Welcome our new Provost: Dr. Melanie Perreault

December 11, 2018

Dr. Melanie Perreault of Buffalo State College has accepted the offer to serve as TU’s provost and executive vice president of academic affairs.

TU Provost Melanie Perreault

Dear Towson University Community:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Melanie Perreault of Buffalo State College has accepted my offer to serve as TU’s provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Perreault was clearly the top candidate after an extensive national search. She begins her appointment on February 18, 2019.

Dr. Perreault brings more than 21 years of experience in higher education to the role as both a member of the faculty and administration. She joins us from SUNY Buffalo State College, the largest comprehensive university in the SUNY system, where she led Academic Affairs as provost and vice president since 2015. At Buffalo State, some of the efforts led by Dr. Perreault included the development of the institution’s strategic plan, creation of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, establishment of a new program that expanded funding opportunities for students to engage in faculty-led undergraduate research, and creation of the Diversity Faculty Fellows Program to assist in diversifying the professoriate through ABD/post-doctoral fellowship programs. Dr. Perreault also served as associate provost at Salisbury University, leading the institution’s strategic planning and accreditation efforts. Dr. Perreault received a B.A. in history from Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in colonial American history from The College of William and Mary.

In May of this year, I convened a consultative committee charged with working on behalf of the university to support me in the search for Towson University’s new chief academic officer. Our shared goal was to bring to TU a leader with a strong vision for academic excellence as well as a keen understanding of the powerful and distinctive role TU plays as an anchor institution for Greater Baltimore and Maryland. The aim was to bring in a new provost to advance the strengths of our faculty in teaching, scholarly and creative work, as well as to foster a highly diverse and inclusive university community that is supportive of the highest quality student experience, academic excellence, distinguished and pioneering scholarship, and impactful community engagement. As the university’s executive vice president, the role also serves as the university’s second-in-authority responsible for TU’s future success. The search committee and process confirmed that Dr. Perreault fulfills all of those capabilities and qualities.

The search committee did an outstanding job with a very thorough search process. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Shohreh Kaynama, dean of the College of Business and Economics, for her effective and enthusiastic leadership as chair of the committee. To the members of the search committee, I want to thank each of you for serving the university in this very important process. The committee members were:

Babu Baradwaj, Department of Finance

Phillip Collister, Department of Music

Terry Cooney, College of Liberal Arts and the Honors College

Janese Daniels, Department of Early Childhood Education

Daraius Irani, Division of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research

Hayley Mark, Department of Nursing

Gilda Martinez-Alba, Department of Educational Technology and Literacy

Deb Moriarty, Division of Student Affairs

Clare Muhoro, Department of Chemistry

Russhell Ford ’19, Student Government Association

Jennifer Ballengee, University Senate

Margot VanDenBerghe, Towson University Staff Council

Martha Siegel, Towson University Retired Faculty Association

I also want to thank JoAnn Boughman, University System of Maryland senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and Nancy Grasmick, Presidential Scholar and member of the Towson University Board of Visitors, for their contributions in this national search.

I am both pleased and proud of the participation of our Towson University community in this university-wide process over the last several months. The search remained both inclusive and efficient because of the diligence of Assistant Vice President Steve Jones and Senior HR Partner Jen Stano. I thank them both for their support of this comprehensive process.

Finally, I wish to express my deep appreciation for the thoughtful leadership of our Interim Provost Dave Vanko over these last several months. Without hesitation, he stepped into the interim provost role bringing a depth of knowledge from his tenure at TU as well as great energy and insight to the university’s senior leadership team. Towson University is fortunate to have Dr. Vanko as a member of our university administration and I look forward to his continued leadership of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.

I know you all will join me in welcoming Dr. Perreault to the Towson University community in this most important leadership role.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.