Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
David A. Vanko, PhD, is the Interim 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. Vanko provides leadership for seven colleges, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Albert S. Cook Library. As interim provost, he 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. Vanko.
Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services
Westley Forsythe 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.
Manager for Academic Initiatives and Strategic Communication
Hillary Giddings is responsible for conceptualizing, managing, and implementing communication and programming strategies to support the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs divisional initiatives, priorities and goals. She provides leadership to the development of practices and mechanisms that connect mission, brand, university priorities, and divisional accomplishments to internal and external audiences.
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
Dr. Gary Levy 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.
Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion
The charge of the Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion is to play a leadership role in the University’s efforts to diversify the faculty and the student body and assist in continuing efforts to provide an inclusive and respectful campus community.
Assistant Provost for Communication and Engagement
Bethany Pace develops and executes Office of the Provost and divisional communication and engagement strategies in support of the academic mission of the university. She does this by leading a team responsible for communication and engagement initiatives on behalf of the Office of the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs units and programs in order to enhance the reputation, promotion and visibility of the TU academic experience. The Assistant Provost for Communication and Engagement is also responsible for facilitating academic excellence by collaborating with other divisions to plan and implement highly visible, and internal and external-facing engagement initiatives, events, and programs that directly impact faculty relations and development, internal and external constituents, and curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning experiences.
Coordinator for Operations and Programs
Dominique Rainey is responsible for operational and planning components of events, programs, and initiatives within the Office of the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs. Events include but are not limited to Commencement, January Conference, and the PTRM Workshop. Ms. Rainey also supports key initiatives such as the Towson University Retired Faculty Association, University Senate, and Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.
Dr. Maggie Reitz 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.
Executive Administrative Assistant I
Amy Rinnier is the primary executive administrative assistant to the vice provost. In addition to overseeing the office’s reception area, Amy provides support to ongoing projects and committee work in the office including Provost-level faculty sabbatical leave and PTRM processes, faculty development and leadership programs, and the development and revision of academic affairs policies and procedures.
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.
Director of Academic Assessment
Dr. Tab Uhrich is responsible for coordinating activities of the Office of the Assessment. This includes managing assessment of student learning outcomes for all programs and core curriculum, supporting deans, chairs, and faculty in development, revision and implementation of assessment plans for programs and core curriculum, and coordinating assessment activities needed to satisfy the requirements of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation. She also collects, analyzes, and reports on student learning outcome assessment results and manages the university's academic assessment document repository.
Program Management Specialist, Accredidation and Compliance Services
Michael Webber works alongside the Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services to support activities associated with regional accreditation, and system (USM), state (MHEC) and federal regulations; academic departments and programs reviews; development and internal / external reviews of proposed new academic programs; and management of the Subcommittee on Institutional Effectiveness and other institutional effectiveness activities. Learn more about Michael Webber.