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Catherine Armour (new window) joined Georgetown University to help create and manage educational initiatives across the University, including the Designing the Future(s) of the University initiative. As Deputy to the Provost, she is responsible for Academic Affairs and for implementation of initiatives for the university. Formerly the Director of Education and Academic Affairs at Georgetown, Ms. Armour previously served as Provost of the Corcoran College at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and was previously Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair of Design programs at the Corcoran. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Middlebury College. Her architectural work has included projects for clients such as the National Cathedral School for Girls, the FBI, Disney, the Seneca Nation of Indians, and Hyatt Hotels. Her work in higher education has centered on developing new programs, creating innovative curricular design, and design strategy in teaching and learning. She recently co-authored an article on Georgetown’s innovation initiative titled “Lessons from a Change Process” for ACE’s The Presidency magazine, and continues to lead work at Georgetown in advancing opportunities for students and faculty.
Randy Bass (new window) is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English, and he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. In January 2009, he published a collection of essays and synthesis of findings from the Visible Knowledge Project under the title, “The Difference that Inquiry Makes,” (co-edited with Bret Eynon) in the digital journal Academic Commons (January 2009: http://academiccommons.org). From 2003-2009 he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education. Bass is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and electronic projects, including recently, “Disrupting Ourselves: the Problem of Learning in Higher Education” (Educause Review, March/April 2012). He is currently a Senior Scholar with the American Association for Colleges and Universities.
Professor Reena Aggarwal (new window) specializes in global financial markets, securities market regulation, capital raising, initial public offerings, institutional investors, private equity, valuation, stock exchange structure, and corporate governance. In 2015, her research was recognized for addressing global governance challenges and received the prestigious BlackRock-National Association of Corporate Directors Award. She was honored with the Allan N. Nash Distinguished Doctoral Graduate Award by University of Maryland. She serves on the editorial boards of major journals. She regularly presents her work to government agencies and at academic conferences. Dr. Aggarwal has previously held various positions including Interim Dean and Deputy Dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business; Visiting Professor of Finance at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; FINRA Academic Fellow; Academic Fellow at the U.S. SEC; Visiting Research Scholar at the International Monetary Fund; and Fulbright Scholar to Brazil. Currently, she serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital; and as a Distinguished Scholar at the Reserve Bank of India’s CAFRAL. Dr. Aggarwal has consulted for governments, law firms, companies, and for organizations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, IFC, OPIC, IADB, and OECD. She has provided advice to financial institutions, stock exchanges, and securities commissions in several countries, including India, China, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Ecuador and United States. Dr. Aggarwal serves on the Board of FBR & Co., IndexIQ, Brightwood Capital, and REAN Cloud. Her research and analysis is regularly cited in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC, BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes among others. She received a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland and M.M.S. from BITS, India.
Dr. Billy Jack is Vice Provost of Research and Professor of Economics. He is also director of gui2de, the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation, which conducts empirical field-based research to assess the impact and effectiveness of development interventions. Previously he held positions on the Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress, the IMF, the Australian National University, and the University of Sydney. He holds a BSc in mathematics and physics from the University of Western Australia, and an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
As vice president and chief operating officer for Georgetown’s Main Campus, Darryl E. Christmon (new window) works closely with various offices including the Main Campus Finance Office, Student Financial Services, Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions, Center for Intercultural Education and Development, Global Services and the Reserve Officers Training Corps program (ROTC). Christmon formerly served as vice president and chief finance officer for the Main Campus from 1997 to 2014. Before coming to Georgetown, Christmon served as vice president for fiscal affairs at Jackson (MS) State University, university comptroller at the University of Maryland, College Park, and university budget director at Howard University. He also held earlier positions at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young).
Christmon received his M.B.A. from Howard University and his B.S. in accounting from Jackson State University. He is a certified public accountant in the states of Maryland and Mississippi. He currently holds the following positions: member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; member of the Hoya Federal Credit Union Board of Directors where he acted as president from 1999 until 2007 and has taken the role as treasurer; member and secretary / treasurer of the Washington Research Library Consortium board of directors, and member and finance committee chair of the board of directors of House of Ruth in Washington, D.C. Christmon is also a former vice president of the Metro-Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.
Amol Dani is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Main Campus and oversees its Finance and Business Services staff. Reporting directly to the Provost, he is responsible for establishing direction and providing leadership in financial and personnel policy formulation, revenue and expenditure management, and financial and longitudinal planning. Prior to this position, Amol was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at Georgetown University’s Qatar campus where he had responsibility for overseeing the campus operations and for executive and professional education in Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council region. Previously he worked with Arthur Andersen in the Middle East on assurance and business advisory engagements, and in financial planning, budgeting and reporting at Exxon Mobil. Amol earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and economics from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, University of Mumbai, India, a MBA from Warwick Business School, U.K., and a Masters degree in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Fr. Duffy works with colleagues to assist in successful planning and implementation of initiatives, including appropriate prioritization and frameworks, which cross academic units, university facilities, and university services. Given the span of his endeavors with others, he reports to the Provost and the Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Georgetown University, he completed eleven years of Jesuit formation, and, before that, he enjoyed 17 years in the high-tech industry, progressing through different fields (semiconductors, communications and software) and different levels within business functions (sales, marketing, operations and strategy), finishing his endeavors as a CEO. During his Jesuit formation he taught a capstone course, Business Strategy, while attending Loyola University of Chicago, and, presented a paper published at the Academy of Management annual meeting while attending Boston College. He earned his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University, an M.B.A. from Union College, a Master of Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, and both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Boston College.
Dr. Ali Whitmer (new window) is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Georgetown University. She came to the role having served as Chief of Staff to the Provost, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Strategic Planning and, prior to that, Dean of Science in Georgetown College. In her role as Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Whitmer provides leadership in support of the creative, visionary and strategic potential of Georgetown’s faculty in support of the University’s mission and goals. She works directly with the Provost to brainstorm avenues for developing interdisciplinary centers, institutes, and programs that synthesize the work of faculty across schools, campuses and fields of study. She also collaborates with faculty throughout the University to facilitate strategic planning to transform their ideas into new initiatives. Dr. Whitmer received her Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Washington where her research focused on the population dynamics and genetics of kelp forests. Her more recent research focuses on issues of urban sustainability and environmental justice. Over her career she has developed a portfolio of research and administration in ecological science and science education at K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels. She has worked with national-level science education initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on strategic planning initiatives with societies such as the Ecological Society of America and Sigma Xi, and served as a lead PI on the NSF Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program strategic planning process.
As Director of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Sandra Gleason works closely with Dr. Reena Aggarwal, Vice Provost for Faculty, on matters related to faculty hiring, rank and tenure process, leaves, retirements, and compensation. Sandy brings a wealth of experience to her position. She previously served as the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research for University College and Professor in the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses and Dean at The Pennsylvania State University. In this position she handled all aspects of faculty affairs for 14 campuses. Previously she was a tenured professor and served in several positions at Michigan State University. These included Planning Director in the Office of Planning and Budgets in the Office of the Provost, Assistant Dean in the College of Social Science, and Associate Director for the Academic Program in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Sandy also worked at the Federal Trade Commission while a Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University. Her research has explored issues in labor economics.
As the Director of Education and Academic Affairs, Dr. Tammi Damas (new window) works closely with Provost Robert Groves and Vice Provost for Education Randy Bass in the planning and oversight of the full range of responsibilities related to program review, program development, accreditation, and curriculum innovation. Tammi rejoins Georgetown after having served as the Associate Dean for the Division of Nursing at Howard University. In this position, Tammi served as the Chief Nurse Administrator where she oversaw the daily operations for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, including the supervision of faculty members, the development of graduate student curriculum, and the management of budgets within the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Prior to her service at Howard University, Tammi worked as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies where she was deeply involved with curricular and student development.
In his capacity as the Director of Research Services, Jesse Szeto reports to the Vice Provost for Research and oversees the Office of Research Services (ORS), a team of a dozen staff that provides critical research administration services to faculty seeking and executing externally sponsored research. Prior to joining Georgetown in February 2018, Jesse was the Director of Global Operations at NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators), a 7,000+ membership association dedicated to the professionalization of research administration. Jesse was previously a director and senior administrator at the University of Wisconsin (Madison and Extension campuses) and the University of California, Davis. He was also previously appointed by the Governor of California as the Assistant Secretary of Science & Technology in the Trade & Commerce Agency. Jesse continues to serve as U.S. Advisor to Verité Research, a Sri Lankan economic and governance think tank, and he has served on expert panels and authored articles focused on research administration, research funding, and economic development. He holds an M.A. in International Development from the International University of Japan (国際大学) and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Dr. Adanna J. Johnson serves as Associate Vice President for Student Equity and Inclusion. In this role, Dr. Johnson provides leadership for the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion (OSEI) which includes the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, the Community Scholars Program, and the Georgetown Scholars Program. The OSEI oversees a broad range of work focused on student access and success, on our diversity and inclusion work with students, and in contributing to Georgetown’s work with the American Talent Initiative. She convenes two university-wide councils addressing these vital areas.
Dr. Johnson comes to Georgetown from a distinguished career in higher education. For 10 years, she was a member of the Loyola University Maryland faculty as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the African and African American Studies Program at Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola, she also co-chaired the institutional Racial Justice Training Implementation. Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate work at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and both her Master’s and Ph.D. work at Marquette University. She has published extensively on a range of topics, with a particular focus on cultural competence and use of cultural approaches to healing as well as recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in higher education. Her long clinical experience working with clients further deepens the perspectives she will bring to this work. Dr. Johnson also has a history of extensive service in professional associations and on local community boards. Acknowledgments of her work include being named Mentor of the Year by the Maryland Psychological Association of Graduate Students (2015); receiving a certificate of appreciation from the city of Baltimore for her community healing work following the Baltimore Uprisings from then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C (2016); and being recognized by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology with their Ethnic and Racial Diversity Individual Award.
John Pierce, Special Assistant to the Provost and Registrar Emeritus
Arun is a Senior Advisor to the Provost. Over his 17 years as a Partner at Columbia Capital, Arun focused on investments in Federal, Cybersecurity, AI, and Information service business and remains actively involved with its portfolio companies. In addition, he teaches “Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital” at Georgetown Business School and “New Ventures in Washington: Valley Meets Mission” at Stanford in Washington. Arun is a member of Senator Mark Warner’s Cybersecurity Task Force, Georgetown’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, the Stanford in Washington Advisory Board and a Strategic Advisor to CEO of Think Food Group.
Prior to joining Columbia Capital in 2000, Arun was at Carlyle Venture Partners focused on software investments. He also held positions in Arthur D. Little’s telecom and technology consulting practice and shared responsibility for establishing ADL’s management consulting operations in India.
Arun received a B.S. degree with Distinction in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University (’91) and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (’95).