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Senior Staff

Dr. Ali Whitmer, Chief of Staff

     Dr. Ali Whitmer is the Chief of Staff for the Provost at Georgetown University. She came to the role having served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Strategic Planning and, previous to that, Dean of Science in Georgetown College. She 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.

Dr. Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education

     Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where 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: 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.

Dr. Reena Aggarwal, Vice Provost for Faculty

      Professor Reena Aggarwal 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. Janet Mann, Vice Provost for Research

      Dr. Janet Mann is a professor of biology and psychology at Georgetown University. Professor Mann earned her Ph.D. at The University of Michigan with expertise in the field of animal behavior. Since 1988, her work has focused on social networks, female reproduction, calf development, life history, conservation, tool-use, social learning and culture among bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia. Her long-term study "The Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project", tracks over 1600 dolphins throughout their lives and includes an international team on three continents where each group studies different aspects of delphinid biology. Mann has published over 100 scientific papers in journals such as Nature Communications and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and in books such as The Question Animal Culture, The Biology of Traditions, Rational Animals, and Primates and Cetaceans: Field Research and Conservation of Complex Mammalian Societies (forthcoming). Her edited volume, Cetacean Societies (University of Chicago Press, 2000), received several awards. Her new book, Deep Thinkers (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2017) will be out in the fall of 2017. Twice she was a fellow at The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  Her research has been consistently supported by the National Science Foundation, and she has received funding from a range of other international and national foundations and government agencies.  In 2011, Professor Mann's research was featured in a BBC Documentary, "The Dolphins of Shark Bay." In 2013, Pamela Turner published a children's book "The Dolphins of Shark Bay" (Houghton Mifflin) about Professor Mann's research as part of her  "Scientists in the Field" series. She frequently interviews with the New York Times, National Geographic, public television stations and on National Public Radio.  Her research has been featured in dozens of documentaries worldwide. Each year, several students accompany Professor Mann to Shark Bay, Australia to conduct field research. More recently, in 2015, she started a new field project on bottlenose dolphins in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. In 2011, she received two mentoring awards (DC metro area and national) in recognition of her deep commitment to undergraduate education. 

Darryl E. Christmon, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Main Campus

      As vice president and chief operating officer for Georgetown's Main Campus, Darryl E. Christmon 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.

Dr. Qiang Xu, Vice President for Finance and Analytics

      Before joining Georgetown University, Qiang Xu, served first as the Chief Econometrician and Director of Research and then Chief of the Economics Revenue Unit for the New York State Division of the Budget. In this work he managed a team of 30+ professionals, including a group of PhD researchers who were responsible for developing financial models, predicting revenue and expense budgets, and analyzing performance and risks. Qiang was responsible for developing policy impact models that aimed to improve practices and outcomes. As a consequence of his academic and professional work, he has deep experience with complex statistical models, long-term financial planning, including forecasting and simulation modeling, and budget responsibility for New York's--and now Georgetown's--success. Dr. Xu has authored and coauthored several published papers and books in the areas of economic theory and forecasting. He has extensive experience in modeling the linkages between government finance and the financial market. He also teaches graduate-level courses at Georgetown University and the University at Albany (SUNY) in the area of economic forecasting and policy analysis. Dr. Xu earned his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Catherine Armour, Director for Education and Academic Affairs

     Catherine Armour, Director of Education and Academic Affairs, joined Georgetown University to help create and manage educational initiatives across the University, including the Designing the Future(s) of the University initiative.  The Future(s) work includes projects such as Knowledge to Work, University for Life, Formation by Design, Design across the Curriculum, and a number of curricular experiments, led by Georgetown faculty, that redefine Georgetown’s educational delivery models. In addition to the Future(s) projects, she works closely with University academic department chairs and program heads directing the academic program and department reviews, and acts as liaison with The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Most recently Provost of the Corcoran College at the Corcoran Gallery of Art,  she 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 work in higher education has centered on developing new programs, creating innovative curricular design, and using design strategy in teaching and learning.

Lesley Sebastian, Acting Director of Faculty Affairs 

 (Dr. Cynthia Chance is on detail with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics)

John Pierce, Special Assistant to the Provost and Registrar Emeritus

Richard Cronin, Assistant Vice President of Operations

Administrative Staff