Marilyn Wells, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Marilyn Wells is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
She formerly served with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in the Office of the Chancellor as System Liaison for Strategic Initiatives where she lead PASSHE's Professional Science Master's (PSM) Initiative, providing oversight for a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop collaborative PSM programs across PASSHE universities, facilitate statewide and regional employer advisory board development, and guide collaborations with stakeholders in the national PSM movement.
Also in STEM, but at the graduate level, Dr. Wells served as the lead administrator for PASSHE's funded project to support undergraduate research and collaboration as a high impact practice to cut achievement gaps and increase degree production, particularly in STEM fields.
The two-year project is sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Research's NSF-funded
($999,500) Workshop Program on Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research.
also lead PASSHE's team for the national Access to Success (A2s) initiative to lead systems change work that focuses on assessing and building capacity, managing and leveraging costs and resources, and using data to track progress toward PASSHE's commitment to the national A2S goals.
Included in this effort, Marilyn also served as the System lead for PASSHE's partnership the with the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California to lead implementation of The Equity Scorecard™ across all 14 PASSHE universities, and the US Educational Delivery Institute.
In addition to her
role in PASSHE's
Office of the Chancellor, Marilyn
held a joint appointment as Vice Provost & Graduate Dean at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
For the Office of the Provost, she was responsible for academic program management, faculty development and collective bargaining agreement implementation, research, extended learning, academic diversity, and special projects.
For the Graduate College, she served as the Chief Academic Officer responsible for all academic, administrative, programmatic, and fiscal activities related to the delivery of high quality graduate education.
In these roles, Marilyn
facilitated development of new and revised undergraduate and graduate programs, both online and face-to-face, in fields such as geo-technology, information security, professional education, and Chinese language and culture, among others.
Dr. Wells also served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2009 - 2010.
Prior to PASSHE, Marilyn held faculty appointments at Hampton University, a private, historically black institution in southeastern Virginia; the College of William and Mary; and the University of South Dakota, among others, including community colleges.
Marilyn also has experience in the corporate and government sectors.
Marilyn is a member of the National Professional Science Master's Association; a charter member of the PharMerica National Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee; and member-at-large of AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women).
has received the Sloan Foundation International Conference Scholar on Asynchronous Learning
and Hampton University Provost's Teaching Innovation Award.
Most recently, she
was a 2010 - 2011 Fellow for the Educational Policy Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Educational Policy Leadership Center and Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC
Marilyn received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; an MS and MPH from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania; and a BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.