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Paul Ballard

Assistant Provost of Student Success


Office of Student Success

570-348-6211 x2343

Learning Commons 370

Courses taught:

Management and Career Options BUS-123
Dr. Ballard has been in his role as Assistant Provost for Student Success since 2021. At the university, Ballard provides leadership for the Office of Student Success, which comprises Retention and Advising, Student Disability Services, Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Office of Military and Veterans Services, and the Career Development Center. The Office of Student Success provides timely and effective academic report services, and the Assistant Provost is responsible for providing the strategic leadership and management for the combined offices and their services. Dr. Ballard is also an Assistant Professor and teaches courses in Education and Business and Global Innovation departments.

Dr. Ballard started his professional career in K-12 as a special education teacher. He
then moved to Davenport University (MI) as their founding Director of Student
Access and was promoted to Executive Director of Student Affairs. Ballard then
transitioned to St. Norbert College (WI) as their founding Associate Dean for
Student Success and Retention and was a faculty member in the Schneider School
of Business and Economics where he served as the Director for Leadership

His research interests include the use of data for continuous improvement in
educational organizations including factors in student success, and retention.
Additionally, he has partnered on research focusing on increasing emotional
intelligence utilizing peer leadership training. He is a member of the American
College Personnel Association (ACPA) where he is the past-chair of the Taskforce
for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness. He also is also a member of
Association on Higher Education and Disability, where he served as secretary for
the Michigan division of the organization. Paul is a graduate of the ACPA’s Mid-
level Management Institute and the Senior Leadership Academy through
American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).

Dr. Ballard earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College (MI) in Learning Disabilities and Social Studies. He has a Master of Arts from Michigan State in Educational Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy from Western Michigan University in Higher Education Leadership. He has also taken additional coursework in curriculum, assessment and coaching from Grand Valley State University, Drake University, and University of South Carolina.