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Vice and Associate Provosts

Ralph Albano, M. Eng, M.B.A., Vice Provost for Sponsored Research, Research Compliance, and Technology Transfer, acts as the point of academic coordination for the submission of proposals for research support, acceptance of awards, administration of internal funding of research, coordination of University research and technology development and more. He works with the Division of Finance to implement efficiencies that directly impact on research operations.

J. Steven Brown, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Vice Provost for Administration and Dean of Graduate Studies, is an ordinary professor of mechanical engineering. He supervises the administrators and staff in the Office of the Provost, including the Academic Budgets staff team. As Dean of Graduate Studies, he works collaboratively with faculty and administrators from CUA's 12 schools to enhance the academic quality of graduate programs, and provides leadership and support to the University's graduate mission, including the Office of Graduate Studies and the Office of Online Education. He handles all graduate academic appeals, and is the ex officio chair of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the Academic Senate.

Duilia de Mello, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Research Support and Dean of Assessment, is an ordinary professor of physics. She is responsible for overseeing student outcomes assessment, academic program quality, and all accreditation efforts. She supervises the University Libraries, Grant-in-aid programs, and the Catholic University of America Press, and manages the periodic reviews of all University institutes and centers.

Bob Keith, M.B.A., Vice Provost for Strategic Expansion, is leading the University’s effort to develop a new location in Tucson, AZ, to provide high quality Catholic University education to low income families. In this capacity, he is responsible for designing, testing, and launching an innovative hybrid online and in person delivery of our undergraduate business program, working in collaboration with the city’s business, government, and diocesan leadership.

Lynn Mayer, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Teaching and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, is an associate professor of social work. Her major responsibilities include overseeing the First-Year Experience program, University Honors Program, the Center for Global Education, and the Center for Academic and Career Success. Dr. Mayer is leading the development of the university-wide core curriculum for undergraduates. She handles undergraduate academic appeals.

James Monaghan, Ph.D., Associate Provost of Online Education, oversees online education in collaboration with the academic deans, and academic faculty. Functions include instructional design, market research, multimedia creation, state and federal regulatory compliance, consulting, vendor relationships, strategic and operational planning, and project management.  

Victor Nakas, M. Phil., Vice Provost for Administration, is responsible for communication within the academic area. In addition, he coordinates the continued implementation of the University Strategic Plan, development and oversight of administrative training programs for deans, chairs, and administrative staff.

Mario Ortiz, Ph.D., Associate Provost for International Affairs, is an associate professor of modern languages and literatures. His main responsibilities include overseeing the Catholic University Rome Program, the Center for Global Education, the Intensive English Program, and International Student and Scholar Services Office.