Meet the Provost

The Provost is the university's chief academic officer and under the president is responsible for the creation and implementation of the academic priorities for the university. 

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Dr. Timothy J. L. Chandler, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Timothy J. L. Chandler, PhD, is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Towson University. As the chief academic officer of the university, he oversees 125 degree programs (undergraduate, master’s and four doctorate), and supports more than 23,000 students, 1,700 faculty, and more than 200 staff and administrators. Dr. Chandler provides leadership for seven colleges, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Albert S. Cook Library. As provost, he facilitates university strategic planning, leads Academic Affairs strategic planning, implements budget and resource allocation plans, guides and oversees innovations in academic technology, promotes faculty and student success, and supports curricular and program distinction.

Dr. Chandler was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Towson University on January 14, 2013. He served as Acting President of Towson University from August 2014 to December 2014, and was later appointed Interim President on December 19, 2014. He resumed his role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on January 25, 2016.  In recognition of his extraordinary record as a gifted leader and acknowledging the importance of our academic mission, Dr. Chandler was promoted to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on August 29, 2016. 

Prior to arriving at Towson University, Dr. Chandler was a faculty member at Kent State University for 22 years serving as Senior Associate Provost (January 2009 - December 2012) and Dean of the College of the Arts (formerly Fine and Professional Arts) (July 2004 - December 2008). In addition, he was professor of Sport Studies in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport. At Kent State University, Dr. Chandler oversaw the university’s acquisition of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. The partnership led to the creation of the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, the only accredited podiatry school in Ohio. In addition, Dr. Chandler implemented a comprehensive revision of the Liberal Education Requirements, which became the Kent Core, and revamped the university’s freshmen orientation program, called Destination Kent State.

Dr. Chandler also taught at Syracuse University and has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Leisure at De Montfort University, UK. Dr. Chandler earned degrees from, Loughborough University, UK (B.Ed., English Literature and Physical Education), Dalhousie University, Canada (M.Sc., Sport Science), and Stanford University (A.M., 19th century British history and Ph.D., education/ sport history).

Dr. Chandler is a well-regarded scholar in the field of Sport Science. He has published several journal articles and is the co-author of three books: Making the Rugby World: Race, Gender, Commerce; With God on Their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion; and Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity.