Office of the Provost
Ensuring Excellence in all Aspects of Student Life and Learning
Creighton University’s provost, Mardell A. Wilson, EdD, is the institution’s chief academic officer. The Office of the Provost oversees each aspect of the educational experience for all Creighton students.
Mardell Wilson, EdD, was named provost at Creighton University effective Oct. 1, 2020.
Dr. Wilson previously served as professor and dean of the Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University (SLU) since August 2014.
Prior to her time at SLU, Dr. Wilson spent 17 years as a professor and administrator at Illinois State University. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the associate vice president for Academic Fiscal Management in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Illinois State.
She began her tenure at Illinois State in 1997 as an assistant professor of food, nutrition and dietetics in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and was promoted to full professor in 2010. She also served terms as acting associate provost and assistant provost.
Dr. Wilson earned her undergraduate degree in human resources and family studies dietetics from the University of Illinois and her master’s degree in the field from Eastern Illinois University. Her EdD is in curriculum and instruction from Illinois State University. Dr. Wilson is a registered dietitian nutritionist.
At both SLU and Illinois State, Dr. Wilson worked to cultivate an environment in which inclusivity and appreciation for diverse perspectives were fostered and celebrated.
With her background in the allied health professions and in her role as dean of the health sciences college at SLU, Dr. Wilson effectively collaborated with deans and faculty across the university’s schools and colleges, and developed a five-year research plan, a peer-reviewed publication support program, and the foundation for an interdisciplinary PhD program, among other initiatives.
All schools and colleges report to the provost, in addition to the following areas:
Academic and Faculty Affairs
A. Barron Breland, DM
Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS)
Learning and Assessment
Gail M. Jensen, PhD
Vice Provost, Learning and Assessment
Research and Scholarship
Joseph A. Knezetic, PhD
Director, Research Compliance
Sponsored Programs Administration
Beth Herr, MPA, CRA, CFRA
Director, Sponsored Programs Administration