Joann Boughman

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


Joann Boughman, Ph.D., was appointed as the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs by Chancellor Emeritus William E. Kirwan in 2012. Boughman serves as the senior staff person for the USM Board of Regents Committee on Education Policy and Student Life. She also chairs the systemwide Academic Affairs Advisory Council (USM provosts) and is the USM liaison on academic and student life issues to the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the state's coordinating board for all segments of higher education. She also convenes the vice presidents for student affairs of the USM institutions and serves as the liaison for the Council of University System Faculty and the USM Student Council.

Dr. Boughman works closely with the USM Chancellor and universities on furthering system-wide goals, including, but not limited to, P-20 initiatives; academic transformation and student success; scholarship; diversity and inclusion; transfer; academic program development; research collaboration; and student access and affordability.

From 2001 to 2012, Boughman served as the executive vice president of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), where she was both the chief executive officer and chief policy officer. Before joining ASHG, she was vice president for research and dean of the graduate school for UMB and UMBC from 1991 to 1995, and also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) from 1995 to 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 associate professor of OB/GYN and Pediatrics as well as having an appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. She served as the founding director of the School of Medicine's graduate program in human genetics.

Boughman served on the Maryland Higher Education Commission from 2001 until 2012, chaired its education policy committee, and served as its vice chair.

Dr. Boughman has a Ph.D. in medical genetics and a bachelor's degree in medical technology, both from Indiana University.  She is a board-certified Medical Geneticist.