Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5204 USA
Haylee Knowles, Executive Assistant Senior to the Provost, is a proud Bronco alumna (Master of Public Administration, 2018) and joined the WMU family in 2012. Her professional journey at the university began humbly in the Parking Services Office. In 2015, she joined the world of Academic Affairs, assuming the role of executive assistant to the dean at the College of Health and Human Services; she served Dean Earlie Washington in that capacity until 2017, when she found herself inexplicably drawn to and energized by the sweeping leadership changes taking place in the university’s senior executive suite. She enthusiastically accepted her current position in August of 2017.
Prior to starting a career at WMU, Haylee earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Communication from Grand Valley State University and spent several years working in a variety of customer service and administrative roles, from office and retail management, to jewelry sales and home loan servicing. Her professional experiences have provided her opportunities to grow as a leader and develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
As the Provost’s executive assistant senior, Haylee serves as the Dr. Bott’s principal point of contact and advisor. As such, she is responsible for overseeing a diverse, extensive, and everchanging portfolio of academic affairs strategic initiatives. She provides administrative support to the Provost’s Council, Integrated Leadership Team, and Academic Forum; she also leads a team that collectively provides operational support and routine administrative functions for the Office of the Provost and all senior executive offices located in the university’s presidential suite.
At home, Haylee shares life with a husband, Ryan, and is known as “mom” to two daughters, Lilliann (“Lillie”) and Mila. In their shared time, they enjoy reading books, visiting with family, playing games, and having dance parties. Three tenacious cats – known as Oberon, Tuxi, and Squirmy – complete the Knowles family and provide ample entertainment.