Officers of the University
Steve O. Michael, PhD
Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost
Dr. Steve O. Michael was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arcadia University for 5 years, where he was instrumental in establishing the College of Health Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Global Business, and the School of Education. Prior to his time at Arcadia University, he was a full professor of higher education management at Kent State University, where he also held several administrative positions including interim Associate Dean and Vice Provost for Diversity and Academic Initiatives. Dr. Michael was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2000-2001 at Carnegie Mellon University. He also served part of his fellowship at the City University of London and the University of Bath in England.
Dr. Michael is a professor of higher education administration with an interest in higher education finance and strategic management issues. His research interest includes the application of business strategies to institutional management, quality assurance, entrepreneurial higher education and global higher education. He has published widely in most of the leading international and national refereed journals in the field of higher education on topics such as diversity in higher education, cost reduction analysis and financial constraints in higher education, presidency and trusteeship, academic program reviews and discontinuation, and marketing of higher education. He is an active presenter at international conferences and a consultant on higher education issues.
Dr. Michael was a British/Canadian Commonwealth Scholar and the recipient of the first Sheffield Award for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education. His awards include the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, the Outstanding Faculty Award from Phi Beta Delta, Dean’s Award for professional achievements, and a letter of recognition from the Governor of Alaska. He has directed over 20 doctoral dissertations and theses on topics that include TQM in higher education, financing higher education, internationalization of higher education, and evaluation of college president’s effectiveness. Dr. Michael has served on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Educational Management – the leading international refereed journal on education management; the American Psychology Association’s Journal of Diversity; and once the associate editor of the Journal of Research in Education.
Dr. Michael earned his doctorate from the University of Alberta, Canada and he is also a graduate of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, a trained accreditation consultant-evaluator by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He is a recipient of Honorary Doctorate from Danubius University, Romania and holds appointment as an honorary professor at Wuzi University, China, and honorary University Councilor at PeiHua University, China. His wide-ranging international background extends from the Sub-Saharan Africa to the Sub-Arctic Alaska.
Dr. Michael was one of the principal founders of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), one of the founders of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), and one of the founders of the Association for the Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC) for which he currently serves as the President. Steve is a volunteer soccer coach, an ardent ping pong player, and a budding golf player.