NANCY W. BRICKHOUSE is Interim Provost for the University of Delaware. As the chief academic officer, she is responsible for the quality of the academic programs, the research and the scholarship of the University. The Provost drives the success of the University's faculty members and students. The Deans of the seven colleges report directly to her as do the Vice President for Student Life and the Vice Provosts for Research, Graduate and Professional Education and Libraries. Prior to becoming Interim Provost, Dr. Brickhouse was Deputy Provost, after serving as Interim Dean for the College of Education and Human Development, where she was Deputy Dean since 2009. She is also a professor of science education at UD and has served as Director and Associate Director for the School of Education. Dr. Brickhouse has provided leadership to the field of science education by serving as Editor of the premier journal in the field, Science Education. With support from the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation, Dr. Brickhouse has conducted research and published widely on teaching about the nature of science and about access and equity to science education.
Dr. Brickhouse holds a B.A. in chemistry from Baylor University, an M.S. in chemistry and Ph.D. in science education from Purdue University. She was recognized as an Outstanding Science Alumnus from Purdue University in 2007 for her contributions to science education.
ANN ARDIS, Interim Deputy Provost, is responsible for undergraduate academic affairs and works with the Provost on the administration of academic policies and faculty appointment and promotion. She also works with the Provost to establish global collaborations and partnerships to extend the University's global role, leadership, geographic presence and visibility. Dr. Ardis, who previously served as Deputy Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, continues to direct the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center. A member of the University's English faculty since 1989, she achieved the rank of professor in 2002. Dr. Ardis has published extensively on turn-of-the-20th-century British literature and culture and is a leading authority on the arts and humanities. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and honors in English from the University of Kansas in 1979 and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia in 1982 and 1988, respectively.
SCOTT R. DOUGLASS is University of Delaware's Executive Vice President and University Treasurer. In this role he is responsible for administrative services, facilities, institutional research and planning, information technologies, finance, investments, campus and public safety and the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships. Previously, Mr. Douglass served as Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of the University of Pennsylvania, after twelve years at the Wharton School, serving first as Associate Dean and then as Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. Mr. Douglass' prior work experience also includes serving as Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware and Delaware's State Budget Director. After leaving state government, he chaired the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council from 1993 to 2000. Mr. Douglass holds bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the University of Delaware and has completed work in the doctoral program in political science/public administration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School.
JEFFREY W. GARLAND is Vice President and University Secretary, providing administrative support for the Board of Trustees and its chairman. He also oversees Commencement and Convocation ceremonies and the University's records management and achieves operation. Before he joined UD, Mr. Garland served as Senior Leader for Partnership and Business Development with Fisker Automotive. Previously he was Senior Vice President for Enterprise Affinity Marketing at Bank of America and Executive Vice President and Director of American Express Product Sales and Marketing at MBNA America Bank. He served as State Director and Assistant to the late U.S. Sen. William V. Roth Jr. and as Special Assistant to Delaware Gov. Michael N. Castle. Mr. Garland is a graduate of Duke University.
MICHAEL A. GILBERT came to the University of Delaware in July of 2007 as the Vice President for Student Life. Prior to his appointment at the University of Delaware, Dr. Gilbert served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University, and has held various other administrative posts at the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Gilbert earned his BA degree at the University of Vermont, a MEd at Michigan State University and a doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
DEBORAH L. HAYES is Vice President for Communications and Marketing. A communications professional with experience in nonprofit public affairs, the entertainment industry and government, she previously served as Managing Director of Communications for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for communications, institutional messaging, strategy planning, branding and media outreach. Earlier she was founding partner and President of Media Strategies at Westhill Partners in New York, Director of Media and Corporate Relations for Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Productions in Chicago and Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications at MTV Networks in New York City. Ms. Hayes holds a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in Nashville.
CARL JACOBSON is Vice President for Information Technologies and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Jacobson is a 1972 graduate of the University of Delaware. After teaching mathematics and computer science in the Newark School District, he began his career at the University in 1978 and has held various positions during his time at the University. Mr. Jacobson has served on the boards of a number of national information technology organizations.
CHARLES RIORDAN serves as Vice Provost for Research, with responsibility for advancing the University's research enterprise, including oversight of six University-wide research institutes. Dr. Riordan is an inorganic-organometallic chemist whose research is supported by the National Science Foundation. A member of the UD faculty since 1997, he served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2002-07 and was Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education from 2010-12. Dr. Riordan served on the University's Path to Prominence strategic planning committee and received the University's outstanding doctoral graduate advising and mentoring award in 2008. A fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he has served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and Dalton Transactions. He earned his bachelor's degree at the College of Holy Cross and his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University.
DAVID SINGLETON is Vice President for Facilities and Auxiliary Services. Previously, Mr. Singleton served as chief administrative officer for New Castle County government. Mr. Singleton’s more than 30 years of experience includes both public and private sector leadership roles. Mr. Singleton’s prior public work experience includes serving as secretary of finance in the Governor’s cabinet for the State of Delaware and as chief of staff for the City of Wilmington; his private sector work experience includes serving as head of corporate real estate for both MBNA and J.P. Morgan & Co, as executive vice president and managing director, respectively. Mr. Singleton is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a BA in sociology and anthropology. Mr. Singleton serves as chair of the Wilmington Friends School Board of Directors and is on the board of the Delaware Performing Arts Center and Swarthmore College.
MONICA TAYLOR joined the University as Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations in September of 2007. Previously, Ms. Taylor served as executive director of external affairs of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she oversaw alumni relations programming worldwide for Wharton's undergraduate and graduate alumni and managed the operations for the Wharton School's Campaign for Sustained Leadership. Ms. Taylor's prior work experience includes development positions for the University of Pennsylvania, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Georgetown University's alumni and university relations office. Ms. Taylor is a graduate of Georgetown University, and holds a law degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Ms. Taylor is an active member of the Artisan's Bank Board of Directors.
LAWRENCE WHITE was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in July of 2009. In this role he serves as chief legal counsel at the University and works on a variety of law-related and policy-making issues ---including litigation, compliance, risk management, internal audit, employment, and business and commercial transactions. Mr. White's prior work experience includes serving as: Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, University Counsel at Georgetown University, Deputy General Counsel at the University of Virginia, counsel to the University System of Maryland, and Associate Secretary and Assistant Counsel at the American Association of University Professors. A frequent speaker, lecturer, writer and consultant on higher education issues, Mr. White has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Wharton School of Business. Mr. White is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
PATRICIA PLUMMER WILSON is Vice President and Chief of Staff, a position she assumed on July 1, 2007. Prior to this appointment at the University of Delaware, Ms. Wilson served as the Chief of Staff and Director of Faculty Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Wilson has over 20 years experience in higher education administration and has held administrative posts at the University of Michigan and University of Chicago. She earned her BA degree in psychology with a minor in education, from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College) and received a certificate in higher education administration at the Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Since 1994, Ms. Wilson has served as a board member of the Ardmore Free Library in Ardmore, PA.
ERIC ZIADY joined the University of Delaware in November 2012 as Director of Athletics and Recreation Services. Previously, he was at Boston College for 14 years -- most recently as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Business Operations. At Boston College, he was responsible for both long-range fiscal and strategic planning and day-to-day administration of all business and financial operations, as well as overseeing five of the men's and women's athletic programs. Earlier, he was at Northeastern University for nine years, serving in a variety of posts including Assistant Director of Athletics. A graduate of Providence College, he earned both a master's degree in sports management and an MBA at Northeastern.