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Dr. William Childs

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

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(l to r, top) Dr. John Bowman - Vice Provost; Dr. Randall Rhodes - Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Accreditation; Dr. Terri Massie-Burrell - Assistant Provost for Student Success and Retention

(l to r, bottom) Dr. Johnston (Jay) Hegeman - Associate Provost for Academic Success Network & Registrar; Mr. Wray Blair - Associate Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid 


As I undertook the role of Provost a year ago, 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 admission of students and 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; admissions and financial aid; student induction, orientation, and advising; 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, grant oversight, 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 for Academic Programs and Accreditation. 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. Finally, he is responsible for coordinating adherence to the University’s Strategic Plan.

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

Dr. Johnston (Jay) Hegeman is our Associate Provost for the Academic Success Network, which consists of the Student Advising and Retention Center, Student Support Services, Office of Disability Services, the Tutoring Center, as well as the regional math and science center. In addition, Jay continues to serve as the University Registrar.

Mr. Wray N. Blair is our Associate Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid. He is responsible for the recruitment and admission of new students, as well as the financial aid system.

Ms. Sheila Pappas is our Director of Special Academic Services, which includes the 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 Kaetzel, Ms. Pappas’ Administrative Assistant, and Ms. Stacey Utley-Bernhardt and Ms. Maureen Lauder, Program Management Specialists. Each of the other offices noted above has an extensive support staff engaged in implementing the various responsibilities of Academic Affairs.

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University. In addition to the areas noted above, 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. In doing so, we continue to focus on several goals:

  1. Academic Program Transformation, including innovative course delivery, streamlined program majors emphasizing experiential opportunities, and program expansion in areas of market demand and need.
  2. Implementation of a dynamic Academic Success Network that will provide greater student academic support and assistance, reduction in the number of students on probation, and an increase in student retention, while concurrently facilitating student progress to degree in four years.
  3. Continued fiscal efficiency and directing resources to areas of focus consistent with the University Mission and Strategic Plan. 

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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