A message from Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce J. Walz as special assistant to the provost for strategic initiatives, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Walz is a professor and currently serves as chair of emergency health services.
As special assistant to the provost, Dr. Walz will work closely with the provost on a variety of issues and programs related to UMBC’s strategic plan, with particular emphasis on maintaining effective communication to all campus stakeholders regarding the status of the plan. Dr. Walz will advise the provost on the design and deployment of Web-based and other avenues of effective communication and monitoring related to strategic planning and implementation activities, including the development of implementation timelines and priorities, evidence-based feasibility studies, measures of success, metrics, and milestones.
Dr. Walz served as co-chair of the campus-wide strategic planning process and brings to this position his extensive experience in shared governance. Most recently he has served for nine years as chair of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (APB), a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, President’s Council and the University Budget Committee. He is currently a member of the Middle States accreditation steering committee.
Dr. Walz completed his Ph.D. in agricultural and extension education, with a concentration in adult education administration at University of Maryland, College Park in 1985. Before joining the UMBC community in 1987, he was manager of the Institute Development Division of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at UMCP. He coordinates and teaches in the education track of the master’s program in the department of emergency health services and also teaches undergraduate courses in leadership and supervision. Dr. Walz’s research interests include emergency services education and volunteer issues. He is the author of Introduction to EMS Systems and coauthor of Foundations of EMS Systems.
Dr. Walz is a past president of the National Association of EMS Educators and received the association’s lifetime achievement award in 2012. He is also a past president of Advocates for EMS, an industry coalition formed to inform and lobby Congress and federal agencies on issues related to emergency medical systems. In 2011 he received the University System of Maryland Regent’s Award for Public Service.
UMBC is fortunate to have someone of Dr. Walz’s stature and experience serve in this capacity. Please join me in congratulating and supporting him in this important endeavor.