Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Marilyn joined Walden University in 2008 and was named Vice Provost for the education and business colleges in 2018 after serving as dean of the school of psychology and program director for the Ph.D. in psychology, counseling psychology specialization.
Marilyn leads collaboratively with university, college, and school leaders to innovate and implement online and blended learning options for working adults, and ensuring academic quality, financial viability, student success, and faculty satisfaction. As part of the senior leadership team at Walden, she helps craft, refine, implement and evaluate short and longer-range plans for the university, focused on broad access to higher education.
Prior to her academic career, Marilyn worked in nonprofit behavioral health settings, developing, leading and funding successful social programs serving marginalized populations. A licensed psychologist for 20 years specializing in couples’ therapy, post-traumatic and other anxiety conditions, and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, Marilyn holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. She also earned a post-doctoral certificate in management from Walden University. Most recently, Marilyn was admitted to the 2019-2020 class of the Baldrige Executive Fellows program, a prestigious leadership development experience.