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 Provost for Academic Planning & Programs
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.
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
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.
Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Jack Blanchard is the Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning. Jack's responsibilities as Associate Provost will include oversight of the campus ERP Team for the successful implementation of the new Human Capital Management and Student Information systems. He will provide strategic oversight of the design of the comprehensive project and governance structure and communicate project status to executive leadership and the University community.
Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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).
William A. Cohen
Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies
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.
Associate Provost for Planning and Special Projects
David Cronrath is a professor of Architecture and Associate Provost for Planning and Special Projects. His responsibilities include: serving as UMD liaison to The Phillips Collection partnership, strategic planning and design advisor for academic facilities, board member of the Terrapin Development Corporation and a member of the Administrative Modernization Program team. Prior to joining the leadership team he was Dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 2010-2017.
Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove
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.
Chief Diversity Officer (interim)
Cynthia Edmunds brings 25 years of experience in higher education, including 17 years at Johns Hopkins University in academic administration. She has worked for 15 years providing counseling in work relationships, performance coaching, mediation, and process consulting. From 2005 - 2008, Ms. Edmunds was the Associate Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, focusing on organizational effectiveness. In this role, she was responsible for increasing individual and organizational capacity in a diverse community. Her work as the equity officer for the Stamp Student Union supported a vibrant and inclusive organization.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Steve Fetter is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, and in that capacity works with the Provost and members of her senior staff on a wide range of issues. Dr. Fetter has been a professor in the School of Public Policy since 1988 (website: http://faculty.publicpolicy.umd.edu/fetter), serving as dean of the School from 2005 to 2009. His research and policy interests include nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear energy and releases of radiation, and low-carbon energy supply. He has taken leave from the University to work in the Department of Defense, the State Department, and, most recently, the White House, where he directed the national security and international affairs division in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Executive Director of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
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.
Director of Operations
Megan Gebregziabher, Director of Operations, provides leadership to the administrative team in support of the Provost. Her main areas of focus are workflow management, strategic initiatives and communications. She also oversees the Provost's calendar, the organization of meetings and events, and the overall administrative efforts for the Office of the Provost.
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
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. Gillâ€™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.
Cynthia R. Hale
Associate Vice President for Finance and Personnel
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.
Sharon A. La Voy
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment
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.
Associate Vice President for International Affairs
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.
Executive Director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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.