I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Timothy O’Donnell has agreed to serve as Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Success. Dr. O’Donnell joined the University of Mary Washington in 1999 as Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Debate. As Director of Debate, he administered all aspects of the debate program, leading Mary Washington to several national championships and dozens of top ten finishes. He served as Chair of the National Debate Tournament from 2006-2012. Having been named Professor of Communication in 2011, Dr. O’Donnell has published and presented on topics related to communication, debate, and a wide array of social issues. From 2010 to 2013, he led UMW’s decennial self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation by SACS-COC, which was successfully completed in December, 2013. Dr. O’Donnell has a long history of outstanding service to his department, college, and university. As Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Success, he will oversee the Office of Academic and Career Services, the Office of Disability Resources, and the offices administering the Writing Center, the Speaking Center, and the QEP. I look forward to working with Tim in his new role.
I want to express my sincere thanks to the search committee, which brought an outstanding group of finalists to campus. The search took us through the end of the semester, when everybody is especially busy, and I truly appreciate the time and energy put into this search by everyone involved, including those who attended meetings and presentations with the candidates.
Tim has agreed to begin his service as Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Success effective immediately. Please join me in congratulating him as he transitions into this new role.