Appointment of Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs

Appointment of Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs

10th October 2019

The University community is advised that Dr. Maria Woodside-Oriakhi has been appointed Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs with immediate effect.

A UB alumna, Dr. Woodside-Oriakhi has over 20 years of experience in higher education institutions in The Bahamas, the United States, Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Working closely with the President and new Executive Vice President, once appointed, Dr. Woodside-Oriakhi will also collaborate with academic deans and the Academic Senate to move the University’s academic agenda forward in accordance with the Board of Trustees approved Strategic Plan.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs is one of several officers of the University stipulated in the University of The Bahamas Act 2016, First Schedule, Article 6:

6.6 There shall be a Vice-President of Academic Affairs or otherwise known as “Provost”, who shall be the chief academic administrative officer of the University.

6.8 In the absence of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs or otherwise the Provost, or during a vacancy in the office, the Board, upon recommendation of the President, may appoint an Acting Vice-President who, during such absence or vacancy, shall exercise and perform the functions and duties of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs or otherwise the Provost.    

As Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Woodside-Oriakhi will:

  • Oversee the overall administration and supervision of all matters pertaining to academic affairs, programmes, and faculty-related matters of the University;
  • Provide collaborative administrative leadership, supervision, evaluation and personnel management support and development to all Academic Deans, Libraries and Instructional Media Services, and Testing Services.
  • In collaboration with the Academic Deans, monitor the implementation of undergraduate strategic goals affecting institution-wide teaching, learning, research and service, in support of the mission of the University;
  • In collaboration with the Academic Deans, coordinate the delivery, review, assessment and evaluation of academic programmes;
  • In collaboration with Academic Deans, provide leadership in the assessment and preparation for accreditation review of academic programmes and services;
  • In collaboration with Academic Deans, assist in faculty recruitment, selection, orientation and development activities;
  • In collaboration with Academic Deans, prepare and monitor the budget for Academic Affairs; particularly, monitoring of expenditure and ensuring compliance with budget limitations and fiscal policies;
  • In collaboration with Academic Deans, ensure the annual performance assessment of full-time faculty and the systematic assessment of part-time and adjunct faculty;
  • In collaboration with the Academic Senate, oversee, develop and implement policies and procedures related to academic programme offerings and the quality of such programmes;
  • In collaboration with the Academic Senate, oversee the expansion of academic programme offerings and make recommendations regarding course and programme additions/deletions and consolidation in accordance with the mission of the University;
  • Provide input, based on academic area and programmatic retention, progress to degree and graduation rates, to institutional enrollment management plans;
  • Coordinate the preparation of management reports, analyses, data and other information in a timely manner as required;
  • Maintain collaborative and constructive working relationships with the relevant academic authorities; particularly the Ministry of Education;
  • Advise the President on all academic matters including faculty, staff and student development;
  • In collaboration with the President, provide leadership in the development of academic agreements, including articulation, research and all such agreements;
  • Serve as Senior Staff to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.An Associate Professor and veteran member of faculty, Dr Woodside-Oriakhi began serving as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in January 2016 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Associate Vice President in August 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics from the University of Georgia, Georgia, USA, a Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics from Brunel University, London, UK.A search will now be initiated for a new chief academic affairs officer.Office of University Relations 
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