Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Chandler was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Towson University on January 14, 2013. He served as Acting President of Towson University from August 2014 to December 2014, and was later appointed Interim President on December 19, 2014. He resumed his role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on January 25, 2016. In recognition of his extraordinary record as a gifted leader and acknowledging the importance of our academic mission, Dr. Chandler was promoted to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on August 29, 2016. Learn more about Dr. Chandler.
Director of Accreditation & 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 & 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.
Bethany Pace is responsible for establishing, integrating and managing the TU brand for the Office of the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs units and initiatives, enhancing the reputation, promotion and visibility of the TU academic experience to audiences through various outlets, communication strategies, and programming mechanisms. The Assistant Provost is also responsible for facilitating undergraduate excellence and overseeing academic engagement initiatives that directly impact faculty relations and development, internal and external constituents, and curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning experiences such as Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.
Coordinator for Operations & 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.
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 Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Debbie Seeberger is responsible for leading academic affairs diversity and inclusion initiatives. Attracting and retaining diverse faculty and librarians, sustaining TU’s Diversity Faculty Fellows and Intergroup Dialogue Programs, closing student achievement gaps, and developing and facilitating diversity programming and related initiatives with an emphasis on fostering an inclusive climate at TU are primary responsibilities.
Core Coordinator, University Core
Dr. Rod Stump is responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring and coordinating activities related to the management of the University Core Curriculum. He collaborates with the Provost's Office, Registrar, Deans and Department Chairpersons to oversee the implementation of the University Core and ensure compliance with applicable Maryland Higher Education Commission requirements and the standards of our accrediting body, Middle Stated Commission on Higher Education.
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.