Office of the Provost Staff

Patricia D. Denison
Associate Provost

110 Milbank Hall

Patricia Denison was appointed Associate Provost in July 2014.  In this role, she provides leadership responsibility in managing faculty governance, grants, grievances, curriculum, and adjunct hiring.  As faculty liaison to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, she works closely with the Faculty Governance and Procedures Committee. She serves as Chair of the Committee on Instruction and the Faculty Grants Committee.  She also oversees Academic Program Reviews and serves as the Barnard College Research Integrity Officer.  She manages projects that support faculty development and curricular innovation, helps coordinate academic planning and assessment, and supervises the Provost's Office publications.  She joined the Barnard Department of English in 1990, and as Senior Lecturer in English and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Drama and Theatre Arts, she teaches courses in dramatic literature and theatre studies.  She has served as Acting Director of the First-Year Seminar Program, Interim Chair of the Department of Theatre, member of committees such as Faculty Governance and Procedures, Faculty Advisory Council, Joint Faculty and Administrative Benefits Committee, and Chair of Faculty Finance and Resources Committee.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia; has published articles on Victorian drama, modern British drama and American drama; has edited a collection of essays, John Osborne: A Casebook; and is finishing her book: A. W. Pinero in Perspective: Victorian Theatre and Dramatic Modernism.

Leslie Cawley
Director, Academic Budget and Planning

110 MIlbank Hall
(212) 854-2709

Leslie Cawley is responsible for faculty planning and budgeting for the Academic Affairs Division, working closely with department chairs and directors of academic centers and programs to set priorities and determine each unit’s financial needs. In addition, she works closely with College administrators and faculty members on a range of matters related to faculty affairs. She serves as a resource for information about faculty appointments, grants, leaves and promotions, and oversees the Academic Division finances, including sponsored research and external grants. She holds a A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management.

Lisa Hollibaugh
Dean, International and Global Strategy

(212) 854-7430

Lisa Hollibaugh was appointed Dean for International and Global Strategy in June 2014. In this role, she supports Barnard’s faculty in their international research, partnerships, and opportunities, and she organizes a variety of programs and projects at the college to enhance the educational and research experiences of students and faculty globally. She also collaborates with her colleagues who oversee international student programs and study abroad programs. Before joining the Office of the Provost, she served for seven years as Barnard’s First-Year Class Dean in the Office of the Dean of Studies. She received her B.A. in English and Music from Rice University, her M.A. in Theatre Arts from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Dana Johnson
Manager, Academic Programs and Faculty Support

110 Milbank Hall

Dana Johnson oversees the administrative support and related operational services for faculty members and academic departments and programs, a role she assumed in December 2012.  Reporting to the Provost, she is responsible for coordinating faculty review processes, including third year reviews, tenure, internal promotions, and senior off-ladder faculty reappointments. She also supervises the faculty department and program assistants and serves as administrative manager for the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary StudiesReacting to the Past Initiative, and other special academic projects as assigned by the Provost. Dana is a Barnard alumna from the Class of 2004.

Debra Minkoff
Dean, Faculty Diversity and Development

332D Milbank Hall

Debra Minkoff was appointed Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development in 2013. In this half-time position, she is responsible for supporting the increase of diversity among the faculty and expanding the College's support for faculty throughout their careers. Dean Minkoff serves as an important adviser on faculty search committees and works with faculty as they join the college as well as when they prepare for third-year and tenure reviews. Working with the Faculty Diversity and Development Committee, Dean Minkoff oversees new faculty orientation, the faculty mentor program, the junior faculty research talk series, the Willen seminar, and other initiatives undertaken to reach the goals of diversity and development.

Larry Picard
Executive Assistant to the Provost and Office Manager

110 Milbank Hall

As Executive Assistant to the Provost, Larry Picard facilitates all communication to and from the Provost’s Office and is the first point of contact for many. Larry is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of the Provost, which include managing the Provost’s calendar, correspondence, and travel arrangements. He also provides administrative support for the committees and meetings sponsored by the Provost.

Annie Burrows
Academic Affairs Analyst

101 Milbank Hall
(212) 854-2297

Annie Burrows supports the Provost’s Office in the administration of Academic Affairs finances and planning. She maintains faculty records, assists with the annual budget process, and supports the administration of grants and other external funding. In addition, Annie manages faculty appointment information and processes financial transactions for faculty travel and research. Annie received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and holds master’s degrees from the University of Alcalá and the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. 

Sarah Greene
Program Manager, Barnard Teaches: Real Place + Digital Access

Coordinator, Advisory Committee on Appointments, Tenure and Promotion (ATP)


101 Milbank Hall

Sarah Greene manages Barnard Teaches, a technology and place-based learning initiative made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She collaborates closely with Barnard faculty, administrators, and staff as well as partner-institutions located in New York City. She is responsible for completing various administrative tasks, some of which include aiding in the preparation and execution of Barnard Teaches courses, providing support for summer internships at partner-institutions, and overseeing the Digital Fellows program, a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for students to develop new software and web-based skills. In addition, Sarah is currently responsible for coordinating faculty review processes for ATP. Sarah received her M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and has worked at the College since 2008.

Abby Lembersky
Coordinator, International Programs and Special Projects

101 Milbank Hall
(212) 853-0426

Abby Lembersky supports international programs led by Barnard’s faculty and coordinates special projects that enhance the global experiences of the Barnard community. She also provides additional support for many of the College's elected faculty committees—including the Faculty Governance and Procedures Committee (FGP)—and assists in organizing faculty elections. Abby received her B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University.

Elizabeth McKee
Assistant Office Manager

101 Milbank Hall
(212) 853-0425

Liz McKee performs administrative and organizational tasks such as coordinating files for Faculty Conference Travel Grants, digitizing documents, and assisting with processes throughout the office. She tracks office purchasing and expenses, and she checks information on financial documents, revising where necessary. Liz also maintains the Executive Assistant and Office Manager position in Larry Picard's absence.

Deysy Ordóñez-Arreola
Academic Coordinator, Curriculum Review

101 Milbank Hall
(212) 854-8365

Deysy Ordóñez-Arreola organizes and coordinates the Academic Curricular Review comprised of seven subcommittees in collaboration with the Provost and committee chairs. In addition to providing data, analysis, and research in support of the Steering Committee and Sub-Committee work, she also coordinates correspondence among and across sub-committees, and outreach to varied constituents including faculty, staff, students and peer institutions. She received both her B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures focused on Chinese History from Columbia University. In between her degrees she served as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Macau, Macau S.A.R, People's Republic of China.

Robert O'Rourke
Coordinator, Academic Affairs

101 Milbank Hall
(212) 854-9551

Bobby O’Rourke supports the Office of the Provost by assisting in budget development, processing financial transactions, and maintaining faculty records. He also provides administrative support for a number of faculty committees. Bobby received his A.A. in Liberal Studies from Union County College, his B.A. in English from Rutgers University, and his M.A. in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Madeleine Welte
Coordinator, Academic Affairs

101 Milbank Hall
(212) 854-9556

Madeleine Welte maintains Provost Office communications through the website and other publications. She supports the Associate Provost in conducting Academic Program Reviews (APRs) and coordinating the Committee on Instruction (COI) and the COI Sub-Committee for Student Appeals. She also maintains curricular information for the Course Evaluations process and the Course Catalogue as well as provides additional support for special projects as assigned by the Provost. Madeleine holds a B.A. in English from Yale University.