John Wolfe

John T. Wolfe Jr., Appointed

Associate Vice Chancellor for AcademicAffairs

ADELPHI, Md. (November 10, 2005) - John T. Wolfe Jr. has been appointed associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Maryland (USM). His appointment is effective January 3, 2006.

The USM Office of Academic Affairs provides leadership in academic planning and accountability, academic policy, faculty and student affairs, research policy, articulation, and the university system's role in the statewide K-16 initiative. As an associate vice chancellor, Wolfe's primary responsibility will be to articulate and promote the system's vision on diversity as outlined in the USM strategic plan.The plan articulates USM's commitment to meet the needs of the state's growing and increasingly diverse student population, improve minority student retention and achievement, and enhance faculty diversity.

Wolfe will also serve as a primary point of contact on diversity issues on a national level and within the university system.In addition, he will help develop system academic policies and positions, develop academic leadership among all faculty at USM, and coordinate workshops, seminars, and other system-sponsored programs.

"John is exactly the person we hoped to find. His expertise and experience will benefit all of us, said Irwin Goldstein, USM vice chancellor for academic affairs. "We are very fortunate and delighted to welcome him to the University System of Maryland"

Wolfe has a longstanding commitment to higher education. Currently, he is an associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs in the University System of Georgia. He has served in that capacity since 1997. His previous positions include president, Savannah State University; executive director, National Rainbow Coalition; president, Kentucky State University; and provost and vice president of academic affairs, Bowie State University (one of USM's 11 degree-granting institutions). He also has served in various senior administrative positions at Fayetteville State University; taught courses in African-American poetry and English at both the high-school and university level; and served for two years as a professor of linguistics and composition in Liberia, WestAfrica.

Wolfe was awarded his Ph.D. in linguistics from Purdue University , where he also received his M.S. in English Education. He graduated with a B.Ed. in English Education from Chicago State University.

Contact: Liz O'Neill
Phone: 301/445-2719