Provost & Staff

The Provost and his staff support the ongoing operations of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Lynn Gillette

Dr. Lynn G. Gillette

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Lynn G. Gillette joined Lake Superior State University July 1, 2018 as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. At LSSU, he is working with the faculty and staff to ensure that we equip students for success at Lake State and after they graduate. He is also working with the faculty to develop new academic programs that meet student needs and the needs of the marketplace.

Prior to joining LSSU, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nicholls State University. He worked with faculty and staff to create and implement multiple initiatives to increase student success and retention. In three years, freshmen retention increased by 11 percentage points. He also worked with the faculty to add new programs that increased enrollment.

Prior to joining Nicholls, he was Provost and Executive Vice President and then President of Sierra Nevada College (SNC). Working with everyone on campus, large historic operating deficits were eliminated and the College achieved unprecedented financial stability. He worked with the faculty to transform SNC to a culture of active learning in every class, undergraduate research in every major, service learning required for all interdisciplinary majors, and student academic competitions and symposiums. He and the faculty added fifteen new academic programs that led to an increase in enrollment.

Dr. Gillette has served on the faculty of multiple institutions including Texas A & M University, the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, the University of Kentucky, and Tulane University.

He is a recognized expert in innovative teaching techniques that engage students in their learning, and he has received 13 outstanding teaching awards. He has given over 60 presentations at professional conferences on active learning, retention, and change management. He received a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond, a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University, and he is a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

Dr. Gillette has two daughters: Jacquelyn, an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Danielle, a senior at the University of Missouri – Columbia and a future medical doctor. He has an identical twin brother, Bob, who is a professor in economics at the University of Kentucky. He and his brother both played intercollegiate baseball at the University of Richmond.

Provost’s Staff

Gail Essmaker

Gail Essmaker

Vice Provost for Accreditation and Assessment



Sausha Tews

Administrative Assistant