November 25, 2019

UM provost honored among ‘Women Who Shape the State’

Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Montevallo, has been named to the prestigious list of “Women Who Shape the State” by This is Alabama and Birmingham Magazine for the impact she has had on the University and the state as a whole.

Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong

Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong

Armstrong was one of just 30 women from throughout the state to make this year’s list, which was published in the November issue of Birmingham Magazine and on in October.

The list celebrates women in Alabama who have relentlessly pursued their goals in an effort to transform the state for the better.

“This accolade is the highlight of my 41 years in higher education,” Armstrong said. “I would not have received it if the University of Montevallo had not so graciously nominated me, and I am thankful for that. It is an honor to serve our faculty, staff and students.”

Armstrong has worked in many capacities since she was hired by the University in 1997.

Since coming to UM as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders in 1997, Armstrong has served in several roles of progressively increasing demand and responsibility. In 2000, she became an associate professor and clinic coordinator with the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, before becoming an associate professor and chair with the department in 2001.

In 2005, Armstrong was named associate professor and interim dean with the UM College of Arts and Sciences, and became chairperson of the college’s Department of Communication Science and Disorders the following year. In 2007, Armstrong was named professor and dean of the UM College of Arts and Sciences, and continued to serve in the role until her most recent promotion while simultaneously serving as the university’s interim vice president for academic affairs from 2011-2012.

At UM, Armstrong has played a key role in securing significant endowments, donations and grants to support undergraduate research, university facility renovations and student scholarships. She has supervised multiple program reviews for non-accredited College of Arts and Sciences majors, worked to add and oversee several new majors and minors at the university and implemented data-based course scheduling, all while increasing or maintaining enrollment in all College of Arts and Sciences departments.