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Provost administrators


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Vice and Associate Provosts

Ralph Albano, M. Eng, M.B.A., Associate Provost for Research, 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.

J. Steven Brown, Ph.D., P.E., Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, is an ordinary professor of mechanical engineering. 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. He handles all graduate academic appeals.

Duilia de Mello, Ph.D., Vice Provost 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.

Lynn Mayer, Ph.D., Vice Provost 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, and Undergraduate Advising.  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 instrucational design, market research, mulitmedia 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 CUA Rome Program, the Center for Global Education, the Intensive English Program, and ISSS.