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Elliot Hirshman

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 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.

Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.

Stevenson welcomed its seventh president, Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., on July 3, 2017. Dr. Hirshman has more than 30 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.


B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude 1979-1983 Yale University
M.A., Cognitive Psychology 1983-1984 University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology
Minor Areas: Personality Psychology, Quantitative Psychology
1984-1987 University of California, Los Angeles
Post-Doctoral Fellow
National Institute of Mental Health
1987-1989 New 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

  • Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Maryland Independent College and University Association (2019-Present)
  • Member At-Large, Board of Directors, Owings Mills Corporate Roundtable (2021-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

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
Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D. 

Susan Gorman

Susan T. Gorman, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President,
Academic Affairs
and Provost

Antionette Marbray

Antionette Marbray
Vice President,
Legal Affairs, State and Federal Relations,
and Strategic Planning

Melanie M. Edmondson

Melanie M. Edmondson
Vice President,
Finance & Administration
and Chief Financial Officer

Sue Kenney

Sue B. Kenney
Vice President and
Chief of Staff

Mark Hergan

Mark J. Hergan
Vice President,
Enrollment Management

David Jordan

David C. Jordan
Vice President,
Human Resources

John Buettner

John Buettner
Vice President,
Marketing and Digital Communications

Tiffany Sanchez

Tiffany Sanchez
Vice President,
Student Affairs

Christopher Vaughan

Christopher Vaughan
Vice President,
University Advancement

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees


  1. Arthur F. Bell, Jr., CPA
    Managing Member and Owner
    Belltower LLC
  2. Sandra R. Berman
    Sandra & Malcolm Berman Charitable Foundation
  3. Robert D. Biagiotti, P.E.
    Vice President, Electric Operations Division
    Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
  4. Barbara M. Bozzuto
  5. Robert C. Brennan
    Treasurer of the Board
    Former Executive Director
    Maryland Economic Development Corporation
  6. David A. Burrows, Jr. '92 '94 '94 '95 '99M
    President and Owner
    Visual Integrators
  7. Ronald M. Causey, CPA
    SC&H Group
  8. Anthony Davis ’02 ’03M
    Ex officio
    Energy & Comfort Consultant
    BGE Home
  9. Samuel M. Dell III
  10. Karen P. Gibbs
    President and Founder
    The Gibbs Perspective
  11. Herbert J. Hoelter
    Co-Founder and CEO
    National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, Inc.
  12. Nancy C. Hubble, GRI, CRS, ABR
    Long & Foster Real Estate
    Christie's International
    Partner - The Hubble Bisbee Group
  13. Sean A. Isaac, M.D.
    US Anesthesia Partners
  14. Brenda Bowe Johnson, Ph.D.
    Vice President
    The Language House, Inc.
  1. Donna L. Kahoe '99
    Bel Air, Maryland Board of Town Commissioners
  2. Meredith A. Mowen '95
    Managing Director
    1919 Investment Counsel
  3. Sheela Murthy, Esq.
    Founder and President
    Murthy Law Firm
  4. T. Scott Pugatch
    Chair of the Board
    Greenhill Properties, Inc.
  5. Jennifer Ward Reynolds, CFA
    Partner and Director
    Ward Properties
  6. Paul Mark Sandler, Esq.
    Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler
  7. Margaret "Meg" Sheetz
  8. Kathleen Sher
    K Sher Consulting
    Philanthropy, Marketing, and External Affairs Consultant
  9. Anna L. Smith
    Secretary of the Board
    Group Vice President
    Family Wealth
    Wilmington Trust
  10. James B. Stradtner, CFA
    Managing Partner
    Century Private Investments LLC

  11. Judith S. Waranch, Esq.
    Managing Director
    The Waranch Group, LLC
  12. Orsia Foudos Young, Esq. ’79
President's Advisory Council

President's Advisory Council  


Leonard Attman
President and Chairman
Attman Holdings, LLC
Chairman of the Board, FutureCare
Health and Management Corporation
Richards R. Badmington
Vice President, Communications
W.R. Grace & Co.
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
Luis E. Borunda
Deputy Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Christina Struhar Bowman ’02
Clifton Larson Allen LLP
Aurelia Burt
Education Consultant
Kevin G. Byrnes
Alexander G. Campbell III
A.G. Campbell Advisory
D. Keith Campbell
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Campbell and Company
Jeanne M. City '79
Lee Coplan, AIA
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
U.S. Intermediaries | Head of VA Field Distribution
Vice President, T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc.
Jonathan E. Farber
Passive Capital Management, LLC
Pamela Felton
Mitchell F. Ford
The Ford Group
Steven D. Frenkil, Esq.
Miles & Stockbridge
Donald C. Fry, Esq.
President and CEO
Greater Baltimore Committee
Susan J. Ganz
Lion Brothers Co., Inc.
Tere Geckle
Susan Guarnieri, MD
Rosemary K. Harder '69
Charles E. "Ted" Herget, Jr.
Asset Strategy Consultants
Ebony Hypolite '06
SC&H Group 
Savas J. Karas
CIO and Chief Transformation Officer
Geppi Entertainment and Media
Yong Kim, CPA, MBA
Vice President of Finance and Accounting
Kathy Kimber
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
John G. McCormick
Carol Menning '69
Robert G. Merrick III
Asset Strategy Consultants
Charlotte Modly, MD
Women’s Hospital Foundation
Donna Morrison '74
David H. Nevins
Nevins & Associates, Chartered
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
Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Rosemore, Inc.
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.
Chief Counsel, Maryland Legal Aid
Karen Sitnick
Kevin D. Smith
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
Christopher Tsakalos '03
Jo-Ellen Turner, Ed.D.
Sheila Walsh '92 '03M
Ashley J. Ward, Esq. '09
Associate Attorney
Cordell + Cordell
Susan B. Wilfong '70
The Honorable Robert A. Zirkin
Zirkin & Schmerling Law


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