Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Rodney HanleyRodney S. Hanley joined the Fisk Family as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on September 15, 2014.  Dr. Hanley is a seasoned academic administrator and faculty member with more than 13 years of experience in higher education.  Dr. Hanley joins the Fisk Family as a dynamic academic leader with a strong record of building the organizations of which he is a member.

Dr. Hanley previously served as the Provost and Vice President (Academic) and Professor of Biology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In addition, Dr. Hanley served as Department Chairman and Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota and then as Dean of Science and Professor of Biology at the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Hanley began his research career studying biodiversity, especially insects, and later became interested in environmental sustainability and biogeography.  Some of Dr. Hanley’s major projects include: the establishment of a research center to provide decision support systems for agriculture, natural resource management, and educational communities from Earth observations; operating NASA’s DC-8 research jet; the design and installation of a specialized camera on the International Space Station; the establishment of the Prairie Isotope Production Enterprise-a non-profit corporation that brings together the university researchers, private industry, and medical services to produce medical isotopes, which are critical in the early detection of cancer; the development of the first new Law School in Ontario in 44 years; and the discovery of numerous new species of insects, found mainly in Central and South America.

The Division is comprised of the following offices:

Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditations, Dr. Jason Curry
Assistant Vice Provost for Online Initiatives & Director of Distance Learning, Dr. Shirley Brown
Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Princilla Evans Morris, Executive Director
Registrar, Ms. Fantina Carter
Academic Org Chart


The Division is comprised of the following offices:


Dr. Rodney S. Hanley
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Arnold Burger
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives

Linda K. Burton
Executive Assistant to the Provost


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