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Office of the Dean of the University

The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University serves as the chief academic officer of the university, exercising general executive responsibility for the education programs. Contact the dean's office if you have questions about Transylvania's academic programs, requirements, or policies; student advising or a student's academic standing; or Transylvania's faculty. 

Laura Bryan
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the University

Martha Billips
Associate Dean of the University for First-Year Academic Programs and Advising

Jeremy Paden
Director of Creative Intelligence

Tracy Dunn
Director of Mentoring Programs

Michael R. Nichols
Assistant to the Dean of the University

Diane Cansdale Pruitt
Executive Assistant to the Dean of the University

Ann Cranfill
Administrative Assistant

Laura Bryan joined Transylvania University as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university on July 1, 2015. Prior to this position Bryan was dean of the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Baltimore and the director/chair and professor of the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences at the University of West Florida (UWF). At UWF, she founded the Center for Applied Psychology. She was also the special assistant to the provost for strategic planning and resource allocation and the interim director for the women’s studies program.

Bryan received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to research best practices for effectively managing work and family/life responsibilities, and from the State University System of Florida board of governors to revitalize UWF’s Center on Aging. She served on the board of directors for FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, a shelter for women and children in domestic violent situations, and the Pensacola African-American Heritage Society. 

In Baltimore, Bryan served on the board of directors of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation and participated in the Greater Baltimore Corporation Leadership program. She is past-president of the professional College and University Work-Life-Family Association and is currently the elected instruction and education portfolio officer of the executive board for the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). She is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and SIOP. 

Bryan earned her B.S. in psychology and her M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from The Ohio State University. She has authored and/or collaborated on several publications and presentations, including the most recent text: “Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education: A Guide for Academic Leaders” (2015, Routledge Press).

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