Administrative Staff


  • Senior Advisor to the Provost

    Jim Frabutt

    Jim Frabutt is the senior advisor to the provost. His responsibilities range from coordinating the efforts of the Deans Council and the operations of the Office of the Provost to managing academic program reviews and strategic projects on behalf of the provost.

    Senior Advisor to the Provost

  • Senior Director for Budget and Administration

    Tracy Biggs

    Tracy Biggs is the senior director for budget and administration for the Office of the Provost. In this capacity, she assists with academic budgets and data stewardship and helps coordinate the efforts of collegiate business managers.

    Senior Director for Budget and Administration

  • Executive Director of Academic Communications

    Cidni Sanders

    Cidni Sanders is the executive director of academic communications. Working with the provost, associate provosts, and other academic leaders, she leads strategic communications and marketing efforts for the academy, with special emphasis on promoting Notre Dame’s academic and research strengths, global reach, and new initiatives.

    Executive Director of Academic Communications

  • Academic Initiatives Program Director

    Joe Lyphout

    Joe Lyphout is academic initiatives program director. In this capacity, he provides planning and execution for cross-functional projects on behalf of the Office of the Provost. He serves as the faculty-related data expert and enhances academy data systems and reporting tools.

    Academic Initiatives Program Director

  • Executive Administrator – Communications

    Ted Fox

    Ted Fox is the office’s executive administrator, specializing in communications. He manages the Office of the Provost website, hosts and produces the With a Side of Knowledge podcast, and provides a wide range of writing, communications, and project management support to the provost and associate provosts as well as other members of the administrative staff.

    Executive Administrator – Communications