Dr. Christopher Maynard
Christopher Maynard joined University of Houston-Clear Lake in September 2021 in an interim role, succeeding Steven J. Berberich, who served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs from 2018-2021. In his new role, Dr. Maynard presides over key functions, including providing leadership for the deans of all four colleges. He also supervises the Office of Information Technology, the Alfred R. Neumann Library, the Environmental Institute of Houston, and Online Programs.
Dr. Maynard brings more than 24 years of experience to UHCL, with both faculty and administrative positions. Most recently, he worked as a tenured professor of history at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) for four years. He also served as the interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, vice provost, and associate vice provost — also at SHSU. As interim provost, he provided administrative oversight to direct reports from the vice provost, college deans, AVP for Distance Learning, and director of Academic Budget and Reporting.
Many of Dr. Maynard's higher education accomplishments aimed at improving learning environments for students and working environments for faculty and staff. His latest major achievement involves the development of a university plan that allowed for a fall 2021 schedule without a social distancing requirement. He also strengthened the campus’s focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice initiatives. Previously, he worked with the Texas State University System Office of General Counsel to improve AA documents related to faculty hires, appointments and workload to ensure equity.
A few of his other noteworthy achievements include improving communication for the Division of Student Affairs, creating programs that provide administrative opportunities for faculty from underrepresented groups, and helping to strengthen the relationship with community colleges and transfer students.
Dr. Maynard holds a Doctor of Philosophy in History and a Master of Arts in History, both from Louisiana State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lee University and studied for a semester abroad in Cambridge, England.