Office of the Provost Staff

Dr. Lori Mann Bruce

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, (931) 372-3224 

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Bruce is responsible for providing leadership and academic oversight of more than 800 employees in eight colleges and schools, 32 academic departments, and 20+ support units – all of which offer Tennessee Tech students more than 200 programs at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. The Provost is responsible for overseeing 28 academic buildings with more than 1 million square feet of instruction and research spaces. As Provost, Dr. Bruce is focused on fostering academic excellence, student success, meaningful innovation, community engagement, a supportive environment, and value creation. Dr. Lori Mann Bruce is a tenured Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2018. Dr. Bruce is a native Tennessean with a passion for serving the state by fostering academic excellence, student success, meaningful innovation, community engagement, a supportive environment, and value creation.


Dr. Sharon Huo

Associate Provost, 931-372-3463

Dr. Huo assists the Provost in a variety of academic activities. She serves as the university’s SACSCOC Liaison and oversees accreditation and assessment activities at the university. Additionally, she coordinates the undergraduate academic program initiatives and modifications. As an Associate Provost, Dr. Huo is responsible for overseeing activities mandated through THEC’s Quality Assurance Funding program, including academic program reviews and student learning and engagement assessments. She supervises the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Effectiveness, QEP program, Undergraduate Research (URECA), and Women’s Center. Dr. Huo is a Professor of Civil Engineering with specialties in structural engineering and a licensed Professional Engineer.

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Dr. Bedelia Russell

Associate Provost, 931-372-3224

Dr. Russell supports the Provost and Academic Affairs in the areas of online education and faculty development strategic initiatives. As Associate Provost, she works with all faculty, and across all colleges and other faculty and student support areas, to facilitate online education expansion and continuous improvement. In addition, she has responsibilities for new faculty onboarding and orientation, tenure and promotion, and professional development/career support for faculty through oversight of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ). The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) and TNeCampus units are direct reports to her. Dr. Russell hold degrees from Tennessee Tech University (BSN), Vanderbilt University (MSN), and East Tennessee State University (PhD). She is a Professor of Nursing and is a licensed Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse, with national certifications as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (PNP-PC).


Dr. Julie Baker

Interim Associate Provost, 931-372-3224

Julie C. Baker currently serves as an interim associate provost in Academic Affairs. She provides support in the areas of academic space and course scheduling, serves as a liaison between Academic Affairs and ITS, facilitates processes of academic integrity, and works alongside the other provosts on tenure and promotion. She oversees the Honors Program, the Center for Global Experiences, and serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Baker began teaching at Tennessee Tech in 2006 and is a Professor in the College of Education. In addition to various faculty roles, she formerly served as associate dean in the College of Education and as a high school English teacher. She holds three degrees from Tennessee Tech: Exceptional Learning – Literacy (PhD), Instructional Leadership (MA), and Secondary Education – English (BS).

Angie Denson

Angie Denson
Executive Assistant to the Provost


Carol Holley

Carol Holley



Gail Gentry
Administrative Assistant


Patricia McKenzie

Patricia McKenzie
Financial Analyst


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Amy McCoy
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