Dr. Diane Allen was appointed provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Salisbury University in July 2009. As the second-ranking administrator at SU, she oversees the University’s four endowed schools, library, and graduate studies and research. She also manages areas including academic policy and budgeting, curriculum, faculty development, assessment, technology, and accreditation.
Her leadership and vision have helped enhance the reputation of SU’s current offerings and develop new interdisciplinary and innovative programs for students and faculty. Accomplishments include implementing SU’s first doctoral program in nursing practice, expanding student research and faculty scholarship, strengthening connections with student affairs, and increasing opportunities for international study.
In addition, Allen is responsible for the University’s Honors Program, cultural affairs and community outreach organizations including the Nabb Research Center and Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. During her tenure, SU has opened two new academic facilities, the Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center and a state-of-the-art home for the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, and she is involved with planning for a new Academic Commons.
In February 2012, Allen assumed additional responsibilities as interim vice president for University advancement. She oversees all areas of fundraising and external communications, including alumni relations, annual giving, public relations, marketing, publications and sports information, as well as outreach efforts including lifelong learning, Sea Gull Century, Varsity Club and President’s Club. She also provides guidance as an ex-officio member of the board of directors for the SU Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) that manages some $50 million in assets to support the University’s mission.
Allen came to SU from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she served for five years as dean of the College of Education and Human Development. She implemented that campus’ first doctoral program, an Ed.D. in educational leadership, and also obtained reaccreditations for education programs, established a five-year strategic plan and co-chaired a diversity task force. From 1997-2004, Allen was associate dean for the College of Education at the University of North Texas. In three years, she increased its external funding from $3.6 million to $10.7 million. She wrote a proposal for a math and science teacher academy, established its first outreach plan and education living/learning community, and was active in the faculty senate.
A native of Memphis, TN, Allen earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Memphis. For 12 years she was a K-12 public school teacher. A reading and literacy specialist, she also has some 20 years teaching experience in higher education.
In 2011, Allen earned a prestigious Outstanding Alumna Award from the University of Memphis College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board of Directors. In 2008, she received the Medal of Academic Merit from La Fundacion Liceo Moderno. She has delivered over 50 educational presentations across the United States and published two textbooks. Her 16 peer-reviewed articles explore such topics as teaching at-risk students, increasing diversity in an education school and studying children’s literature.
Allen is an active supporter of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the Salisbury Arts Council. She serves on the Board of Directors of Kids of Honor, a non-profit that promotes high school completion for underprivileged students.
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