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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.

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Michelle Appel

Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment | 301-405-0475

Michelle Appel is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment (IRPA). Her team provides analytic information about the University of Maryland for the purposes of decision-making, policy analysis, strategic planning, mandated reporting, and program review. The office supports assessment in a variety of contexts including leadership of the Campus Assessment Working Group and membership on a variety of learning outcomes assessment committees. 


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Dylan Baker

Assistant Vice President for Finance | 301-405-5632

Dylan Baker is the Assistant Vice President for Finance for the Office of the Provost. He serves as the chief financial and budgetary advisor to the Provost, providing financial leadership in the areas of resource stewardship, enrollment management, strategic planning, and academic investment. Mr. Baker works closely with the Chief Financial Officer and College Budget Officers to continually improve campus resource management processes. He is widely regarded as an excellent problem solver who expertly applies his extensive knowledge of financial systems, budget models, and policy development to the achievement of diverse strategic goals.  

Elizabeth Beise

Elizabeth Beise

Senior Associate Provost | 301-405-6836

Betsy Beise is a Professor of Physics and the Senior Associate Provost. 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 University System of Maryland's Regional Centers. Dr. Beise's scientific career has been focused on 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. 

John Bertot

John Bertot

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs | 301.405.6803

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.

Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard

Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) | 301.405.8438

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.

William A. Cohen

William A. Cohen

Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies | 301.405.9354

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.

Megan Gebregziabher

Megan Gebregziabher

Director and Chief of Staff | 301.405.6814

Megan Gebregziabher, Director and Chief of Staff, 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.

Barbara Gill

Barbara Gill

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management | 301.314.8350

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.

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Anne Khademian

Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove | 301-738-6034

Anne Khademian is Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove. Dr. Khademian works closely with the university system to build partnerships and degree programs at Shady Grove. She 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.

Ross Lewin

Ross Lewin

Associate Vice President for International Affairs | 301.405.4769

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.

Marcio Oliveira

Marcio A. Oliveira

Assistant Vice President for Academic Technology and Innovation, Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center | 301-405-5190

Marcio A. Oliveira is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Technology and Innovation within the Division of Information Technology and also the Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center within the Division of Academic Affairs. In both of these roles, he fosters effective, engaging, efficient, and equitable teaching and learning by guiding strategic institutional vision, pace, and priorities. Dr. Oliveira has been at UMD since 2004. His scholarship and teaching focus on cognitive and motor neuroscience. He is currently responsible for implementing innovative technology-enhanced pedagogical practices and collaborative learning environments and for encouraging educational innovation and experiential learning, all to foster student success.

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Megan Madigan Peercy

Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives | 301-405-5252

Megan Madigan Peercy is the Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives. In this role, Dr. Peercy provides executive leadership overseeing implementation of the University of Maryland's strategic plan, Fearlessly ForwardShe leads a campus-wide process to engage the UMD community through four strategic plan committees with representatives from across campus. Dr. Peercy develops and executes strategic communications with internal and external stakeholders, coordinates with USM, and develops metrics to set goals and assess UMD progress in meeting strategic plan goals. 

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Stephen Roth

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs | 301-405-5793

Stephen Roth is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, as well as the Dean of the Graduate School, and in that capacity works with the Provost and members of her senior staff on a wide range of issues. Dr. Roth's scholarly research focuses on human genetic variation and its implications for health and exercise-related traits.