President Troy D. Paino has announced the appointment of Nina Mikhalevsky as UMW’s provost, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Mikhalevsky has worked at the University of Mary Washington since 2006 and currently is serving as acting provost.
In announcing Mikhalevsky’s appointment, Paino cited her proven administrative capability and commitment to Mary Washington. He noted, “Nina Mikhalevsky is an extraordinary academic leader who has demonstrated a deep commitment to the public liberal arts mission of UMW. I am pleased to have her as an energetic and visionary member of my leadership team.”
As provost, Mikhalevsky will serve as the University’s chief academic officer, responsible for oversight of all academic programs, academic planning and budgets, and faculty matters. Working with the deans and the faculty, the provost provides leadership of major university initiatives in teaching, research and creative activities, and has responsibility for all university educational and academic policies.
Dr. Mikhalevsky has served in a variety of administrative positions at UMW, including vice president for strategy and policy, acting provost, and interim dean of the college of education. Prior to coming to Mary Washington, she was assistant dean for academic programs and planning at the George Washington University. She also held a number of other significant administrative and leadership roles at GW.
Dr. Mikhalevsky, a gifted and highly recognized teacher and scholar, holds a tenured position as professor of philosophy. She earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in philosophy from Georgetown University, as well as a B.A. in philosophy from Boston University. Named the Ambassador John M. Steeves Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Mikhalevsky was also awarded a teaching fellowship and a university fellowship at Georgetown University. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth J. Somers Award for Outstanding Leadership in Women’s Education from Mount Vernon College. She is a member of the American Philosophical Association, and the American Society for Aesthetics.
Dr. Mikhalevsky’s areas of academic expertise and research include aesthetics, ethics, and political theory, as well as women in STEM, women’s education and pedagogy, and the history of women’s education.