Provost & Vice President
On January 2, 2013, Dr. Martha Saunders assumed the role of provost and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs at the University of West Florida. Dr. Saunders has extensive and highly-successful experience in academic leadership, including serving as president of the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007-2012. Dr. Saunders received her doctorate in Communication Theory & 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.
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 our College of Arts & Sciences.