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Change at the Top

A new provost model further aligns academic planning and resource allocation with our core mission: students.

A revamped academic leadership structure debuted this fall, as recommended to President MaryAnn Baenninger by a working group of Drew academic leaders. The new structure institutes a provost model across the three schools and the libraries, with the provost, or chief academic officer, guiding curriculum, faculty affairs and all aspects of student development across the university. This strategic realignment of leadership reduces duplicative administrative posts while fostering increased coordination and collaboration. And that means as many resources as possible can be devoted to the success of Drew students.

(From top left to right)

MaryAnn Baenninger President

Debra Liebowitz Provost & Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

Javier Viera Vice Provost & Dean of Drew Theological School

Jessica Lakin Associate Provost for Academic Administration

Judith Redling Associate Provost & Director of Center for Academic Excellence

Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre Associate Dean of Drew Theological School and Graduate Curriculum

Maria Masucci Associate Dean of Faculty in Arts and Sciences

Ryan Hinrichs, Juliette Lantz Associate Dean of Curriculum in Arts and Sciences (shared position)


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