The deans of the nine academic colleges, the libraries, Graduate School, and the Division of Continuing Education report to Mason. Kansas State University has three campuses that also report to Mason: Manhattan, Salina and Olathe. University offices also associated with the Office of the Provost include: Information Technology Services, Diversity, International Programs, and the Center for Engagement and Community Development.
Mason came to K-State from the position of dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University. In this position, April gave leadership to the academic programs of the College. Before Colorado State University, Mason was on the faculty and served as an administrator at Purdue University in the College of Consumer and Family Science and the Department of Foods and Nutrition.
April holds her doctorate degree in Nutrition and her master's degree in Botany from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN and her undergraduate degree in Biology from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Mason’s faculty home at Kansas State University is as a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition. Her primary research areas have been food security and nutrient availability from plant food products. April has traveled extensively with her research work, most notably in Costa Rica and Indonesia.