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Susana Rivera-Mills became provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Ball State University in July 2018. As provost, she oversees all aspects of our academic mission, including supporting leadership for all academic units. She plays a crucial role in the development and implementation of our strategic plan. She brings extensive administrative experience, and her passion to connect universities to their communities, to Ball State. Susana’s goal is to create a learning environment where all students can access a high-quality education and succeed in order to reach their full potential. Before coming to Ball State, she served as vice provost for academic programs and learning innovation at Oregon State University. There, she served in other key positions including dean of undergraduate studies and was professor of Spanish linguistics and diversity advancement. As a first-generation college student, Susana understands the transformative power of education. She earned her bachelor’s in Spanish and a master’s in Spanish linguistics from the University of Iowa. Her doctorate is from the University of New Mexico. Susana’s research focuses on Latino communities, Spanish language and culture, issues in sociolinguistics, as well as online teaching and learning.