Reece Named Associate Vice Provost; Student Success Structure Reorganized

Anton Reece, executive director of the Student Success Center, has been named associate vice provost and director of the Student Success Center.

His promotion comes as part of a larger reorganization of Student Success.

Associate Provost Ruth Darling announced the changes and said the restructuring “embraces our current strategies and successes, best practices in student success, and the recommendations made in Vol Vision 2020.”

reece-465“Dr. Reece is a strong leader that inspires his staff, co-workers across the campus and the students he encounters,” she said. “He became director of the Student Success Center in 2009 and executive director in 2014, and has overseen multiple programs there, including academic coaching, supplemental instruction, tutoring, and success workshops. We’re pleased that he’ll be taking on this added role in supporting offices dedicated to helping our students transition to college, succeed in their studies, and find additional opportunities for study, research, and experience learning.”

Reece has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting news and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Eastern Kentucky University and a doctorate in education psychology and research with a collaborative learning concentration from UT. Before assuming leadership roles at the Student Success Center, he was academic support coordinator at what is now the Frieson Black Cultural Center and director of student activities. Before coming to UT, he was dean of students and enrollment at West Kentucky Community and Technical College Community College in Paducah, Kentucky. Before moving into academia, he worked in radio and television in his native Barbados.

As of June 1, reporting lines for the Student Success Center, First-Year Studies, and the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships will fall under the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs R. J. Hinde.

Reece will report to Hinde.

Jason Mastrogiovanni, director of First-Year Studies; Andrew Seidler, director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships; and Ronald McFadden, director of the Educational Advancement Program, will report to Reece.

Darling will remain an associate provost and will chair the provost’s tactics team and coordinate university-wide advising initiatives. She also will coordinate the development and implementation of a university-wide program for academic advisor development and career advancement.