After an extensive nation-wide search, the president of Millerville, Dr. Daniel Wubah, has announced that Dr. Gail E. Gasparich was selected as the next provost and vice president for academic affairs for Millersville University.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Gail Gasparich will be joining us,” said President Wubah. “She is an experienced administrator with vision and enthusiasm that will help us elevate undergraduate education to newer heights at Millersville University.”
Dr. Gasparich will join Millersville on July 1, 2021 and succeed Dr. Vilas A. Prabhu, who is retiring in June.
“I am excited to join the Millersville University community,” said Dr. Gasparich. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to support the success of all our students.”
Dr. Gasparich has been the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University since Spring 2016. Prior to that, she was a professor of biological sciences and associate dean for the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and acting assistant provost at Towson University.
Her bachelor’s is in biology from The College of William and Mary and she has a Ph.D. in microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University. After doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she began her academic career at Towson University in 1996. She has taught a wide range of courses, including courses for graduate students, majors (lower and upper level), non-majors (core and general education) and for honors students. Her research focus has been on microorganisms of the genus Spiroplasma.
At Millersville, Dr. Gasparich will report directly to the president and will oversee the deans of the four colleges as well as the University’s planning process, all academic programs and curriculum development, plus related support services such as assessment and budgeting. The University Library and University Honors College also report to the provost.