Office of the President

Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.
Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.
President, Stevenson University

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Stevenson University, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We have a phrase here—“It’s a great day to be a Mustang”—and this phrase summarizes the spirit of our campus. Ours is a community centered on our students’ success, providing them with exceptional experiences, and connections to successful careers.

Here you will find exceptional experiences that allow you to grow and develop, explore new interests, and fully realize your potential. Imagine traveling abroad to explore the ecosystems of a tropical rainforest; creating fashions that will be exhibited on a New York runway; or scoring a goal that secures your team the conference championship. These experiences and more are available at Stevenson.

Producing career-ready graduates has always been central to our mission. Through a process that includes career exploration and professional preparation, we connect you with career paths and foster the skills and mindset needed for professional advancement. When you walk across the stage as a graduating senior at commencement, you will have more than just a degree from Stevenson. You will have career direction and the confidence needed for success in your chosen field.

Lastly, becoming a Stevenson Mustang means you are part of a close-knit community that will support you from day one and help you achieve your vision of success. Our mission is to help you grow, discover, and realize your aspirations. Here you will find the guidance and support to do this—whether you want to develop your leadership skills, explore your passion for the arts, serve our community, conduct your own research, or pursue a career-defining internship. You will find mentors in our faculty, staff, and coaches, and, through our campus’ rich social and cultural life, you will make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Our website contains many resources for you to learn about Stevenson. I encourage you to visit our beautiful campus, meet our students and faculty, and see for yourself the outstanding opportunities, activities, and facilities that Stevenson offers.

With best wishes for your college search,

Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.
President, Stevenson University

Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.

Stevenson welcomed its seventh president, Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., on July 3, 2017. Dr. Hirshman has more than 35 years of experience in higher education, and he previously served as president of San Diego State University (SDSU) before becoming president of Stevenson University. Prior to Dr. Hirshman’s appointment at SDSU, he served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He also served as Chief Research Officer at the George Washington University and chaired the Department of Psychology there and at the University of Colorado at Denver. He began his academic career, rising to the rank of full professor, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During his time at Stevenson, Dr. Hirshman has worked with colleagues to develop Stevenson’s campus, expanding indoor and outdoor spaces for student life and recreation; adding new academic facilities; and developing the university’s 117-acre East campus. In addition, he has worked to create more career-focused academic programs and exceptional opportunities for students’ professional development, including the university’s B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Professional Minors programs, and Stevenson’s first doctoral program, the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.


B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude1979-1983Yale University
M.A., Cognitive Psychology1983-1984University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology
Minor Areas: Personality Psychology, Quantitative Psychology
1984-1987University of California, Los Angeles
Post-Doctoral Fellow
National Institute of Mental Health
1987-1989New York University

Professional Positions

Stevenson University
San Diego State University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
              Provost and Senior Vice-President
George Washington University
              Chief Research Officer
George Washington University
              Chair, Department of Psychology
University of Colorado at Denver
              Chair, Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
              Special Assistant to the Provost
Arizona State University
              American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow
              Office of the Provost and President

Academic Positions

Stevenson University
              Professor of Psychology
San Diego State University
              Professor of Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
              Professor of Psychology
George Washington University
              Professor of Psychology
University of Colorado at Denver
              Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
              Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
              Associate Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
              Assistant Professor of Psychology

Select Leadership and Board Service

  • Member, Northwest Hospital Board of Directors (2022-Present)
  • Member, Garrison Forest Corridor Task Force (2021-Present)
  • Member At-Large, Board of Directors, Owings Mills Corporate Roundtable (2021-Present)
  • Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Maryland Independent College and University Association (2019-Present)
  • Chair, Board of Directors, San Diego State University Research Foundation (2011-2017)
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Campanile Foundation (2011-2017)
  • Member, Chairman’s Competitiveness Council (A partnership of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Council, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and CONNECT) (2011-2015)
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Mountain West Athletic Conference (2015-2016)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mountain West Athletic Conference (2011-2017)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE), Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) (2011-2014)
  • Co-Chair, California State University Task Force on a Sustainable Financial Model (2014-2015)
  • Chair, Council of Vice Presidents and Deans, UMBC (2008-2011)
  • Co-Chair, American East Athletic Conference Strategic Planning-Academic Integrity and Achievement Sub-Committee (2009-2010)
  • Member, State of Maryland College Success Task Force (2009-2010)
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at UMBC (2008-2011)
  • Member, University System of Maryland Task Force on Research and Economic Competitiveness (2008-2009)

Selected Honors

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • American Council on Education Fellow
  • Joseph Gengerelli Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of California, Los Angeles
  • James McKeen Cattell Outstanding Dissertation Award, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Regents Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Distinction in the Major, Economics and Mathematics, Yale University
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Maryland Daily Record 2022 Power 30 in Higher Education

Selected Publications


Hirshman, E. (1988) The expectation-violation effect: Paradoxical effects of Semantic Relatedness. Journal of Memory and Language, 27, 40-58.

Hirshman, E. & Bjork, R. (1988) The generation effect: Support for a two-factor theory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 14, 484-494.

Hirshman, E., Trembath, D. & Mulligan, N. (1994) Theoretical implications of the mnemonic benefits of perceptual interference. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 20, 608-620.

Hirshman, E. (1995) Decision processes in recognition memory: Criterion shifts and the list strength paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 21, 302-313.

Hirshman, E. & Master, S. (1997) Modeling the conscious correlates of recognition memory: Reflections on the Remember-Know paradigm. Memory & Cognition, 25, 345-352.

Hirshman, E. & Henzler, A. (1998) The role of decision processes in conscious memory. Psychological Science, 9, 61-64.

Hirshman, E., Passannante, A. & Arndt, J. (2001) Midazolam amnesia and conceptual processing in implicit memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 130, 453-465.

Hirshman, E. (2004) The Psychopharmacology of Memory and Cognition: Promises, Pitfalls and a Methodological Framework. Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Ed.) B. Ross, Vol. 45, 253-271.

Wharton,W., Hirshman, E., Merritt, P., Doyle, L., Paris, S., & Gleason, C. (2008) Oral contraceptives and androgenicity: Influences on visuospatial task performance in younger individuals. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 16, 156-164.

Stangl, B., Hirshman, E. & Verbalis, J. (2011) Administration of dehydroepianrosterone (DHEA) enhances visual-spatial processing in post-menopausal women. Behavioral Neuroscience, 125(5), 742-752.

Administrative Leadership

Hirshman, E. (1998) A national study of private fundraising for graduate fellowships. CASE Currents, July-August, 54-60.

Hirshman, E. & Hrabowski, F. (2011) The Imperative of Institutional Culture Change. Chronicle of Higher Education, January 16.

Hirshman, E. (2016) Technology: Reshaping Economy and Educational Goals. EDUCAUSE Review, 51.


President’s Cabinet

Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.
Susan T. Gorman, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President,
Academic Affairs and Provost
Antionette Marbray
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Government Relations
Melanie M. Edmondson
Vice President,
Finance & Administration
and Chief Financial Officer
Lauree Woodring
Interim Chief of Staff
Mark J. Hergan
Vice President,
Enrollment Management
David C. Jordan
Vice President,
Human Resources
John Buettner
Vice President,
Marketing and Digital Communications
Andre Williams
Vice President,
Student Affairs
Christopher Vaughan
Vice President,
University Advancement

Board of Trustees


Arthur F. Bell, Jr., CPA
Managing Member and Owner
Belltower LLC

Sandra R. Berman
Sandra & Malcolm Berman Charitable Foundation

Robert D. Biagiotti, P.E.
Vice President, Asset and Core System Projects
Exelon Corp.

Barbara M. Bozzuto

Robert C. Brennan
Treasurer of the Board
Former Executive Director
Maryland Economic Development Corporation

David A. Burrows, Jr. ’92 ’94 ’94 ’95 ’99M
President and Owner
Visual Integrators

Samuel M. Dell III

Scott E. Dorsey
Merritt Companies

Karen P. Gibbs
President and Founder
The Gibbs Perspective

Nancy C. Hubble, GRI, CRS, ABR
Hubble Bisbee Christie’s International Real Estate

Sean A. Isaac, M.D.
Cooper Kettle Anesthesia

Brenda Bowe Johnson, Ph.D.
Vice President
The Language House, Inc.

Donna L. Kahoe ’99

Blaire Miller ’05
Ex officio
Senior Business Development Manager

Meredith A. Mowen ’95
Managing Director
1919 Investment Counsel

Candace Osunsade
Global Chief People & Diversity Officer, Executive Vice President, Global People Resources
Catholic Relief Services

T. Scott Pugatch
Chair of the Board
Greenhill Properties, Inc.

Jennifer Ward Reynolds, CFA
Partner and Director
Ward Properties

Paul Mark Sandler, Esq.
Of Counsel
Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler

Margaret “Meg” Sheetz

Kathleen Sher
K Sher Consulting
Philanthropy, Marketing, and External Affairs Consultant

Anna L. Smith
Group Vice President, Family Wealth
Wilmington Trust

James B. Stradtner, CFA
Managing Partner
Century Private Investments LLC

Justin Towles ’05
Crown Consulting, Inc.

Christopher Tsakalos ’03
H&S Family of Bakeries

Judith S. Waranch, Esq.
Managing Director
The Waranch Group, LLC

Orsia Foudos Young, Esq. ’79

President’s Advisory Council  


Leonard Attman
President and Chairman
Attman Holdings, LLC
Chairman of the Board, FutureCare
Health and Management Corporation

Lisa Barnhill
Associate Broker
ABC Group
Angelozzi . Barnhill . Cummings
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty

Anirban Basu
Chairman and CEO
Sage Policy Group, Inc.

Ingrid L. Bortner
Professor Emeritus, Nursing Coordinator of International Travel Studies
The Community College of Baltimore County

Christina Struhar Bowman ’02
Clifton Larson Allen LLP

Aurelia Burt
Education Consultant

Kevin G. Byrnes

Alexander G. Campbell III
A.G. Campbell Advisory

Christopher Campbell
President & CEO
nxtMOVE Corporation

D. Keith Campbell
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Campbell and Company

Gail Chrzan
Senior Vice President
Blue & Obrecht Realty, LLC

Lee Coplan, FAIA
Chief Executive Officer
Hord Coplan Macht

Daniel F. Dent, CFA
Chairman, Portfolio Manager & Analyst
D. F. Dent and Company, Inc.

John Dinkel
Dinkel Business Development, LLC

Melissa Dueñas
Senior Vice President, Director of Communications and Marketing

Jack Dunn IV
Retired Chairman and CEO
FTI Consulting

Vanessa Eluma ’05
Chief of Staff to the CEO
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Jonathan E. Farber
Passive Capital Management, LLC

Pamela Felton

Mitchell F. Ford
The Ford Group at Morgan Stanley

Gigi Franyo, Ph.D.

Steven D. Frenkil, Esq.
Miles & Stockbridge

Donald C. Fry, Esq.
President and CEO, Retired
Greater Baltimore Committee

Susan J. Ganz
Lion Brothers Co., Inc.

Tere Geckle

Susan Guarnieri, MD

Rosemary K. Harder ’69

Herbert J. Hoelter
Co-Founder and Board Chair

Ebony Hypolite, CPA ’06
SC&H Group 

Savas J. Karas, CPA, MBA
Chief Technology Officer and Chief Transformation Officer

Kathy Kimber

Ashley J. Lawrence, Esq. ’09
Associate Attorney
Cordell + Cordell

Elizabeth N. Lynott ’70
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Nick Mangione, Jr.
Vice President of Operations
Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn Owings Mills

Carolee Martelle ’63 ’89 ’97

Carol Menning ’69

Robert G. Merrick III
Asset Strategy Consultants

Charlotte Modly, MD
Women’s Hospital Foundation

Donna Morrison ’74

Sheela Murthy, Esq.
Founder and President
Murthy Law Firm

David H. Nevins
Nevins & Associates, Chartered

Rhonda Overby
Chief Executive Officer
Camera Ready, Inc.

Todd Parchman
Parchman, Vaughan & Company, LLC

Marshall B. Paul, Esq.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

T. Scott Pugatch
Chair of the Board
Greenhill Properties, Inc.

Barry Rascovar
BCR Communications LLC

Dennis F. Rasmussen
The Rasmussen Group, LLC

The Honorable Eileen M. Rehrmann
Eileen Rehrmann & Associates, Inc.

Lawrence M. Rivitz
Marketing Initiative LLC

Owen J. Rouse, Jr.
Vice President of Investment Sales
MacKenzie Cos.

Lucy Rutishauser
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Ben Shifrin
Head of School
Jemicy School

Jane Frankel Sims, Esq.
Managing Attorney
Sims & Campbell – Estates and Trusts

Stuart O. Simms, Esq.

Kevin D. Smith

Leonard Stoler
Len Stoler Automotive

Michelle Swanenburg ’87
Head of Human Resources and Vice President
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Julie Szymaszek ’68

Vincent W. Talbert

Gilbert R. Trout
Director of Investment Real Estate
Trout Daniel & Associates LLC

Jo-Ellen Turner, Ed.D.

Sheila Walsh ’92 ’03M

Susan B. Wilfong ’70

The Honorable Robert A. Zirkin
Zirkin & Schmerling Law