February 24, 2024

An announcement from the Provost’s Office

Dr. Richard Finkelstein has announced his decision to step down as Dean of Arts and Sciences, effective June 24, 2017. Dr. Finkelstein will be engaged in research this fall and is looking forward to teaching in the spring semester in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication. We thank him for his service to UMW over the last seven years and for his work to create new programs at the University. We wish him the very best as he returns to the faculty and to his teaching.

We will be putting together a search committee to start a national search for a new dean of Arts and Sciences, and you can expect more information about that in August.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Keith Mellinger to the position of Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences. As many of you know, Dr. Mellinger is currently Professor of Mathematics and also serves as director of UMW’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Dr. Mellinger has served UMW in a variety of capacities, including chair of the Department of Mathematics and Interim Director of Academic and Career Services. In addition, he has been substantively involved in the development and implementation of the FSEMS, as well as other components of the first-year experience. Dr. Mellinger received a B.S. from Millersville University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. In 2008, he was recognized with the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award.

We greatly appreciate Dr. Mellinger’s willingness to serve, and we look forward to working with him in this new role.

Nina Mikhalevsky

Acting Provost

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA 22401