Provost and Executive Vice President
Dr. Martha Saunders, Provost and Executive Vice President, serves as the chief academic officer and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs, as well as the chief operating officer with oversight over all University divisions.
Saunders has extensive and highly successful experience in academic leadership, including serving as President of the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007-2012. Prior to her tenure at Southern Mississippi, she served as chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2005-2007, after serving as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Columbus State University from 2002-2005.
She began her career at UWF in 1984 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts, and eventually became coordinator of the Public Relations Program. She also served as director of the University Honors Program and associate dean of the College of Arts & Social Sciences from 1996-1999. In 2000, she was named dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Saunders received a doctorate in communication theory and research from Florida State University. She received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Southern Mississippi.