|Martha Saunders, Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (850) 474.2035
Fax: (850) 474.3131
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.
|Kevin Bailey, Vice President
for Student Affairs
Phone: (850) 474.2214
Fax: (850) 474.3131
Dr. Kevin Bailey is the vice president for Student Affairs. He provides leadership and oversight for the formulation, coordination and implementation of university-wide policies, programs and services related to the personal, cultural and general welfare of the student body outside the classroom. He has been in student affairs for 20 years and has worked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bowling Green State University, Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University before assuming his role at UWF in August 2010.
Bailey, as most people call him, is active in the student affairs profession having served elected or appointed positions in state, regional and national organizations including the Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA), ACPA and NASPA. He has delivered numerous presentations and is the co-author of book chapters in the Jossey-Bass Publications African American Men in College, Campus Crisis Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Prevention, Response and Recovery and the NASPA Publication Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs. He is skilled in the development of student leadership programs and managing campus crises. As a Hurricane Katrina survivor, Dr. Bailey was the subject of a 2007 documentary produced by WIUP-TV on leadership and crisis. A follow-up documentary was produced in 2008.
Dr. Bailey has been recognized by the City of Toledo, OH, Outstanding Young Men of America, the International Who’s Who of Professionals, Bowling Green State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for his professional accomplishments and contributions to student life and higher education. Most recently, he was recognized by his alma mater as the 2009 Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
Bailey holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University and is a graduate of the Management Development Program sponsored by the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. His master’s and bachelor’s degrees are from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA, is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and went to the same high school as Bill Cosby, Teller of Penn & Teller, and Larry of the Three Stooges. He proudly boasts that he has never mowed a lawn in his life!
|Brendan Kelly, Interim Vice President
for University Advancement
Phone: (850) 474.3306
Fax: (850) 474.2037
Dr. Brendan Kelly was named Interim Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida in April 2013. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Kelly served as the Director of the School of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and Chair of the Department of Communication Arts at UWF.
In his role as Interim Vice President, Dr. Kelly serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and provides executive leadership to a team of more than 60 professionals in the Division of Advancement, overseeing the university's integrated marketing and communications efforts, as well as all of the development and alumni relations' activities. In addition, he oversees the UWF Foundation, whose current endowment investment pool exceeds $60 million. As the institution's chief philanthropic officer, Dr. Kelly is responsible for the university's 50th anniversary campaign (2017), which is currently in the feasibility-testing phase.
Dr. Kelly also leads the efforts of UWF Historic Trust, which is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Northwest Florida. Historic Trust manages 28 properties in downtown historic Pensacola and the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton. In addition, Dr. Kelly oversees WUWF Public Media, which creates, acquires and distributes audio and video content through broadcast, web and community outreach.
A faculty member in the Department of Communication Arts since 2004, Dr. Kelly previously served as the director of the nationally recognized UWF Speech and Debate program, and specializes in speech communication training. He has taught courses in political communication, speech communication, communication ethics and various areas related to strategic communication.
Dr. Kelly's scholarship and research concentrates on political campaign communication and presidential rhetoric, as well as communication pedagogy and training.
Since arriving at UWF, Kelly has been recognized through multiple honors, including the UWF Distinguished Teaching Award; induction into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame, Eastern Michigan University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award; induction into the Eastern Michigan University Forensics Hall of Fame; the UWF Faculty Excellence award in Student Affairs; and was recognized by the US Department of Defense as a Patriotic Employer.
Additionally, Dr. Kelly served as the National Tournament Director for the National Forensic Association and the Chair of the Argumentation and Forensics Division of the National Communication Association.
|Susan Stephenson, Vice President
of Business, Finance, and Facilities
Phone: (850) 474.2210
Fax: (850) 474.2203
Dr. Susan Stephenson was selected to be the Vice President for Business, Finance, and Facilities in January, 2013. She provides leadership and oversight for the institution's budget process, auxiliary services, financial services, procurement and contracts, campus building and grounds, and the campus master plan implementation. She is also the institution's liaison to the newest direct support organization, UWF Business Enterprises, Inc. (BEI). She serves as the University's Chief Financial Officer.
She has worked in higher education administration for over 20 years. Prior to coming to Pensacola as the Executive Director of the UWF Foundation in 2005, she held a variety of administrative positions at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Susan has a Master in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Arkansas. She earned her Certified Public Accountant in Arkansas in 1990. She is also a certified internal auditor and a certified fraud examiner.
Dr. Stephenson has also taught courses in the Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration, M.Ed. program and the Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice program.
|Kimberly Brown, Vice President
and Chief of Staff
Phone: (850) 474.2200
Fax: (850) 474.3131
Dr. Kimberly Sessions Brown was promoted to be Vice President and Chief of Staff for the President and President's Division in January, 2013. She provides leadership for the departments in the President's division including Government Relations, Human Resources, the Office of Economic Development and Engagement, Florida Small Business Development Center, and the Haas Center for Business Research and Development. On behalf of the UWF President she also serves as the liaison to the UWF Board of Trustees and provides leadership for the administrative team in the Office of the President. In addition, she facilitates the operational needs of the office of the General Counsel.
She has served in higher education administration for 19 years, having previously served in the Office of the President under Presidents Morris Marx and John Cavanaugh. Prior to coming to the University of West Florida in 1994, she held a variety of administrative positions in healthcare, county government, and in her family's entrepreneurial businesses.
Kim has a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama, a Masters in Public Administration, and Bachelors of Science in Business Administration both from the University of West Florida. She has served on professional boards of the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, The National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education, The Association of Governing Boards Board Professionals, and the Greater Pensacola Society for Human Resources Management.