Lori Vermeulen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Lori Vermeulen has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at
Stockton University since June of 2016. She brings more than 20 years of experience
in higher education to her primary responsibility as chief academic officer. In this
role, she oversees the work of Stockton’s seven Schools and numerous offices, centers,
and institutes that support Stockton’s academic mission. Serving as a critical member
of the institution’s senior leadership team, Dr. Vermeulen provides vision, leadership
and strategic planning for the Division of Academic Affairs. She plays a key role
in planning and supporting academic programming for Stockton, including its offerings
at its new campus in Atlantic City that is scheduled to open in Fall of 2018.
Dr. Vermeulen joined the Stockton community after serving nine years as Dean of the
College of Arts & Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Previously,
Dr. Vermeulen was employed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she held
several administrative and faculty roles, including Chair of the Department of Chemistry
Prior to entering the world of higher education, Dr. Vermeulen demonstrated her expertise
as an experienced chemist in pharmaceuticals, working for industry giants such as
Merck Chemical Manufacturing Division and Merck, Sharpe, & Dohme Research Laboratories.
She has received various grants in support of her research, has been awarded three
patents, and has authored numerous scholarly publications.
Dr. Vermeulen earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University and
holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton. She is an alumnus of the
Higher Education Resources (HERS) program, the American Council on Education’s Chief
Academic Officer training, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’
Becoming a Provost Academy. She has served as a consultant and workshop facilitator
providing leadership training in higher education and in mindfulness practice.
Carra Leah Hood, Associate Provost for Strategic Planning, Academic Programming, and Assessment
Carra Leah Hood
Associate Provost for Strategic Planning, Academic Programming, and Assessment
As Associate Provost for Strategic Planning, Academic Programming, and Assessment,
Carra Leah Hood oversees academic planning and assessment for the Office of the Provost,
providing support to the development of new and existing academic programs from start
to finish. In addition, she supervises the academic directors and supports their
efforts to provide vision and leadership in executing their missions and serves as
liaison between these individuals, units, and the office of the Provost: Library,
Center for Learning Design; Director of Academic Assessment/Academic Assessment Committee;
Globalizing the Curriculum Specialist, University Academic Internship Coordinator,
Academic Affairs Liaison for Accessibility and Assistive Technology. Carra also contributes
to faculty review for promotion and tenure, facilitates the post tenure review process
and manages procedures for electing faculty to Faculty Fellow and center Director
Carra joined the Writing Program faculty in the School of General Studies in 2005.
In her faculty role, Carra coordinated the Writing Minor for six years, chaired the
General Studies Committee of the Faculty Senate for three terms, served as course
Convener in the School of General Studies for four terms, served on the Faculty Senate
as a representative for the School of General Studies, and was a member of the Research
and Professional Development Committee since her first year at Stockton. Carra contributed
to the recent Middle States accreditation process as a team member for Standard 7,
Institutional Assessment. She has also performed in a number of roles with professional
organizations, including Chair of the Rewards and Recognitions Committee of the Council
of Writing Program Administrators, member of the annual conference organizing committee
for the Association for Authentic Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning and the
Association of American Colleges and Universities General Studies and Assessment meetings,
member of the Advisory Council for the Economic Inequality Initiative of the American
Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Associate with the Association
of American Colleges and Universities.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies
from Hunter College, The City University of New York, Carra attended Yale University,
receiving an M.A. in African Studies and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She has
broad, interdisciplinary interests and has presented at conferences and produced scholarship
on a variety of academic and administrative topics. In addition, she writes creatively.
Michelle McDonald, Chief Academic Officer, Atlantic City, & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chief Academic Officer, Atlantic City, & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michelle Craig McDonald is the Chief Officer for Academic Programming, Atlantic City
and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Stockton University. In this
capacity, she coordinates Stockton's off-campus instructional sites, including the
University's new Atlantic City Academic Center, to ensure their smooth integration
with the main campus. In addition, she oversees the Offices of Research and Sponsored
Programs, Office of Continuing Studies, Center for Community Engagement, and Office
of Global Engagement, and is the University's Accreditation Liaison Officer to Middle
States Commission on Higher Education and other national, regional, state and local
agencies in higher education.
Dr. McDonald is also Associate Professor of History in the School of Arts and Humanities,
and her research and scholarship has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation,
National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education. Since
joining Stockton in 2006, Dr. McDonald has served in a number of administrative capacities,
as History Program Coordinator (2012-14), Vice President of Faculty Senate (2013-15),
co-chair of the Faculty Senate Task Force on University Status (2012-14), co-chair
of the Pan-College Task Fore on University Status (2014), Faculty Administrative Fellow
in the Office of the Provost (2014), and Assistant Provost (2015-17).
Dr. McDonald received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, an M.A.
in Museum and American Studies from George Washington University, an M.A. in Liberal
Arts from St. John's College, and a B.A. in History from the University of California
(Los Angeles). She was also the Harvard-Newcomen Post-Doctoral Fellow in Business
History at the Harvard Business School in 2005, the year before she came to Stockton
Tom Grites, Assistant Provost for Academic Support
Assistant Provost for Academic Support
Tom Grites has served as Director of Academic Advising, Interim Director of Teacher
Education, Interim Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Assistant to the Vice President
of Academic Affairs, and currently as Assistant Provost for Academic Support in his
40-plus years at Stockton. He currently has responsibilities for academic orientation
programming, First-Year Experience efforts, transfer student initiatives, liaison
with the Division of Student Affairs, and various other projects. He also teaches
regularly, primarily a seminar course for new transfer students.
He was one of the founding members of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
and served as its President for two terms. He currently serves as a Senior Editor
of the NACADA Journal and regularly provides other services to NACADA.
Dr. Grites has written over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports;
he has delivered more than 120 conference presentations; and he has conducted faculty
development workshops and academic advising program reviews on over 100 campuses.
He has served on the Absecon Board of Education for over 30 years.
Tom earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Illinois State University and Ph.D. from
the University of Maryland. Both institutions have awarded him distinguished Alumni
Awards, and he was inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame at Illinois
State in October 2007. He was recognized as a Transfer Champion by the National Institute
for the Study of Transfer Students in 2015.
John Smith, Director of Academic Operations
Director of Academic Operations
John supports the Provost's academic planning initiatives and office operations.
He is the lead staff administering academic appeals and oversees operations for the
Academic Honesty Appeals Board. John coordinates the ceremonial components of Commencement.
He also oversees publishing the University Bulletin annually, reviews and revises
academic policies and procedures, and maintains the Academic Affairs website. Prior
to joining the Provost’s staff team in 2014 John worked in the Division of Student
Affairs as Director of Student Affairs Operations, Director of Care & Community Standards
and Assistant to the Dean of Students.
Throughout his career John developed a proficiency in conflict resolution as a trained
mediator addressing student conflict and conduct concerns at Stockton. He was instrumental
in launching the Behavioral Intervention Team, an interdisciplinary group assembled
to assess and intervene on high risk behavior concerns at the University.
John earned two Master of Arts degrees from Bowling Green State University in College
Student Personnel and Counseling. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology
from the University of Miami.
Kelly Oquist, Officer for Budget and Accounting
Officer for Budget and Accounting
Kelly Oquist serves as the Officer for Budget and Accounting for the Division of Academic
Affairs.In this role, she works with the Deans and Budget Unit Managers to identify annual academic program budgetary needs to be submitted to the Provost for
approval.In addition, she develops and implements appropriate budget control mechanisms and
Kelly joined the Office of the Provost in April 2016, bringing 15 years of experience
working in the Division of Administration and Finance at Stockton University.
Kelly earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting
from Stockton University.
Heather Watkins, Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer, Atlantic City
Joe Sramaty, Executive Assistant to the Provost
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Joe joined the Office of the Provost in July of 2017.
As the Executive Assistant to the Provost, Joe is responsible for overseeing the daily
operations of the Office of the Provost as well as position control and all personnel
processes (new hire, reappointment, etc.) for the Division of Academic Affairs. He
also serves as the liaison to the Board of Trustees for Academic Affairs, works with
the new program development process, as well assisting the Provost with her day-to-day
activities. Prior to working in the Office of the Provost, Joe served in the Office
of the Vice President for Student Affairs and in the School of Arts and Humanities.
Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Performance from Stockton University
and is completing his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Messiah College.
Gail Tracy, Student Issues and Data Administrative Assistant
Student Issues and Data Administrative Assistant
In her position as a Professional Services Specialist, Gail Tracy provides assistance
to students in the academic appeals process and acts as an Academic Affairs liaison
for Banner data requests and updates. She worked as a proctor in the Testing and Assessment
Center at Atlantic Cape Community College before entering Stockton, where she spent
two years as a Program Assistant for the Office of Institutional Research.
As a business owner in Cape May County since 2005, Gail worked from home for years
while she raised her two children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from
the University of Delaware in 1992.
Elizabeth Masterson, Administrative Assistant to the Provost