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 and Student 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 and oversees the Division of Student Affairs. 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 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.