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.
Melanie Perreault, Ph.D., is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Towson University. As the chief academic officer of the university, she oversees 125 degree programs (undergraduate, master’s and four doctorate), and supports almost 23,000 students, over 1,700 full-time and adjunct faculty, and over 200 staff and administrators. Dr. Perreault provides leadership for six academic colleges, the Honors College, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Albert S. Cook Library. As provost, she facilitates University and Academic Affairs strategic planning, implements budget and resource allocation plans, guides and oversees innovations in academic technology, promotes faculty excellence and student success, and supports curricular and program distinction.
Dr. Perreault was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at TU effective Feb. 18, 2019. Prior to her arrival at TU, Dr. Perreault was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Buffalo State, the largest comprehensive university in the SUNY system. 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 received a B.A. in History from Lawrence University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Colonial American History from the College of William and Mary in 1997. She was an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Arkansas before taking a position at Salisbury University in Maryland. There, she served as department chair and moved through the academic ranks to become a full Professor of History and later the Associate Provost, leading the university’s strategic planning and institutional accreditation efforts.