Office of the Provost

Joseph E. Zimmer, Ph.D.

Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
Professor of Education

Dr. Zimmer is the chief academic officer for the university, overseeing RMU’s four schools, their degree programs, scholarly research, the Elaine Boyd Library, Student Life and Special Academic Programs.

Sushil K. Acharya, Ph.D.

Vice President Research, Global Initiatives, and Development
Professor of Software Engineering

Dr. Acharya oversees faculty, staff, and student research, university grant activities, the Center for Global Engagement, and the Institutional Review Board.

Jon Radermacher, M.F.A.

Vice Provost, Academic Administration
Associate Professor of Media Arts

Prof. Radermacher oversees academic operations, manages and leads improvement on academic software applications, including Banner, CLAS, FAP, PTFCAS and the curriculum tracking system, assists in new program development, supervises the Office of the Registrar, oversees the Academic Integrity process, manages various academic budgets, and liaises with IT and facilities regarding academic technology and space.

Timothy Schlak, Ph.D.

Associate Provost, Academic Alliances
Associate Professor of Learning Resources

Dr. Schlak is responsible for establishing, maintaining and updating articulation agreements with high schools, community colleges, and other universities working in coordination with the Office of the Registrar and the Deans' Council.

Maureen Keefer, M. Ed.

Dean of Students

Ms. Keefer oversees several student service areas including the Center for Student Success, Campus Ministry, Residence Life, the Counseling Center, and MyHealth RMU (Student Health Center). She also serves as the Advisor to RMU's fraternities and sororities and to the Student Government Association. As Dean of Students, she also assists students with matters related to the Code of Student Conduct, emergency assistance and campus resources, and initiatives that support student retention and success.

Daniell Matthews, Ed.D.

University Registrar

Ms. Matthews ensures the integrity, accuracy, and security of all academic records of current and former students, provides leadership in planning, organizing, and managing all of the activities related to the operations of the Office of the Registrar, and ensures that these activities and operations reflect best practices.


Visit the Center for Global Engagement and discover opportunities to study, research, or intern around the world.


Several special programs are available at RMU for students who aspire to positions of leadership and seek to challenge themselves and to gain the insights and guidance of professional mentors and of their peers.


This department functions as the main resource for students, faculty, and staff seeking information and/or services relating to the academic affairs within this system. Click here to view the Academic Integrity Policy

Scholar Development

The Office of Scholar Development is dedicated to helping our most ambitious undergraduate students achieve their intellectual and professional goals. We help students assess their strengths, explore opportunities, and complete applications for prestigious national and international awards. Click here to contact us for more info.


The Center for Innovative Teaching seeks to support the professional development of RMU faculty through a variety of programs and activities. Initiatives include a faculty mentoring program and a faculty advisor training program. The center also supports RMU faculty engagement in pedagogical research and presentation.

Center for Innovation and Outreach

The RMU Center for Innovation and Outreach Center strives to increase awareness of RMU innovations in industry, academia, and the local community. We support community projects that focus on innovation, provide summer camps and workshops, and also contribute to and support RMU Next.