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Bass, Scott A.

Office of the Provost
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Washington, DC 20016-8061
Scott A. Bass

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Dr. Scott A. Bass is Provost at American University (AU), where he is the chief academic officer providing leadership for AU’s six schools and colleges, the University Library, professional development, enrollment management, and other academic affairs units.  Dr. Bass also holds the appointment of Professor of Public Administration & Policy in the AU School of Public Affairs.  Since his arrival at AU in 2008, Provost Bass has focused on strategic planning, diversity, and strengthening the academic infrastructure.  A sample of his accomplishments during this time include hiring over 100 new tenure line faculty; increasing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity; establishing the Global Scholars Program, which is a 3-year bachelors degree with a 4th year master’s degree option; establishing the Frederick Douglas Distinguished Scholars Program; transforming the University Honors Program into a living learning program; expanding the University College Program; and revising the General Education Program.

Provost Bass began his academic career at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was the founding Director and Administrator of the Gerontology Institute and the founding chair of the Gerontology program. There, he also established and directed one of the nation’s first PhD programs in Gerontology.  He later served as the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), playing a leadership role in UMBC’s dramatic expansion in research and graduate education.  A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Bass 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 and 45 articles, earned a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Japan, and was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 2004. He is widely recognized as an innovator in higher education.  Dr. Bass currently serves on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Higher Education Advisory Council and recently served on the Council of Graduate Schools Professional Science Master’s Project Team.  In addition, he served on the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States, a Joint Commission of the ETS and the Council of Graduate Studies.  He received his PhD in the combined program in psychology and education at the University of Michigan.