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Dean of Graduate Studies Named Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs


Dahlia D. Lynn of Gorham has been recommended to serve as the University of Southern Maine’s interim associate provost for academic affairs, pending approval by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees at its meeting on July 18.

As associate provost, Lynn will have primary responsibility for the General Education Core, Women and Gender Studies, the Honors Program, and Russell Scholars. She also will coordinate the development of policies that will support the creation of interdisciplinary programs and the review of existing programs.

“Dahlia knows this university well, both as a faculty member and as a senior administrator,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Wright. “She will have a key leadership role as we continue to solidify our academic offerings and create new teaching and learning opportunities for our students and faculty.”  USM has reorganized to generate savings for reinvestments in academic programs and create opportunities for more collaboration among academic disciplines.

Lynn came to USM’s Muskie School in 1996, where she teaches in the Public Policy and Management graduate program, and served as the program chair for six years. She also was associate dean of academic and student affairs in the Muskie School. Most recently, Lynn served as USM’s interim dean of graduate studies.

Prior to joining USM, Lynn worked at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for 12 years as special assistant to the chancellor for human resources and affirmative action, and as the university foreign scholar officer.

She is the recipient of awards from the American Society for Public Administration and has published and presented on such topics as leadership development in the non‑profit sector and human resource management. USM awarded her a Faculty University Service Award in 2000.

Lynn holds a Ph.D. in public administration from Florida International University, an M.A. in personnel and administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. in communication from Ohio University, Athens.