ADELPHI, MD (June 13, 2012)-Joann Boughman, a geneticist with more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, has been appointed senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Maryland (USM). USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan today announced his appointment of Boughman, who is executive vice president of the American Society of Human Genetics and a former vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Her appointment is effective September 17, 2012.

"I am looking forward to welcoming Joann Boughman to the USM leadership team," said Chancellor Kirwan. "Her outstanding academic credentials and her administrative experience align well with leading our academic affairs division. From our focus on student access and completion to advancing the State of Maryland's competitiveness, I am confident that Joann will provide the vision and dynamic academic leadership needed to help ensure USM continues to serve its students and the state well."

As the USM's senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, Boughman will be the senior staff person for the system's Board of Regents Education Policy Committee and Committee on Effectiveness and Efficiency. She also will chair the system-wide Academic Affairs Advisory Council and be the USM liaison on academic issues to the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the state's coordinating board for all segments of higher education.

In addition, Boughman will work closely with the chancellor and the USM institutions on furthering system-wide goals, including closing the student achievement gap, STEM-related initiatives, course redesign and other academic transformation initiatives, research collaboration, student access and affordability, and P-20 programs.

"I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am anxious to work with the USM community to achieve the bold, but critical goals articulated by the Board of Regents and Chancellor Kirwan," said Boughman. "Moving from a leadership position in the human genetics community to the USM office offers challenges that I will meet through collaboration and an unwavering commitment to success."

Since 2001, Boughman has been executive vice president of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), where she is both the chief executive officer and chief policy officer. Before joining ASHG, she was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school at UMB (1995-2001), with leadership responsibilities for the graduate school, research and technology development, student affairs, faculty affairs, academic computing, and other functions.

She joined the UMB community in 1983 as an assistant professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine and director of the School of Medicine's graduate program in human genetics. From 1983 through today, she has held several faculty positions at the school, and is now an adjunct professor in epidemiology and preventive medicine there.

Boughman has served on the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2001, chaired its education policy committee since 2009, and served as its vice chair since 2010. She is a member of the Maryland Governor's P-20 Council and his Task Force on Complete College America.

Boughman has a Ph.D. in medical genetics and a bachelor's degree in medical technology, both from Indiana University.  In her USM position, she will succeed Irv Goldstein, who has led the USM Office of Academic Affairs since 2003. Goldstein, who has an extraordinary record of service and accomplishment both at the system office and the University of Maryland, College Park, earlier this academic year announced his decision to step down from his position June 30. Chancellor Kirwan will appoint an interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs to serve through August 31.

The University System of Maryland, the state's public higher education system, comprises 12 institutions-11 universities and one research institution-, two regional higher education centers, and a system office. With a $4.5 billion operating budget (fiscal year 2013), USM enrolls more than 150,000 students statewide and more than 180,000 students worldwide.  For more information about USM, visit:


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