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Garnett S. Stokes, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Garnett S. Stokes has served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University since 2011.

Dr. Stokes, who also holds an appointment as a professor in psychology at Florida State, serves as the chief academic officer and the second-highest ranking administrator of the university. Previously, she served as dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia from 2004 to 2010. Prior to serving as dean, she spent five years as the head of the Department of Psychology.

As Provost, Stokes oversees the overall academic mission of the university. She directs the allocation of academic resources; leads the development and enhancement of scholarship and research; evaluates the quality of academic activity; reviews all faculty appointments; and collaborates with the deans, faculty and officers of the university to promote academic excellence at all levels of the institution. Florida State's 16 colleges, as well as Faculty Advancement and Development, the Graduate School and the Division of Undergraduate Studies report to Dr. Stokes. She also oversees the offices of Admissions, Records and Financial Aid, International Programs, the Learning Systems Institute and Information Technology Services.

During Dr. Stokes' tenure at Florida State, she has focused on several initiatives that include 1) faculty advancement and development; 2) student graduate success; 3) university-wide hiring initiatives, including the development of an entrepreneur-in-residence program in each college; and 4) the establishment of an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Research focus and academic career

Dr. Stokes' research focuses on personnel selection and promotion, and areas of individual differences such as life history, personality and values. She is a widely published scholar in the area of industrial and organizational psychology and one of the most respected psychologists in her field. Much of her research – and the focus of a 1994 book (Biodata Handbook: Theory, Research, and Use of Biographical Information in Selection and Performance Prediction) – deals with biodata, involving the use of biographical information in decisions concerning selection and performance prediction: how personality, values, attitudes and life experiences are predictors of occupational choice. She is also a co-author of Patterns of Life History: The Ecology of Human Individuality (Applied Psychology Series) published in 1990.

As a consultant in the field of industrial psychology, Dr. Stokes has assisted businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in the development of biographical questionnaires, job, selection and promotion tests, and evaluations of training programs.

Dr. Stokes is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She earned two degrees from the University of Georgia: a doctorate in psychology with a specialty in industrial and organizational psychology and a Master of Science. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Dr. Stokes is married to Dr. Jeffrey N. Younggren, a practicing forensic and clinical psychologist. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and cycling, and likes to travel with her husband. She currently serves on the board of the United Way of the Big Bend.