Two administrators at the University of Mary Washington have been appointed to new positions by Acting President Richard V. Hurley.
Nina Mikhalevsky, vice president for strategy and policy, has been named Acting Provost and Meta Braymer, vice president for graduate and professional studies and dean of the faculty, has been named Special Assistant to the President for Government and External Relations.
“These two positions are part of our ongoing plans to move the university forward,” Hurley said. “By naming a provost, the university will be closer to establishing a unified and coherent academic structure, and the new special assistant responsibilities will enable us to continue to forge strong legislative relations, as well as expand critical outreach with corporate and business interests that are vital to the growth of UMW and the region.”
In the new position of Acting Provost, Dr. Mikhalevsky will serve as the chief academic officer of the university and be responsible for oversight of all academic programs, academic planning and budgets, and faculty matters. Goals for the new position include implementing a university council, providing an integrated academic administrative structure for the university, and developing a plan for more university-wide faculty governance.
She also will continue in her role as Vice President for Strategy and Policy, with responsibilities for the Department of Information Technologies, the UMW Libraries, University Data Management, the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research, the University Registrar, Admissions and Enrollment Management, and the James Farmer Scholars Program.
Dr. Mikhalevsky began working at the University of Mary Washington in August of 2006, and she previously served as the assistant dean for academic programs and planning at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in philosophy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in philosophy from Boston University.
As Special Assistant to the President for Government and External Relations, Dr. Braymer will assist the president in legislative and external relations. This is an expansion of her previous duties as Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. As Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies, she also is responsible for the development and oversight of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in Stafford County.
Dr. Braymer has overseen the graduate and professional programs at the University of Mary Washington since 1990. She previously served as assistant director of nontraditional studies and then as director of evening, summer and off-campus credit programs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a doctorate from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College in Tennessee.