Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
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. Learn more about Dr. Perreault.
Co-Director of Academic Assessment
Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services
Westley Forsythe, Ph.D., works closely with the Associate Provost to support activities related to the University’s maintenance of Middle States accreditation, the University System of Maryland (USM), and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Additionally, he is responsible for coordinating processes for internal and external approval of academic programs, facilitating international and domestic MOU approvals, as well as managing overall institutional effectiveness activities.
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Registrar
Bob Giordani is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership as well as oversight to all enrollment management functions for instruction including admissions, financial aid, advising, academic enrichment, and registration.
Associate Provost for Academic Resources and Planning
Gary Levy, PhD, supports the provost in managing divisional academic resources and budgets; spearhead relevant academic, personnel, and financial policies; develop and help implement divisional strategic planning and budgeting activities and institutional effectiveness activities; and provide oversight and supervision of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR), Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR), Provost’s Budget Office (PBO), and the Office of Accreditation and Compliance.
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Shaunna Payne Gold, Ed.D., acts as a resource to the university’s colleges and departments seeking to support institutional goals for faculty recruitment, hiring, development, and retention. This work is accomplished in close collaboration with the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity (OIIE) and the Office of Human Resources (OHR).
Commencement and Programs Specialist
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Maggie Reitz, Ph.D., is responsible for faculty affairs and is the point person for academic affairs human resource questions. She oversees faculty development programming, sabbatical leave and promotion and tenure processes, academic affairs policies and procedures, USM Faculty Regents' Awards and other awards, and new faculty orientation. In addition, she assists with the implementation of academic affairs priorities and oversees the following units: International Initiatives, Academic Innovation and Diversity and Inclusion for Academic Affairs, Office of Academic Assessment, and Academic Engagement. Learn more about Dr. Reitz.
Co-Director of Academic Assessment
Executive Administrative Assistant II
Jerri Sumwalt is the primary executive administrative assistant to the Provost. She performs administrative duties in support of the Provost and functional areas, departments or administrators within the Office of the Provost.
Accrediation and Compliance Service Specialist
Janine Scott is the Accreditation and Compliance Services Specialist. Previously, she was a Research and Assessment Officer at the University Council of Jamaica, Jamaica’s higher education external quality assurance body. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and completed her graduate studies at Nova Southeastern University, Florida.