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Villanova University Announces Appointment of Craig M. Wheeland, PhD, as Vice Provost for Academics

Craig M. Wheeland, PhD, Vice Provost for Academics
Craig M. Wheeland, PhD, Vice Provost for Academics

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, has announced the promotion of Craig M. Wheeland, PhD, to Vice Provost for Academics. Wheeland, a professor of Public Administration, previously served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University.

As Vice Provost for Academics (VPA), Wheeland will work closely with the Provost in the oversight of the University’s academic enterprise. He will oversee the academic affairs of the University, helping foster the development, promotion and support of faculty teaching and research, as well as student learning. Wheeland will also oversee the directors of the University’s Career Center and Honors Program.

“Dr. Wheeland has significant experience as an academic leader and an exemplary record of teaching, scholarship and service,” noted Maggitti. “I am confident that his appointment will maintain and strengthen these key academic areas to further Villanova’s educational mission.”

As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the last eight years, Wheeland contributed significantly to the academic enterprise of the University. During his time in the position, Villanova launched the College of Professional Studies—the University’s first new college in 50 years—as well as numerous other programmatic and curricular initiatives to enhance faculty and student experiences and procedures. Wheeland began his Villanova career in 1990 as an Assistant Professor, earning promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in 1996 and to Full Professor in 2006. He served as a graduate program director for 14 years, department chair for nearly six years, and has chaired numerous task forces and committees at the University. Wheeland has also held leadership positions in several professional associations, including The Northeast Political Science Association and The American Society for Public Administration.

A noted scholar in the area of public administration, Wheeland has published numerous articles in some of the leading journals in the field. He has also published two books and contributed to various others on the topics of local government and urban politics. His research on city management has received external funding from organizations such as the American Political Science Association. Prior to arriving at Villanova, he spent three years on the faculty at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Wheeland received a BA in History and an MPA from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.