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Office of the Provost

As Cleary’s chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for setting the University’s academic strategy and priorities. The Provost supervises deans and all academic support units, and with their assistance cultivates areas of excellence and enhances collaboration within and between schools. She also allocates financial resources according to academic priorities, in cooperation with university financial officers.

Greetings current and future Cougars!

Cleary University is a place of transformation, where we have educated people who believe in leadership, innovation and community to change the world. Our founder, P.R. Cleary, had a vision of an educational institution that welcomed all people seeking skills and training to improve their communities by contributing in meaningful ways. In 1883, when Cleary was first established, the Cleary family knew well that not everyone was welcome in higher education at the time. They were Irish immigrants who had seen doors closed to them because of their heritage, and they wanted to make sure that every American could have access to education and the benefits that come from it.

That legacy has led us through three centuries of empowering Americans with business skills that lead them forward. Our first two students were women at a time when many women were not even taught to read. We continue that tradition of eliminating barriers and providing access, introducing programs and activities that move us all forward. In the last decade, we’ve added 20 varsity athletic teams. We have expanded our educational offerings to include an MBA in Women’s Leadership, an MBA in E-learning, and so much more. We have passionate leaders imagining new ways to learn and connect, and our students remark that their experiences learning in-person and online are equally inspiring and personal. We are known for knowing our students and making sure every person within the Cleary brand matters.

If you’re looking for a transformational education at a place where you’ll never get lost, Cleary is the place for you. Cleary graduates are impacting every corner of our world. With a business degree from Cleary University, you never know how far you can go!

Emily Barnes
Provost
Cleary University

Academic Administration

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall
Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies
Professor of Business
Faculty Athletics Representative
Sara Barnwell, PhD
Dean of Academic Operations
Heather Bateman
Senior Vice President for Campus Operations
Director of Athletics