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The Provost serves as Chief Academic Officer for Lesley University to ensure that our academic programs meet high standards for quality. The Provost and all members of the Provost Office team work collaboratively across the university with faculty, academic deans, budget officers, program directors, advisors, admissions counselors, alumni, and current students.

The Provost’s Office area includes the following student- and faculty-serving offices:




Jonathan Jefferson, Interim Provost

Jonathan Jefferson, Chief Academic Officer and Provost

Diana Direiter

Diana Direiter, Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

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Ellen Jackson, Project Director, Adjunct Faculty Affairs and Center for Teaching Learning and Scholarship (CTLS)

Ellen supports all the departments across the university to recruit, hire and train adjunct faculty. She works with the Dean of Faculty to provide faculty development through the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. Ellen also co-chairs Community of Scholars.

Email:    Phone: 617.349.8207

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Randi Korn, Assistant Provost for Academic Success

Randi has 20 years of experience addressing areas of student success. She enjoys using Design Thinking to assess, strategize and develop new processes and activities to improve the outcomes of all students at Lesley University. A special area of research and interest is first-generation, low-income and underprepared students.

Email:    Phone: 617.349.8596

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Eileen Kronauer, Grants Officer

Eileen has over 15 years of experience working in grants management. She puts faculty at ease while exploring, applying for, and managing external grant funding to support their research and academic programs.

Email:    Phone: 617.349.8991


Sheryl Lewis

Sheryl Lewis, Director, Faculty Systems and Analytics

Email:    Phone: 617.349.8287

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Lisa O'Neill, Manager of Academic Operations and Special Projects

Lisa is currently Interim Director of the Early College Access program. She is also responsible for academic operations led by the Provost's Office and special projects usually involving systems. She enjoys defying the law of entropy. A Lesley graduate, Lisa loves working in a culture that values relationships, community, and social justice. 

Email:    Phone: 617.349.8517


Contact Us

Provost’s Office
29 Everett Street