Senior Staff

The Provost's Senior Staff take direct responsibility for guiding the academic development and direction of the institution in accordance with the University's mission. Senior Staff work to develop, review, and implement all academic policies and regulations, as well as implementing the University's strategic plan. Senior staff are also involved with finance and personnel, and they oversee various other projects and initiatives developed through the Provost's office.

Associate Provosts


Benjamin B. Bederson is the Associate Provost of Learning Initiatives & Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center. Dr. Bederson is a Professor of Computer Science and prior director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and iSchool. The TLTC inspires and supports effective, engaging, efficient, and equitable teaching innovations among the University’s instructors and assistants. The TLTC team provides faculty, students, and staff with training, resources, professional development activities, and individualized consultation to transform their classrooms and careers.

Contact: | 301.405.3394


Betsy Beise is a Professor of Physics and the Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Programs. Her responsibilities include oversight of the development and implementation of new academic programs, reviews of academic units, centers and institutes, and review and administration of academic agreements, both domestic and international. Dr. Beise also broadly manages the University’s academic programs located at the Universities at Shady Grove. Dr. Beise researches the use of electromagnetic and weak probes of the internal structure of protons, neutrons and light nuclei, and on the use of nuclear physics techniques to test fundamental symmetries of nature.

Contact: | 301.405.6836


John Bertot is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and a Professor in the College of Information Studies (the iSchool). Under Dr. Bertot, the Office of Faculty Affairs supports all aspects of faculty experience at the University, such as managing the APT process to ensure excellence and equity in tenure decisions, facilitating human resource functions, overseeing professional development opportunities for faculty, and advocating for faculty interests and perspectives in the leadership of the University.

Contact: | 301.405.6803


Jeffrey Franke is the Interim Dean of the Graduate School, leading one of the largest graduate education enterprises in the country. Under Dean Franke, the Graduate School provides leadership for graduate education at UMD and builds robust research and academic support programs to ensure student success. Mr. Franke previously was Associate Dean/Chief of Staff of the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.

Contact: | 301.405.4205


William A. Cohen was appointed Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies in August 2015. His office supports the retention, graduation, and instructional needs of all undergraduate students. Dr. Cohen chaired the English department from 2012 to 2015 and previously served as director of undergraduate studies and as associate chair of English. Dean Cohen has been a faculty member since 1993. His scholarship and teaching focus on the literature and culture of the Victorian period; the history of sexuality, the body, and the senses; and literary theory and the novel.

Contact: | 301.405.9354


Steve Fetter was named Associate Provost for Academic Affairs in 2013. Dr. Fetter has been a professor in the School of Public Policy since 1988, serving as dean of the School from 2005 to 2009.  Currently, he is on leave to the The White House, where he leads the national security and international affairs division in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Contact: | 301.405.5793

Associate Vice Presidents


Dean Chang is Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Dr. Chang leads the campus-wide Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which aims to help all students and researchers cultivate the innovator and entrepreneurial mindset inside of them through design thinking, lean startup, and team-based experiential learning. Dr. Chang previously led the technology startup venture programs in the Clark School of Engineering and before that was CTO and VP Gaming Business of Immersion Corporation, a venture-backed, Stanford University robotics lab spinout (NASDAQ: IMMR).

Contact: | 301.314.8121


Barbara Gill is the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, an area that oversees the Offices of Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Admissions, Strategic Planning and Communication, and Enrollment Operations. As the chief admissions officer since 2001, Ms. Gill’s areas of responsibility expanded to include student financial aid and enrollment operations in 2014. A University of Maryland alumna, Ms. Gill has been a staff member since 1986.

Contact: | 301.314.8350


Cynthia R. Hale is the Associate Vice President for Finance and Personnel. She reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, advising the Provost on all issues related to the $645 million Academic Affairs operating budget. She also provides leadership in collaborative efforts to find solutions for funding and operational challenges. Under the direction of Ms. Hale, finance and personnel staff provide information about policies, procedures, and resources related to the financial and personnel functions of the Division of Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland.

Contact: | 301.405.6818


Ross Lewin is Associate Vice President for International Affairs, responsible for the strategic planning and direction of the University of Maryland’s internationalization efforts. Dr. Lewin leads the Office of International Affairs and its units in enhancing international programs and services for both the campus community and international visitors; and developing strategic partnerships with leading academic and research institutions, international corporations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations around the world.

Contact: | 301.405.4769


Kumea Shorter-Gooden is the first Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Vice President at the University. The Chief Diversity Officer is charged with managing implementation of the University's Strategic Plan for Diversity. Dr. Shorter-Gooden heads the University’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion and directly oversees several units that support an equitable and inclusive campus. She serves on the President’s Cabinet and chairs the Equity Council, the Diversity Advisory Council, and the College and Division Diversity Officers.

Contact: | 301.405.6810


Chuck Wilson, Associate Vice President for Records, Registration, and Extended Studies, is responsible for the administration of the Office of Extended Studies, the Office of the Registrar, and the Academic Business Analysis unit. The Office of Extended Studies administers the University’s Summer Session, Winter Session, Freshmen Connection Program, and a range of professional and continuing education programs. The Office of the Registrar maintains student academic records, manages course registration, and coordinates course and classroom scheduling. The Academic Business Analysis unit supports broad academic affairs initiatives.

Contact: | 301.405.0338

Assistant Vice President

La Voy

Sharon A. La Voy is Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment. IRPA responds to the reporting needs of the University community, the University System of Maryland, state and federal governments, and other organizations for the purposes of decision making, policy analysis, planning, program review, accountability and accreditation. Ms. La Voy has been at UMD since 1995, and joined IRPA in 2000. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Education from Stanford University.

Contact: | 301.405.3828

Executive Directors


Stewart Edelstein is Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove. Dr. Edelstein works closely with the university system to build partnerships and degree programs at Shady Grove. He is also responsible for working with Montgomery College and the Montgomery County Public School System to develop programs at USG that meet the higher education needs of the County and the region.

Contact: | 301.738.6034


Thomas Fuerst is the Executive Director of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR). IBBR is a joint research enterprise created to enhance collaboration among the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the fields of medicine, biosciences, technology, quantitative sciences and engineering. Dr. Fuerst leads IBBR in leveraging advances in innovative science and technology to facilitate the transition from basic scientific discoveries to the development of new medical products and diagnostics that address unmet medical and public health needs.

Contact: | 240.314.6507


Martin Wollesen is the Executive Director of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. He provides innovative and strategic leadership for the performing arts through robust campus and community partnerships. With collaboration as a core operating tenant, Wollesen works with university leadership and academic and student partners to advance the performing arts at the University of Maryland, strengthen faculty and student relationships in the arts; and cultivate new and existing community connections for The Clarice.

Contact: | 301.405.2993

Executive Assistant


Beverly Rodgerson is the Executive Assistant to the Provost. She provides direct administrative support to the Provost, with responsibility for managing the Provost's calendar, organizing meetings and events, managing the office workflow and staff, and drafting and editing correspondence, reports, and other documents. She also serves as the Provost’s representative on the University’s Diving Control Board. Ms. Rodgerson is an alumna of UMD and held positions in various campus offices before joining the Office of the Provost in 2001.

Contact: | 301.405.6814