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Maryland man named special assistant to provost

A former resident of Piney Point, Md., has been named special assistant to the provost of Austin Peay State University, effective Aug. 1.

Michael Bryan Becraft replaces Diane McDonald, who served as interim special assistant to the provost prior to moving to Texas.

Becraft comes to APSU from St. Marys College of Maryland, St. Mary City, where he had been assistant to the provost since 2004.
A former resident of Piney Point, Md., has been named special assistant to the provost of Austin Peay State University, effective Aug. 1.

Michael Bryan Becraft replaces Diane McDonald, who served as interim special assistant to the provost prior to moving to Texas.

Becraft comes to APSU from St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary City, where he had been assistant to the provost since 2004.

St. Mary's College is Maryland's public honors college. With an enrollment of about 2,000, St. Mary's is a liberal arts college with many of the attributes of a small private school.

Becraft is slated to complete his doctorate in organizational processes and general management from the University of Maryland University College in 2007. He earned a Master of Arts in Financial Economic for Public Policy from The American University, Washington, D.C. His Bachelor of Arts in Economics is from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

As assistant to the provost of St. Mary's College, Becraft's duties included ensuring compliance with the requirements and regulations of the college and of the Maryland Higher Education Commission as well as with state and federal statutes.

He co-chaired the Multicultural Advisory Committee, reviewed the college's academic budget and served on several committees, including those for strategic planning, academic planning and academic facilities.

Becraft has taught at several schools, including Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University and Children's National Medical Center, and he was acting manager of social science research at The American University in 1999.

He has made professional presentations at several state and national conferences and has an extensive record of service including as chief elections judge of St. Mary's County for 2001-04. His honors and awards include the Maryland Historical Trust 1999 Educational Excellence Award and the Maryland Distinguished Scholar/Distinguished Teacher Education Fellowship during 1994-98.

Dr. Bruce Speck, Austin Peay provost and vice president for academic and student services, said, “Michael is a quick study, detail oriented and personable. He brings to the special assistant position a package of skills and abilities that promise to be a great asset to the office.” — Dennie B. Burke