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Maryanne Reed

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Provost - West Virginia University

Maryanne Reed was named provost and vice president for academic affairs for West Virginia University in April 2019 and stepped into the role on July 1, 2019. As provost, she is the chief academic officer responsible for the administration of all academic policies, programs, facilities and budgetary matters. 

Prior to her appointment as provost, Reed served for 15 years as dean of the WVU Reed College of Media, where she was also a professor in the journalism program. She joined the College of Media faculty in 1993. Under Reed’s tenure as dean, the College of Media experienced record enrollment in its graduate and undergraduate programs, including its master’s degree program in Integrated Marketing Communications, the nation’s first online graduate program of its kind. 

She also introduced and oversaw numerous curricular innovations, including the merger of advertising and public relations into an integrated major, a re-envisioning of the journalism major, the development of three interdisciplinary degree programs, the creation of nine academic minors, and the transformation of the school to a college. She also led the development of a new state-of-the-art Media Innovation Center in the Evansdale Crossing Building.

Widely respected as a gifted higher education administrator, Reed was tapped to lead WVU’s largest college, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, as interim dean from 2015-2016. She also has led searches for deans and senior academic administrators and co-led a strategic transformation process at the University. Reed has been recognized both regionally and nationally for her achievements, including as the 2016 Scripps Howard Administrator of the Year award, a 2016 West Virginia Wonder Woman by WV Living Magazine and the president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2016-2017.