Augusta University Announces First Associate Vice Provost and Dean of New Online College – Jagwire
Augusta University is proud to welcome Dr. Marc Austin, Executive Director of Professional Education and Academic Projects at George Mason University, as First Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Augusta University Online.
Austin’s nomination is the result of an extensive national search conducted by a search committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students, chaired by Dr. Zach Kelehear, VP Academic, and in partnership with the research firm Witt-Kieffer.
Reporting to Dr. Neil MacKinnon, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Austin will serve as Augusta University’s online director. He will guide and drive the evolution of Augusta University’s online education and learning strategy, leveraging existing institutional strengths and identifying new opportunities to position Augusta University online. for long term success.
“Marc’s expertise in online education will ensure Augusta University Online has a clear vision and a path forward to differentiate ourselves and deliver world-class student experiences,” said MacKinnon. “He is a proven collaborative leader who is well positioned to take on this important role in the future of Augusta University.”
Augusta University Online is a new university-wide strategic initiative that provides centralized infrastructure and support for marketing, admissions, information technology, and student success. enabling high-tech, high-touch experiences for Augusta University online learners. The university’s existing online program portfolio of more than 20 certificates and degrees will transition to Augusta University Online as new online programs are developed.
“In order to grow our enrollment and meet the ever-changing needs of our students, we must invest significantly in our online education offerings,” said Brooks A. Keel, PhD, president of the University of Augusta. “The pandemic has taught us that we can offer online courses while still providing life-changing experiences that can only be found here at the only public health sciences university in the state. Dr. Austin’s knowledge and experience will be imperative as we open the doors of Augusta University to the world in new ways.
Austin has spent the past two decades pioneering new and innovative approaches to online, executive and adult learning programs. His extensive knowledge of the business world and organizational transformation makes him enthusiastic about launching a strategic initiative focused on the growth of the university.
“I am thrilled to work alongside Provost MacKinnon, the Deans, and most importantly, the students of Augusta University to chart a new course in online education,” Austin said. “We have a great opportunity to build on Augusta’s strengths as a research university while expanding offerings in education, applied health and STEM and focusing on new partnerships with businesses, the public and academia.”
Austin holds a Ph.D. in international political economy from Columbia University. He is a sought-after business strategist with expertise in developing higher education, meeting the needs of the next generation of learners.