2015 and was named the best education book of 2015 by the National Publisher’s Association. He was named Outstanding Faculty Member for his dedication to students by Georgia Tech’s ANAK Society. ​

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Bonnie Ferri, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bonnie Ferri is the vice provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development at Georgia Tech, and she is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Ferri previously was the associate chair for Undergraduate Affairs in ECE and the associate chair for Graduate Affairs in ECE. She does research in embedded control systems and in engineering education. Dr. Ferri has received many honors and awards including the 2017 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2016 Regent’s Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is the co-chair of a campus-wide commission at Georgia Tech on the future of higher education, and she was an invited speaker at a National Academy of Engineering workshop on education. Dr. Ferri has been active with the IEEE Control Systems Society and served two terms on its Board of Governors. She was the program chair for the 1998 American Control Conference and will be the general chair for that conference in 2022. Dr. Ferri received the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame and the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton. She then worked for Honeywell for two years prior to returning to school to earn her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Her research interests include embedded control systems, engineering education, and real-time computing. 

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Jennifer Herazy
Jennifer Herazy, Chief Administrative Officer for Academics and Research

Jennifer Herazy has been with Georgia Tech since 1997, serving most recently in the Office of the Provost as the associate provost for operations. In March 2019, she assumed the role of chief administrative officer for Academics and Research. Reporting jointly to the provost and the executive vice president for Research (EVPR), Herazy acts as a shared chief of staff to oversee organizational and operational alignment around various services and administrative functions at the intersection of the academic and research divisions. These areas include academic and research faculty hiring and retention planning and startup support, academic and research administrative policy and procedures, communications, research and academic business applications, human resources, and finance and budgeting. Jennifer has served as liaison and project director on searches for the Provost’s direct reports and has played an active role in nearly 30 searches for deans, Provost and EVPR direct reports, as well as the executive searches for the provost and EVPR. Jennifer’s previously held positions include in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office and the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (now Literature, Media and Communication). She has a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Georgia. 

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Paul Kohn, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Dr. Paul Kohn joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2010, coming from the University of Arizona, where he was Dean of Admissions and Vice President for Enrollment Management. Under his leadership, Arizona set records for five consecutive years for the number of new freshmen, as well as the most ethnically and geographically diverse freshmen classes. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences at Cornell University, Dr. Kohn taught biology at Sarah Hale High School in Brooklyn, New York. After returning to Cornell for his Master’s degree, Dr. Kohn began a career in academic and student affairs at Arizona. Dr. Kohn implemented a wide range of student advising, recruitment and retention initiatives, helping countless students reach their educational and professional goals. While at Arizona, Dr. Kohn earned his doctorate in educational psychology, specializing in testing, measurement and statistics.  His research focused on vocation and college choice among high school students.  His teaching experience spanned agricultural and biosystems engineering, higher education policy, and survey research methods.  He has been honored by numerous groups and organizations during his career. Some of the highlights include the Vision Award, the Outstanding Faculty Service Award, and the IDEA award. He has served as the state representative to the National Board of the ACT Corporation, as national representative on the College Board’s Academic Assembly Council and he is a graduate of the leadership development programs of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges as well as Pennsylvania State University. 

As Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Dr. Kohn oversees Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Registrar, and Enrollment Communications. Dr. Kohn serves as Chair of the Student Information System (SIS) Governance Committee, served on the Strategic Technology Initiatives Committee and sits on the SIS-Planning Committee and Technology Governance Steering Committee.  Dr. Kohn also serves as the Institute’s representative on the University System of Georgia’s Enrollment Management Administrative Committee. He has undertaken efforts in the pursuit of risk mitigation, inclusive excellence, access and campus community engagement in student recruitment and success. Applications to Georgia Tech have more than doubled during his tenure and the Institute’s retention and graduation rates have reached new heights.  During his time at Georgia Tech, undergraduate enrollment has grown, with increases in student body ethnic and gender diversity, geographic diversity, and the new student academic profile is stronger than ever. 

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Loraine Phillips, Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness

As Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness at Georgia Tech, Dr. Phillips works with faculty and staff to lead institutional effectiveness and accountability efforts. She interprets policies and influences practices for the Institute to various constituents, including accreditors, the state, and the University System of Georgia. She works closely with faculty and staff in new program development and authentic assessment practices. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Phillips served as the first elected chair of LEAP Texas, a voluntary coalition of over 60 Texas institutions, including all six systems of higher education in the State, with the common purpose of strengthening general education in Texas, assessing it authentically, and promoting high-impact practices within institutions across the State.  Her State service also included consulting participation on the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee commissioned by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) during the state’s redesign of general education. While serving as Assistant Vice Provost at The University of Texas at Arlington, she collaborated with The University of Texas System for the Chancellor’s Student Success Quantum Leap, chairing the Affinity Group for assessing student learning. She also served as Director at Texas A&M University, where she worked with faculty and staff on assessment initiatives, serving on the Core Curriculum Committee of the Faculty Senate, among others. Dr. Phillips earned her Bachelor degree from Indiana University and a Master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in literacy and higher education administration. She is a certified mediator. 

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Colin Potts, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Professor, School of Interactive Computing

Dr. Colin Potts, the vice provost for undergraduate education oversees offices and programs affecting undergraduate education including the Center for Career Discovery and Development, the Honors Program, the Center for Academic Enrichment, Serve-Learn-Sustain and the Center for Academic Success. Dr. Potts sits on the President’s Cabinet and represents Georgia Tech’s undergraduate academic affairs to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the Association of American Universities (AAU), among other constituencies. He also evaluates and approves academic policies affecting undergraduate students and proposals for all undergraduate courses and programs. In 1992 he joined the Georgia Tech College of Computing as a faculty member in what is now the School of Interactive Computing. His research over the past 25 years has spanned the fields of requirements engineering, software design methods, human-computer interaction and information privacy. Potts has been responsible for designing and teaching courses in software engineering, human-computer interaction design and evaluation and the social and ethical implications of information technology. He has taught at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; professional development seminars; and evening courses. His passion, however, is undergraduate education - for which he received the 2010 William “Gus” Baird Faculty Teaching Award and the 2012 Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award. He frequently teaches introductory courses in computer science to non-majors. ​

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Kyla Turpin Ross, Assistant Vice Provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution

Kyla Ross is the Assistant Vice Provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution and oversees the interpretation and enforcement of Georgia Tech policies and rules, as well as the grievances, complaints, and inquiries by administrators, faculty, staff, and students. She monitors trends in conflicts across the Institute and provides training opportunities that promote positive lab, work, and class environments. Ross was among the first class of doctoral students in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Upon completing her Ph.D., she served as a postdoctoral fellow in the NIH-funded Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program. She then joined the faculty at Georgia State University (GSU) in 2008 as the director of the anatomy and physiology program in the Department of Biology. She returned to Georgia Tech in 2016 as the Director of Graduate Training in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she developed and implemented ethics, teaching, and professional development training programs for faculty and graduate students. Ross is active in physiology education research and has been instrumental in transforming undergraduate physiology courses at GSU and Georgia Tech. She is in leadership in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), a professional society dedicated to advancing anatomy and physiology education, and she mentors community college faculty on the NSF-funded Community College Anatomy & Physiology Education Research (CAPER) project. Ross is a trained facilitator for Entering Mentoring, an evidence-based, interactive mentor training curricula for faculty and students, and she has co-hosted faculty workshops on mentorship and lab culture. Along with her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, Ross also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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