The University of Mary Washington has a new provost and a special adviser to President Troy D. Paino. In addition, the colleges of education, business, and arts and sciences all have new leadership, and there’s a new interim vice president for administration and finance.
UMW Professor of Philosophy Nina Mikhalevsky became provost in July after serving in high-level administrative positions and teaching at UMW since 2006. As provost, she is the university’s chief academic officer, responsible for oversight of all academic programs, planning and budgets, and faculty matters. She works with the deans and the faculty to lead university initiatives in teaching and research. Her areas of academic expertise and research include aesthetics, ethics and political theory, women in STEM, women’s education and pedagogy, and the history of women’s education.
Jeffrey W. McClurken ’94 became special adviser to the president in May, assuming many of the duties of chief of staff Martin A. Wilder, who retired at the start of this academic year. McClurken, a professor of history and American studies, also has served as special assistant to the provost for teaching, technology, and innovation.
As Paino’s adviser, McClurken is a member of the president’s cabinet and provides advice on the strategic direction of the university. He is clerk and liaison to the Board of Visitors, and he represents the university to the external community. He continues to teach and remains involved in digital learning initiatives. McClurken has taught at Mary Washington since 1999.
Professor of Mathematics Keith Mellinger is interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a role most recently held by Professor of English Richard Finkelstein, who continues to teach at the university. Mellinger, who chaired the Department of Mathematics for six years, oversees the College of Arts and Sciences’ 20 departments and 200 full-time faculty members. Mellinger recently directed the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
Professor of Marketing Lynne Richardson, dean of the College of Business, is interim vice president for administration and finance, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Richard R. Pearce.
Kenneth D. Machande ’94, an associate professor in the College of Business, has been named its acting dean. He also recently received the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award for his contributions to the university and the community.