Office of the Provost Staff

Lula Chong Baker
Lula Baker, HR Manager

As an HR partner, Lula manages the daily operations of human resources for the Office of the Provost. She consults with unit leaders, staff, and faculty on human resources matters that include employee relations, talent acquisition, compensation and leave administration.

Contact: lbaker34@gatech.edu | 404-894-7515


Tammy Benjamin, Assistant Director of Financial Operations

Tammy serves as the department administrator for the Institute's financial systems, monitoring and ensuring proper recording of Office of the Provost financial transactions. She also generates financial reports and advises management regarding financial status, oversees unit budget administration and coordination, including budget amendments, coordinates and facilitates audits of financial practices and records, provides financial support to the vice provost financial teams, and monitors the fiscal year-end closing for the units.  

Contact: tammy.benjamin@gatech.edu | (404) 385-4351


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Robbie Burr, Executive Assistant to the Provost

Robbie is part of the executive administrative team for the Office of the Provost and provides direct support to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is the first point of contact for the leadership office and performs a wide range of high-level administrative functions. Robbie’s responsibilities include managing the schedule, travel, and incoming communication.    

Contact: robbie.burr@provost.gatech.edu | (404) 385-2700


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Brandi Foley-Rodgers, SHRM-SCP, Director, Human Resources

As a strategic HR partner, Brandi consults with unit leaders, staff, and faculty on comprehensive human resources matters that include complex employee relations, talent acquisition, total compensation, organizational development, change management, leave administration, and learning and development.

Contact: rodgers77@gatech.edu | (404) 385-3623


Emily Howell
Emily Howell, Senior Director of Financial Administration

Emily is the senior director of Financial Administration for both the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Executive Vice President of Research (EVPR). She leads a team responsible for the financial support for the Provost and EVPR, as well as academic and research units across campus. Emily's 20-year career at Georgia Tech includes service to central administration and, most recently, the College of Engineering.

Contact: ehowell@gatech.edu | (404) 894-8887


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Karla Huie, Administrative Professional Sr. 

Karla assists with the Institute’s Strategic Plan Advisory Group (SPAG) bridging funding concepts to Georgia Tech’s Strategic Plan, routing of the Office of the Provost mail, event planning support, as well as multiple administrative processes support. 

Contact: karla.huie@gatech.edu | (404) 385-5642


susie ivy
Susie Ivy, Director, Institute Research and Provost Communications | Institute Communications 

Susie provides strategic communications support for the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) including preparation of executive speeches and presentations, development of news items and announcements, management of the executive e-newsletter, blog, and website, and strategic communications support for various executive events, task forces, and working groups. 

Contact: susie.ivy@comm.gatech.edu | (404) 385-3782


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Mary Thomas, Program Manager Senior

Mary provides administrative support for the Office of the Provost including the coordination of the Institute and Board of Regents (BOR) process for establishing endowed faculty positions, maintains related print and electronic files, including a specialized database, prepares correspondence, and tracks activity. Mary also provides administrative support for executive level searches, and organizes the weekly meetings for the Deans and/or Vice Provosts.

Contact: mary.thomas@provost.gatech.edu | (404) 385-3918


Michael Toney, Director of Academic Administration

Michael directs key programs and projects on behalf of the Office of the Provost, including dean and vice provost-level searches and reviews, named faculty position data and processes, and development and management of Office of the Provost processes and policies.

Contact: michael.toney@gatech.edu | (404) 894-3237


Cara-Joy Wong, Project Support Specialist Senior

Cara-Joy manages and directs special projects within the Office of the Provost including executive leadership programs, special events, and initiatives.

Contact: carajoy.wong@gatech.edu | (404) 385-2034