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Scott A. Bass Provost Emeritus-Sabbatical Office of the Provost

PhD, Psychology and Education, University of Michigan MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan BA, Psychology, University of Michigan.

Dr. Scott A. Bass is Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University (AU) and Provost Emeritus. Since his arrival at AU in 2008, Dr. Bass has focused on strategic planning, diversity, inclusive excellence, strengthening the academic infrastructure, intensifying research productivity, and enhancing the total student experience. A sample of his accomplishments during this time include elevating the university to the R2 status; overseeing the hiring of over half of the full-time faculty; increasing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity; dramatically increasing student selectivity; enhancing academic standards; and creating many new and innovative curricular and academic programs. As a result, American University has become more student-centered and simultaneously a more nationally accomplished research institution. In his new role at the university, Dr. Bass is focusing on the development of a new university-wide center on higher education.

Prior to AU, Dr. Bass was Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) were he helped expand research funding and enhanced graduate education. His first faculty appointment was at the University of Massachusetts at Boston where he was the inaugural Director and founder of the Gerontology Institute, the Ph.D. Program in Gerontology, and inaugural Co-editor of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Bass is a pioneer in gerontology, and was awarded the prestigious Donald P. Kent Award for exemplifying the “highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpreting gerontology to the larger society.” He has written or edited 8 books, 27 book chapters, and 54 articles, earned a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Japan, and was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 2004. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and is widely recognized today as an innovator in higher education.