The Provost’s Office is responsible for ensuring the quality of the learning and living programs. The Provost/VPAA provides leadership and vision for the academic and student life divisions of the University. The Provost works closely with the President in articulating a vision for the University, in strategic planning, long-range financial planning, and in recommending major policy decisions to the Board of Trustees.
As the Chief Academic Officer of the University, the Provost is responsible for providing leadership for all academic programs, the University’s libraries, centers and institutes; academic planning, policy, curriculum, faculty hiring and development, student learning assessment and accountability; providing the President with recommendations on faculty promotions and tenure; building espirit de corps between the administration and faculty, enhancing faculty development, providing leadership and resources to support research and curricular development, and insuring an effective pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty review system.
Within the Student Life & Development area, the Provost leads initiatives to create a dynamic campus life and has oversight of the University’s Division I athletic program, residence life, personal development, recreational life, health services, dining services and student activities. The Provost fosters the collaboration between academic affairs and student life in order to support the growth of the “whole person” and develops and implements policies that pertain to student life.
Office of the Provost
Gerard P. O’Sullivan, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mildred Mihlon, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assessment
Anthony Skevakis, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Student Life and Development and Dean of Students
Emily Dembosky, Special Assistant to the Provost
Dr. O’Sullivan has an impressive track record with 18 years of experience in Catholic higher education. He has served as vice president for academic affairs as well as professor of English and theological studies at Neumann University in Aston, PA, where he has been a successful curriculum innovator with a history of leading the strategic development of academic programs. During his tenure, Dr. O’Sullivan has had numerous accomplishments, including, helping to head the transition from college to university status; playing a central role in a major rebranding campaign, which led to significantly increased enrollments; administering a multiphase, multimillion dollar renovation of the university library; increasing peer-reviewed faculty scholarship by over 30 percent; recruiting and retaining talented faculty nationally and internationally; advocating successfully on behalf of faculty in order to develop a productive shared governance climate and new and effective faculty policies; greatly augmenting the number of online academic offerings; revising the core curriculum; and creating cost efficiencies which helped generate large annual operating margins which, in turn, led to the renovation of the science and nursing labs, among other projects. In addition, he has collaborated with student affairs to develop effective co-curricular programs, implement co-curricular transcripting and assess student development. Dr. O’Sullivan also has worked to strengthen support services for athletes and to enhance the integration of academics and athletics.
Previously, Dr. O’Sullivan served as the dean of arts and sciences and associate professor of English and religious studies at Felician College. Prior to that he was an assistant professor of English and literary studies as well as the founding co-chair of the Program in Literary Studies at Fordham University. He was also an instructor of humanities and intellectual heritage at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now University of the Sciences).
Dr. O’Sullivan earned his B.A. from Fordham University, his M.A. from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned certificates from Collegium Phenomenologicum (Perugia, Italy) and Harvard University Institute for Education Management.