Provost Staff

Nina Mikhalevsky, Provostmikhalevsky-nina06-wpcf_117x150

Office number; 540.654.1241


The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the university and is responsible for oversight of all academic programs, academic planning and budgets and faculty matters. Working with the deans and the faculty, the provost provides leadership of major university initiatives in teaching, research and creative activities and has responsibility for all university educational and academic policies.

Dr. Mikhalevsky previously served as UMW’s Vice President for Strategy and Policy (2006-2007), as Acting Provost (2007-2009), and as Interim Dean of the College of Education (2014-2016). Prior to coming to Mary Washington, she was Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Planning in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University. Other administrative roles include Director of the Elizabeth Somers Center and Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University, and Dean of Students and Campus Life, Presiding Officer of the Faculty, Chair of the Liberal Studies Department, and Director of the Honors Program at Mount Vernon College.

Dr. Mikhalevsky, also Professor of Philosophy, holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in philosophy from Georgetown University, as well as a B.A. (1974) in philosophy from Boston University. Named the Ambassador John M. Steeves Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Mikhalevsky was also awarded a teaching fellowship and a university fellowship at Georgetown University. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth J. Somers Award for Outstanding Leadership in Women’s Education from Mount Vernon College. She is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Society for Aesthetics, and the Society for Women in Philosophy.

Dr. Mikhalevsky’s areas of expertise and research include aesthetics, ethics, and political theory, as well as Women in STEM, women’s education and pedagogy, and the history of women’s education.


John T. Morello, Associate Provost for Academic AffairsMorello

Office number: 540.654.1241


The Associate Provost for Academic Affairs serves as the chief deputy to the Provost in academic affairs matters such as academic space planning and building projects; academic budget planning and decision making; academic organization, staffing and academic policy issues; and curriculum matters.  The Associate Provost updates and edits the Faculty Handbook and also serves as editor in chief of the undergraduate and graduate Academic Catalogs.  The Associate Provost serves as SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison, is the Academic Affairs Liaison to SCHEV, coordinates planning for the summer session, and oversees the University’s process for review and approval of external grants and contracts funding.

Prior to joining the UMW faculty in 1989, Dr. Morello held faculty positions at James Madison University and Simpson College (Iowa).  Before moving into his administrative role at UMW, Dr. Morello earned the rank of Professor of Communication, served as Director of the Intercollegiate Debate Program, founded and served as first director of the Speaking Intensive Program, and chaired the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication.

Dr. Morello earned a Ph.D. in speech communication at Wayne State University, an M.A. in speech from Northern Illinois University, and an A.B. in government at the College of William and Mary.

Debra Schleef, Associate Provost for Institutional Analysis and Effectivenessschleef-debra13-wpcf_100x150

Office Number; 540.654.1282


Dr. Schleef supervises the Office of Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness.  Reporting directly to the Provost, this Office provides accurate, relevant and timely access to information used by both internal and external constituencies. Driven by the mission of the University which is to “provide a superior education that inspires and enables our students to make positive changes in the world”, the Office of Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness collects, analyzes, and disseminates a wide variety of data and information in support of the institutional effectiveness and decision-making processes. The Office is also charged with building competence in assessment and other data-driven improvement strategies aimed at making academic programs and institutional units more effective in fulfilling the mission of the University of Mary Washington.

Dr. Schleef, also Professor of Sociology, earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in sociology from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in sociology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her recent research focuses on the composition of the Hispanic community in the greater “New South,” including demographic trends, the impact of immigration on the area, and Latino efforts to adapt to their new home. Schleef is co-author, with H.B. Cavalcanti, of Latinos in Dixie: Class and Assimilation in Richmond, Virginia (2009).

She is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Association, and the Law and Society Association. She is the recipient of two Mary Washington Faculty Development Grants and a Jepson Fellowship. Dr .Schleef is an authoritative source on the sociology of law, occupations and professions, professional education and socialization, elites, race/class/gender and Latino migration and assimilation in the American South.

Rosemary Huff Arneson, University Librarianrharneson

Office Number: 540.654.1147




Rosemary Huff Arneson became University Librarian in January 2011.  She oversees administration of all aspects of of library operations, including the university archives. She previously served as university librarian for Carmichael Library at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama. Prior to working at Montevallo, She served as director of Everett Library at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also held positions at Fairfield University, James Madison University and Virginia State University.

Ms. Arneson is active in a number of professional organizations, including serving as president of the Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries, and as chair of the Resource Sharing Committee of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries since 2008. She also is a member of the American Library Association.

Ms. Arneson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in librarianship from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

Amy J. O’Reilly, Assistant to the Provost

Office Number: 540.654.1241 or 1929


Amy O’Reilly joined the Provost Office in 2009.   In her almost 15 years with the University she has served in a number of offices including College Relations,Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty (now the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences), and the Office of the President.

Ms. O’Reilly serves as webmaster for the Provost Office and assists with the University Faculty Handbook, Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.  She also serves as the secretary to the Institutional Review Board.

Ms. O’Reilly is a member of Mary Washington’s  Class of 1991.  She holds B.A. in American Studies.

Virginia Irvin, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Office Number: 540.654.1001


Virginia Irvin joined the Provost’s Office in 2009. She has worked at Mary Washington since 1994, having previously served in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty (now the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences).

Ms. Irvin prepares all full-time and part-time faculty teaching contracts, including summer session contracts. She oversees records management for the Office of the Provost, coordinates new faculty hiring, prepares faculty personnel action items for the Board of Visitors docket, and provides general administrative support for a wide range of activities including but not limited to review of sabbatical and other leave applications, promotion and tenure actions, petitions for visas as needed by faculty and academic support staff, and preparation of agendas for university-wide general faculty meetings. She also assists with the preparation of the Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalogs.

Ms. Irvin holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Education (French) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.