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Dr. William Childs

Dr. William Childs - Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

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(l to r) Dr. John Bowman - Vice Provost, Dr. Randall Rhodes - Assoc. Provost, Dr. Terri Massie-Burrell - Asst. Provost


As I undertook the role of Provost, someone asked me, “What does a Provost do?” The short answer is that this office and those of us within it are charged with the responsibilities of facilitating the delivery of academic programs throughout the University, as well as oversight in budgeting and faculty resources within the Academic Affairs unit. Thus, we assist with the development, implementation, and revision of academic programs; assignment of faculty positions; tenure and promotion of faculty; faculty professional development; fiscal resources to support our mission; and strategic goals related to program growth and student success.

We have an outstanding team within the Office. Dr. John Bowman is our Vice Provost. His areas of work include implementation and expansion of our programs through innovative technology, international outreach, and university reporting and compliance. Dr. Bowman is also responsible for non-tenure-track instructional faculty support and administratively oversees several academic offices on campus.

Dr. Randall Rhodes is our Associate Provost. His areas of expertise include the institution’s adherence and processing of all academic programs through state and accrediting agencies. He also directs our academic probation and dismissal system, and our outreach in completion to graduation for inactive students.

Dr. Terri Massie-Burrell is our Assistant Provost for Student Success and Retention. She coordinates our strategic plans in those identified areas and collaborates with the Student and Educational Services division in their efforts to support the academic needs of our students.

Ms. Sheila Pappas is our Director of Special Academic Services, including Summer and Winter academic sessions. She is also in charge of the planning and execution of our Commencement ceremonies in December and May.

We are supported by a wonderful staff that includes Ms. Jody Pifer, Executive Administrative Assistant, Ms. Brittni Teter, Ms. Pappas’ Administrative Assistant, and Ms. Stacey Utley-Bernhardt and Ms. Maureen Lauder, Program Management Specialists.

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University, and the organizational structure of the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Library fall within it. The Deans and Director of the Library report directly to the Provost. With such a huge unit to lead, we accomplish an incredible amount of work with a few very talented people. It is my goal to provide leadership and facilitation in academic transformation as Frostburg State grows and changes to meet the needs of our students now and in the future.

We welcome your queries and visits, and stand ready to support the academic mission here at Frostburg State University. We are One University. A World of Experiences.

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