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Marc Austin, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Marc Austin, PhD

Dean and Associate Provost - Augusta University Online | Augusta University


Senior business leader in higher ed professional and workforce development.



Leading the development of Augusta University Online to provide high quality online access to students and professional learners. An academic leader specializing in online learning, workforce development, continuing and professional education. Focused on innovating degree and non-degree attainment through, technology-enabled, skills-based learning models.

With a background in management consulting, corporate strategy and operations, fosters highly collaborative, new products, organizations, and learning designs, with the intent of advancing social impact. A results-driven manager of startups and mature businesses in professional services and higher ed, committed to building organizations that connect learning innovation to the future of work.

Specialties as a business leader and professor of strategy, include: strategy development, planning, performance management, organizational design, business process improvement, financial analysis, strategic communications and change management.

Passion for working with faculty and practitioners to improve the learner experience and learning outcomes.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Online Education

Micro-Credential Development

Higher Education Strategy and Operations

Online Learning and Student Service Models

Professional and Executive Education

Academic Innovation

Accomplishments (5)

Awarded Strada Education Innovative Solutions in Education to Employment Grant (professional)

2019 Strada Education Network provided a $1M grant to help George Mason University launch the ADVANCE Career Accelerator Toolkit. ADVANCE is a seamless transfer pathways partnership between Mason and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) that offers students defined roadmaps and integrated support services leading to successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. Article 1 - https://bit.ly/3zA0oOm Article 2 - https://bit.ly/3ttKD7p

Launched the ADVANCE NOVA/Mason Partnership (professional)

2018 ADVANCE is an exciting partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and George Mason University (Mason) that gives NOVA students targeted, personalized support to complete their bachelor's degrees in a timely manner and save money. From HigherEdToday.org - https://bit.ly/3HiMcuM Learn more about NOVA - https://www.nvcc.edu/advance/

Launched the Online Virginia Network (OVN) (professional)

2016 Learn more about OVN - https://onlinevirginia.net/

CEB (Gartner) Force of Ideas Award (professional)

2015 Learn more - https://prn.to/3ObJeKR

Hermes Creative Award: Platinum and Communicator Award


Education (4)

Columbia University: Ph.D., International Political Economy 2000

Columbia University: M.A., Political Science 1996

London School of Economics: M.Sc. (with distinction), International Relations 1992

University of Pennsylvania: B.A., History

Media Appearances (1)

Preparing to launch Augusta University Online

The Augusta Press  online


By fall classes in 2023, Augusta University expects to offer a completely new way to attract students, an avenue that could lead to enrollment doubling. Augusta University Online has a webpage with the nuts and bolts of what will be the first steps and long-range vision. “As Augusta’s new online college, we will create connected classrooms fostering active, experiential learning. We will make education more accessible for the working learner and create access to excellence for Georgians and beyond.”

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