Nicholas H. Allen, DPA

Nicholas H. AllenNicholas H. Allen is provost emeritus of University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He recently served as interim president of the university, following the resignation of Gerald A. Heeger in August 2005 until the start of Susan C. Aldridge’s tenure in February 2006.

Dr. Allen joined UMUC’s Graduate School of Management Studies in 1987 as a senior faculty member and director of General Management and Executive Programs. In 1991, he became dean of the Graduate School and saw it emerge as one of the largest schools of management on the east coast with more than 7,000 graduate students. During his tenure as UMUC's chief academic officer, a position to which he was appointed in 1998, Dr. Allen has provided leadership and strategic direction to UMUC's academic units.

Allen has overseen UMUC’s emergence as one of the world’s largest virtual universities with online enrollments reaching more than 140,000 in FY 2005.

Prior to coming to UMUC, Dr. Allen served 23 years with the U.S. Coast Guard where, among other assignments, he commanded two cutters and served as a program manager at the Coast Guard Institute, responsible for professional qualification courses and service-wide promotion examinations for the Coast Guard enlisted workforce.

He received his BS degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, MBA degree from Oklahoma City University, and MPA and DPA degrees from the George Washington University.