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JOANN BOUGHMAN

SENIOR VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND

Joann Baughman, who has a doctorate in medical genetics from Indiana University and is a board-certified medical geneticist, spent 11 years as executive vice president of the American Society of Human Genetics before taking over as senior vice chancellor for the University System of Maryland in 2012.

In her current role, she works closely with the USM chancellor and university presidents on furthering systemwide goals. Those goals include P-20 initiatives, academic transformation and student success, scholarship, diversity and inclusion, transfer, academic program development, research collaboration and student access and affordability.

Boughman also serves as the senior staff person for the USM Board of Regents Committee on Education Policy and Student Life, 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.

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

The safety of the USM campuses is always a priority, Boughman said, but during the pandemic, “monumental changes” were required. As coordinator of the USM pandemic response, she focused daily on methods to improve outcomes.

“The complexities of caring for those on campus have been eye-opening but collaboration across campuses helped us quickly discover best practices,” she said.