Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced the appointment of Geri H. Malandra, Ph.D., as its provost.
In her role, Malandra will lead the academic affairs at Kaplan University to ensure educational quality and effectiveness across the institution. She will serve as a representative of the university’s academic efforts and provide leadership on accreditation, instruction, faculty, curriculum, program development, assessment and other key areas of academic affairs.
“Dr. Malandra’s experience is a perfect fit for Kaplan University at this time in our history,” said Wade Dyke, D.Phil., president of Kaplan University. “Her years of experience with some of the nation’s policy makers and largest university systems will serve us well as we grow throughout the next decade and beyond.”
Malandra joins Kaplan University with a wealth of experience, including recently serving as senior vice president for Leadership, Membership, and Policy Research at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. Malandra also served as vice chancellor for Strategic Management for the 15-campus University of Texas system. As vice chancellor, she led the development of the system's 10-year strategic plan, its first comprehensive accountability and performance reports, and a system-wide academic leadership institute. She also served as executive vice chancellor ad interim for academic affairs, overseeing the work of the nine universities in the University of Texas system.
Prior to her positions in Texas, Malandra worked at the University of Minnesota, where she held positions focused on faculty and research development, accountability and organizational improvement. As associate vice provost there, she led the development of Minnesota's first comprehensive accountability reporting system, as well as policy initiatives and legislative reports on issues related to accountability, accreditation, academic program reviews and planning issues.
Most recently, she founded and was principal of Malandra Consulting LLC, which assisted higher education leaders in developing and implementing outcomes-focused management, accountability and policy initiatives.
“As Kaplan University’s provost, my charge is to ensure that the academic quality for every single individual enrolled is the very best it can be,” Malandra said. “I will work with the faculty and administrators to foster a broad, engaging and transforming experience for our students.”
Malandra will be based in Chicago and will report to President Dyke. She succeeds former provost David Clinefelter, Ph.D., who left the University earlier this year.
Malandra has served in a variety of public service roles as well. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings appointed her to serve as a member and vice chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). NACIQI is an advisory committee that advises the secretary on matters related to accreditation and to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education.
Malandra holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.